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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 187

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, we see what happens when two mad scientists team up to create a Justice Leaguer!


JLA #5 was the first issue after the first story arc had concluded, and Grant Morrison and Howard Porter used it for a standalone issue (this issue was also the first one to feature Superman in his “Blue Superman” form) where we see that former League villains, Dr. Ivo and T.O. Morrow (creators of Amazo and Red Tornado, respectively), have teamed up to create the latest member of the Justice League (unbenown to the Justice League themselves, of course), Tomorrow Woman!

However, you know how these things go, so she decided to fight back, even though she literally cannot conceive of a life with freedom…

SO many great moments, but I suppose I would have to go with the bit where she’s trying to say she did it for freedom, but she doesn’t have the word in her vocabulary.

There are a lot of challengers, though, for best moment in the issue, from Superman’s words at the funeral at the end to Ivo and Morrow’s back and forths – this was a great issue.


This just brings me back to the glory days of the JLA. Everything about that issue just crackled off the page, bloody marvellous.

The moment for me is “I just showed you a soul being born.”

Fantastic issue. I’m so glad she’s been brought back vis Trinity.

Also worth mentioning are the recruitment drive scenes shown earlier. Hitman’s was hilarious.

Worthy of noting: All four of those heroes whose statues are visible on the last page have come back.

T.O. Morrow rocks. I’ve always liked him better than Ivo for some reason.

For me, the moment is: “And you didn’t bury one today.” One’s of Superman’s best lines in all of Morrison’s run. What a great epilogue.

And yeah, it’s weird how Ollie, Tora, Rex, and Barry all made it back eventually.

95% awesome, except for Electro-Superman.

The Crazed Spruce

July 7, 2009 at 6:34 am

For some strange reason, none of the newsstands in my hometown carried Grant Morrison’s run on JLA except for a single issue. This one.

For me, the moment was when Tomorrow Woman sacrificed herself to stop “IF”. (Although Ivo and Morrow toasting each other as the JLA bust down the door comes a very close second.) The best LINE, though, has GOT to be “I’ll have you know I studied mad science at Harvard, you oaf!” :)

And if the recruitment scenes from this issue don’t show up later on in this list, I’ll be sorely disappointed.

Aww, poor Ollie Queen, Ice, Metamorpho, Barry Allen. It’s nice to see how DC gave a little shine to their deaths there, enhancing the drama of the DCU. Nothing touches me quite like respect for the stories that came before.

This and Waid’s run on Flash are what dragged me into my temporary foray into the DC universe after Marvel’s horrifying sequence of Onslaught, Heroes Reborn, the Clone saga, and changing the writers on X-men every three months as a “selling point”.

I dropped all comics except this one and Flash. It didn’t last long, though, because then I left for college and had no way to get new issues. :(

Yeah, its so weird that so many of the JLA have been killed and then brought back. Its amazing they even bother to mourn anyone anymore.

Rohan Williams

July 7, 2009 at 9:15 am

Oh, man – this might be my favourite single issue ever. It was the first Grant Morrison comic I’d ever read (and I was, like, 9 or 10), so even if I’ve read other comics since that I might rate ahead of it (like All-Star Superman #10), this one just had such a huge impact on me.

“Present in vocabulary” is THE moment for me, but you could throw a dart at pretty much any of the pages and find something cool.

the moment for me is when ivo and T morrow figure out that they made tomorrow woman so good that like the red tornado she developed her own ethics program. that and her funeral was a touching moment

I never realized this before! Look on Page 21! Wonder Woman is sporting a Mullet! A very long mullet! But a mullet none the less!

God Howard Porter sucks.

I loved this comic. It persuaded me that the first four issues weren’t just a fluke, and that I was going to be with JLA for the long haul.

“Yeah, its so weird that so many of the JLA have been killed and then brought back. Its amazing they even bother to mourn anyone anymore.”

Funny you just say that, because there was a bit at the beginning of this issue where Superman and the Reverend are the only ones in attendance at Metamorpho’s funeral since everyone else is sure he’s going to come back. Superman even feels a little sorry for Metamorpho since there were so many people at his funeral, failing to grasp the irony it would seem. Unless I’m using the word “irony” incorrectly, which I most certainly almost am.

Have a good day.
John Cage

For me, the moment is the toast “To the good old days!” Emblematic of Morrison’s whole run, if you ask me. His whole JLA felt like one big foray into the wackiness of the Silver Age. I’ve got some back issue digging to do!

I’m gonna re-read this story, because I found it quite weak the first time …

It is funny, but I was a little disappointed when I first read this.

Professor Ivo had been totally horrifying during the final arc of the Justice League: Detroit era. JM DeMatties and Luke McDonnell wrote a brutal, grim four-issue story featuring Ivo beating down characters like Vibe, Gypsy, Vixen and Steel. I’d loved “New World Order” and expected Morrison to play Ivo as a Big, Bad menace. Instead, he went the other way and played him as kind of a dilettante.

In the intervening years, it has really grown on me. There was something genteel about the Gardner Fox material and Morrison does a nice nod in that direction with Ivo and T.O. Morrow bantering and sipping champagne. It feels like a fond farewell to a simpler age that manages to not be cloying.

The moment for me is certainly Superman alone at the grave-site. It is a shame that it was during his “blue period”, but it is still a great character moment.

Actually, the best thing is the “WHUMP!” sound effect on page 19.

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