Almost Hidden – JLA/Hitman
Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.
I want you folks to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.
I had a number of people ask for me to spotlight the uncollected Hitman issues. These theoretically will all be collected at one point or another, but the JLA/Hitman mini-series will likely be collected last. Written by Garth Ennis and John McCrea, this series took place after the events of the Hitman series (but is a flashback to the days of the Hitman series). So if you don’t want the ending of the Hitman series ruined, stop reading now!
Okay, so Tommy Monaghan, the hitman who starred in the comic Hitman, died in the last issue of Hitman.
JLA/Hitman is the untold story of how Tommy helped the JLA on a mission, as told by Clark Kent.
Tommy gained superpowers from aliens during the Bloodlines crossover, and over the years Ennis told stories where Tommy interacted with Batman, Green Lantern and, most famously, Superman (where Tommy and Superman have a rooftop heart-to-heart where Tommy helps reaffirm Superman’s faith in both himself and humanity in general).
So when the Bloodlines aliens (or worse, EVOLVED Bloodlines aliens) return, Batman knows who they can turn to for information about the aliens…
Once on the JLA’s moon headquarters, Batman is irked to learn that Green Lantern actually teamed up with Hitman…
The news really shakes Superman, and we see more of that in the second issue.
The big twist at the end of the first issue is that the aliens somehow jam the powers of the JLA (including Green Lantern’s power ring) while Superman is on their hijacked NASA shuttle.
So at the beginning of the next issue, the JLA is powerless against the aliens, who we see have taken control of the astronauts…
That’s some spooky stuff, huh?
Hitman responds the only way he knows how…
I love that line.
And once Batman is taken out of the picture…
then Tommy is actually the next most capable member of the JLA after Wonder Woman, so the JLA sort of NEEDS his help.
So Tommy and the remaining league members fight the aliens. Meanwhile, the President of the United States has ordered a nuclear strike on the Watchtower because the JLA have been neutralized, so they are working under some heavy duty time constraints.
And when Superman shows up with a parasite attached to HIM? Well, things look bad.
The series ends with an incredibly poignant tribute to Tommy from Superman. Go find these issues to go see it! This was a strong two issues.