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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 214

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!

We’re finishing our look at Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s great graphic novel, JLA Earth 2.

Today, we look at the after-effects of the epic meet-up of the JLA and the CSA…

As it turns out, an alternate version of Brainiac (who seemed to be working as Ultraman’s servent) secretly had planned the switch of the Justice League with the Crime Syndicate, using the theory that since the JLA can’t win on the CSA’s Earth, then Brainiac’s plans could not be stopped by the Justice League.

However, the JLA fooled him by basically surrendering and allowing the Crime Syndicate to return to their own Earth, just in time for Ultraman to basically lobotomize Brainiac.

So we see how the Justice League (and on the other Earth, the evil Super-Woman and Owlman) are handling the aftermath of the battle…

(Click to enlarge the above double-page splash)

I suppose “the” moment is showing Ultraman back “in charge,” giving the story a bit of a humorous AND foreboding ending, but the JLA’s speeches were great moments, as well.


And the status quo goes right back to the way it was, for better or for worse. My favorite part is definitely the JLA looked down to see their muddled reflections.

God, I love Frank Quitely so much.

Quote: God, I love Frank Quitely so much.

I second that. His artwork always looked clean IMHO =)

Bernard the Poet

August 3, 2009 at 2:03 am

I always liked the line about Luthor having the strength to keep losing so relentlessly. Inevitably you draw parallels with the Justice League’s version of Luthor. It gives him a tragic Don Quixote air.

Whoops, didn’t realise you had another one. But as I said yesterday, the moment for me is when Ultraman incinerates the Kitten stuck in a tree as a great reversal on the old “heroic” standard.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 3, 2009 at 6:00 am

@Adam K & R3D RJ:

Well, don’t forget to give Morrison some love.

Writers need love too.

Spread the love.


Frank Quitely is great, but man is his Kyle Rayner was horrible.

Also, that costume with the crab mask remains Kyle Rayner’s best, why don’t they just go back to it?

I like Quitely’s Kyle Rayner, T. Especially the hair. That’s a great coif for him. Casual, laid back, easy to maintain.

His body’s a bit bulky, but that’s Quitely style.

I miss the crab mask costume too. Which is funny, because I hated it when Kyle debuted. I’d love to see Morrison write him again. Preferably in a team book with Buddy Baker, Zauriel, and Frankenstein.

i would go with the bit where martian Manhunter says they looked into a mirror and saw their reflections muddied plus also where wonder woman can not get luthor always losing on that world and if she could ever do that. proves Grant knew how to handle the big guns of the dcu

Why is Owlman not allowed to kiss evil Super-Woman?

She’s Ultraman’s property, basically.

Looks like there are a couple of pages from a previous “Cool Moment” in there

Which one?

Hmm – it’s gone now. I was seeing Aquaman harpooning power ring instead of the 3rd image and Superwoman trying to seduce J’onn instead of the last image. It’s back to normal now.



Yeah, the Triangle thing is played up through the whole book, with Ultraman warning Owlman he’s going to go too far, and Owlman reminding him he has “photographs”.

Although it’s partially because Quitely couldn’t draw it, but MAN does the Kyle costume look horrible from the back.

I think a happy middle ground between that and the Lee-designed suit would’ve been the best look for Kyle – distinctive enough from the old school Lantern outfit, but not quite as weird as the Marz-era costume. It’s a good look, don’t get me wrong, but something about the design – maybe the fact that it’s a rare asymmetrical DC costume, a trait only shared by Firestorm – always bugged me.

(Yes, I know that technically Flash and Superman are asymmetrical, but… c’mon, people.)

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