History ComicBook / Justice

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* CardboardPrison: Arkham Asylum, as usual. Lampshaded [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110623175220/marvel_dc/images/1/16/Joker_%28Justice%29_002.jpg by the Joker]].


* CardboardPrison: Arkham Asylum, as usual. Lampshaded [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110623175220/marvel_dc/images/1/16/Joker_%28Justice%29_002.jpg by the Joker]]. Captain Marvel expresses incredulity it's been able to hold Doctor Sivana, and for good reason.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Oliver apparently wears earplugs during sex with Black Canary -- which implies she has sonic scream {{Immodest Orgasm}}s!
1st Jan '18 11:42:29 AM AnotherGuy
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* DarkerAndEdgier: While having the reputation of being LighterAndSofter, the straightforward story is still fairly chilling, and some aspects of the story are heavy duty NightmareFuel.
28th Nov '17 1:33:46 PM Materioptikon
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* VictoryByEndurance: In the final battle, Hal Jordan faces Sinestro. Eventually, [[spoiler: Hal reveals that he's not using his own ring, but Sinestro's spare ring, with a chunk of blue kryptonite on it to make it look green (yellow + blue= green). Hal could either defeat Sinestro normally, or wait until both rings were depleted (they drew on the same power battery). Option 2 happens, and Hal defeats Sinestro with his fists.]]


* VictoryByEndurance: In the final battle, Hal Jordan faces Sinestro. Eventually, [[spoiler: Hal reveals that he's not using his own ring, but Sinestro's spare ring, with a chunk of blue kryptonite on it to make it look green (yellow + blue= green). Hal could either defeat Sinestro normally, or wait until both rings were depleted (they drew on the same power battery). Option 2 happens, and Hal defeats Sinestro with his fists. The blue kryptonite, meanwhile, was used to great effect against Bizarro.]]
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* DeusExMachina: Green Lantern, sent into the darkness beyond the universe, converts himself into energy and stores himself within an illusion in his ring, but almost immediately realizes everything needs his direct input to do ''anything''. He very nearly goes insane with CabinFever... and then [[ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger a helpful fellow in a fedora]] drags him out of the illusion, and gives him his lantern and a way home.
20th Aug '17 5:49:14 AM StFan
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters And this isn't even the entire cast.]]]]

''Justice'' is a 12-issue limited series published by Creator/DCComics from 2005-2007, created by Jim Krueger, Creator/AlexRoss, and Doug Braithwaite. It's a departure from normal continuity, but not quite an {{Elseworld}} story. It takes the concepts of the DC Comics characters as they were in the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver]] and [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze]] Ages and writes a new story using them. The plot concerns the villains reforming and [[CutLexLuthorACheck using their abilities to help mankind.]] Naturally, [[FalselyReformedVillain it's not all as it seems,]] as the entire plot to "help" humanity requires the use of Brainiac's MindControl worms. It's up to the assorted superhero teams ([[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], ComicBook/DoomPatrol, ComicBook/TeenTitans, ComicBook/MetalMen) to save the day.

Notable for being ''very'' idealistic on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism sliding scale,]] while not veering into LighterAndSofter or {{Camp}} territory. It's almost a higher-quality ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''.

Not to be confused with ComicBook/TheNewUniverse comic of [[NamesTheSame the same name]]. Or [[Music/{{Justice}} the French electronic band]]. ''Or'' the DC game/comic series ''VideoGame/{{Injustice}}''.

!!''Justice'' provides examples of:

* AlasPoorYorick: In ''Justice #12'', Superman does this with [[spoiler:Brainiac's head]]. Subverted because he isn't sorry at all, and he [[spoiler:crushes the metal head angrily]].
* AndIMustScream: In the beginning, Hal Jordan is shot by Sinestro into nowhere. Since his ring is unable to determine where Hal is and how he can get back, Hal transfers himself into the ring to survive - a process that can only be undone from outside. To make things worse, Hal becomes [[SanitySlippage absorbed by the world and memories he sees inside the ring.]]
* AuthorAppeal: If you couldn't tell by the character roster, Alex Ross is a really big fan of ''WesternAnimation/SuperFriends''.
* BadassArmFold: ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} does this in issue 8.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Played with, in that Captain Marvel is able to ''talk'' in space because, well, magic, while Superman ''cannot'' talk. Supes manages to communicate without speaking anyway.
* BatmanGambit: So much of the Justice League's final plan to stop the villains is composed of this. Though a crucial portion of it requires not FlawExploitation but Virtue Exploiation, [[spoiler:as they counted on John Stewart to know ''exactly'' what he had to do as soon as he got the ring, without being told]]. See ExactlyWhatIAimedAt and IdentityImpersonator below for more.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: [[spoiler: While Wonder Woman is horrifically disfigured into a charred unrecognizable form, by the very end of the story she is ultimately restored to her original beauty.]]
* BigBad: Brainiac
* BigDamnHero: Captain Marvel's rescue of Superman is almost a TropeCodifier.
* BodyHorror: Giganta's growth powers are rendered rather disturbingly. As is Clayface, who has a disturbingly human looking face in the middle of his blobbish form.
** The result of [[spoiler:Cheetah's poisoning of Wonder Woman]] by the end.
** Not quite shown, but Zatanna's reaction to [[spoiler: finding Aquaman with most of his encephalitic cavity exposed and his brain missing]] speaks volumes. [[spoiler: Turns out the merman is still alive even after ''that'']].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy:
** At certain points in the story, Batman, Captain Marvel, the entire Franchise/TeenTitans, etc.
** Most of the Second Generation of heroes -Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}, Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}, Comicbook/{{Robin}}, Comicbook/WonderGirl, Aqualad, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel...- were mind-controlled by the Brainiac's worms and forced to fight the older heroes.
* TheCavalry: Captain Marvel has a great rescue for Superman in one chapter and The Franchise/GreenLantern [[TheChosenMany Corps]] lends some ''very'' timely assistance at the climax.
* CardboardPrison: Arkham Asylum, as usual. Lampshaded [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110623175220/marvel_dc/images/1/16/Joker_%28Justice%29_002.jpg by the Joker]].
* ChekhovsGunman: The Joker. He makes a few cameo appearances expressing his outrage over not being part of the Legion of Doom, but never really does anything important... [[spoiler: [[LaserGuidedKarma until Scarecrow is about to make his getaway]]...]]
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Brainiac is modeled after Creator/GrantMorrison.
* CrazyPrepared: Flash snatches Captain Cold's freeze gun away at super speed, only to find out it's a fake, allowing Captain Cold to whip out his real one.
* CurbStompBattle: Supergirl vs Poison Ivy. The former is super-strong, invulnerable and has literally burning eyes. The latter controls plants. No contest.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: The supposed motive for the fake villain reforms. They assert that the superheroes never actually make the world any better, they just [[StatusQuoIsGod maintain the status quo]]. Such technological marvels as Captain Cold creating oases in the desert and Scarecrow using his medical knowledge to cure the blind would be genuine examples of this trope if they were sincere.
* DarkestHour:
** All the hostages (dozens) and all the victims of the mindcontrol worms (also dozens).
** Hal Jordan being thrown out to the edge of the universe and trapped inside his own ring.
** Superman weakened by kryptonite in the presence of superstrong foes.
** Flash unable to stop his superspeed.
** Aquaman captured by the enemy.
** The Atom in hospital after a gun wound, and enemies coming after him there.
* DownerBeginning: The story begins with a dream about the world exploding from nuclear explosions, with Superman being the only survivor. On their selfish plan to avert that, the villains steal Batman's data on the heroes' identities, [[DarkestHour putting so many of them out of commission]] that [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman backup members of the Justice League become needed to save the day.]]
* TheDragon: Lex Luthor
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Black Manta's mooks flat-out refuse to obey his order to [[spoiler:kill Aquaman's son]].
** This was the reason Brainiac hit Dr. Sivana with the mind-control worms. [[spoiler: Sivana found out about Brainiac's ''real'' plan and objected to it, so Brainiac injected him with the worms to keep him from alerting the Justice League.]]
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: When mind-controlled ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' is holding several heroes hostage, Green Arrow fires a glowing green arrow at her, which Black Canary says is Kryptonite. She side-steps, then mocks them for saying what he's doing aloud. Arrow retorts, "Superhearing that my arrow was tipped with kryptonite doesn't mean it is." Cue John Stewart retrieving his ring from the arrow and then freeing the controlled heroes.
* FalselyReformedVillain: The entire Legion of Doom pretends to reform in order to discredit the superheroes.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: In ''Justice #12'', Superman does this to [[spoiler:Lex Luthor]] when they manage to catch him.
* GardenOfEvil: Poison Ivy turns the Batcave into one when she attacks and brainwashes Batman.
* GenreThrowback: To ''Challenge of the {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}.''
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: When Superman finds Toyman and sees what he has done, his eyes glow as he quietly states "You have no idea what losing your '''world''' is like". It's ''incredibly'' scary.
* GodIsGood: Queen Hyppolyta prays to Aphrodite and Athena for [[spoiler:Diana's life]]. And they grant her request.
* {{Gonk}}: Dr. Sivana was always fairly ugly, but here he looks the hideous love child of Ross Perot and a goat.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Dr. Sivana, who invented the mind-control probes, is driven insane by them.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Captain Marvel throws Superman into the sun to burn out the mind control probes that were infecting him. [[spoiler:At the end, the Green Lantern Corps also get rid of every nuclear bomb in this way.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}:
** Black Manta attempts to excuse his actions away by claiming that he's taking revenge for the slavery and suffering black people have suffered throughout history, and yet he effectively mind-controls and enslaves his mooks, all of whom are black. Aquaman calls him out on it.
** Similarly, Lex Luthor believes that humanity is growing too complacent and dependent on the godlike alien Superman. So he sells them out to a ''different'' godlike alien, Brainiac.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: The Ring will not allow Hal Jordan to commit suicide. [[JackassGenie Go mad from isolation, yes]], but suicide is not allowed.
* IdentityImpersonator:In the final battle sequence, Parasite tries to use Kryptonite against the superhero wearing a metal suit with a giant S symbol on it. Turns out the superhero inside is [[spoiler: Captain Marvel]].
* ImposterForgotOneDetail: Clayface assumes Dinah Lance is a natural blonde when he takes her form, unaware she actually wears a wig when she's Black Canary. Oliver does notice, [[spoiler: but thinks Dinah was being kinky [[TheImmodestOrgasm and so puts earplugs in]]. It ends up protecting him from the real Dinah's Canary Cry.]]
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Batman does this to Captain Cold. What's more, because he's wearing Wonder Woman's lasso, he has to be serious about following through with his threats in order to make them.
* KarmaHoudini: ''Horribly'' subverted with [[spoiler: Scarecrow, who gets killed by Joker just as he's about to make his escape.]]
* KryptoniteRing: Mind-controlled Batman attempts to use his on Superman.
* LastSecondChance: Wonder Woman tried to reach Cheetah out several times, but when they fight in issue 12, Diana makes very clear that she has run out of patience and Cheetah has no shots at redemption left.
* LegionOfDoom
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Features not only the Justice League, but the Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, Metal Men, and the Marvel family.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Captain Cold's reason for joining up with the Legion.
* ManiacMonkeys: Gorilla Grodd
* MindControl: Brainiac's microscopic worms infect several of the heroes over the course of the story.
* MindRape: Gorilla Grodd is able to make ComicBook/MartianManhunter think that he's on fire through psychic manipulation, all the while when J'onn is actually at the bottom of the ocean.
* MoreThanMindControl: Scarecrow himself states that the parasites never forced him to do anything he would not have done anyways.
* MythologyGag: Lots:
** Comicbook/TheJoker's outrage over not being included with the Legion of Doom. In the original animated series, the Joker ''was'' supposed to be a part of the Legion of Doom, but thanks to ExecutiveMeddling, it never happened.
** References to Lois Lane's interview with Superman in the first Film/{{Superman}} movie.
** Toyman (Winslow Schott) builds a giant robot resembling the Jack Nimball version.
** One of Brainiac's experiments, a white monkey with a computer brain attached to its head, resembles Koko, Brainiac's pet "space monkey" from the pre-Crisis Superman comics.
** Ray Palmer wears a suit of armor that resembles the Silver Age Atomic Knight (Gardner Grayle).
** Hawkman and Hawkwoman's armor suits resemble the Thanagarian deities from ''Legend of the Hawkman''.
** You can see the ''original'' Franchise/{{Batman}} costume in the Batcave. The one from before Bill Finger.
** In addition, Batman's armored suit resembles the batmobile's design from the 60's ''{{Series/Batman}}'' show.
** As is noted in the story, the mind-control drones are based off of Mister Mind.
** Supergirl wears her classic Silver Age "hot pants" costume.
** Priscilla Rich performs a ritual in order to become the Cheetah again, similar to the Barbara Ann Minerva version.
** Zatanna's suit of armor resembles a silver version of her Bronze Age costume.
* NoodleImplements: Oliver seems to hint that he and Black Canary get a little kinky sometimes.
* NoSell: Neither Wonder Woman nor Supergirl care for Poison Ivy's tactics. The former is super-strong, the second is super-strong, poison-resistant and has heat vision.
* NotSoDifferent: Batman has an epiphany that Superman's methods are somewhat compatible with his "Fight Evil Through Fear" philosophy. The crime rate in Metropolis dropped dramatically ever since Superman revealed his powers, most importantly X-Ray vision and super hearing, in an interview. Batman concludes that this news has left the criminals too scared to try anything, since Supes would immediately find them. He then congratulates Supes on using Fear to its fullest potential, but his reasoning only leaves Superman confused.
** Subverted with Black Manta. Aquaman calls him out on his claims that his motive is revenge for the black people's slavery and discrimination by pointing out that Manta is using mind-control to enslave his minions (all black) into serving him. Manta comments on the irony, then says he doesn't care and keeps attacking.
* OlderAlterEgo: Several times in the story, it's apparent that Captain Marvel is really a 10-year-old boy.
* PantyShot: Elasti-Girl in issue #11.
* PapaWolf: Aquaman, when Brainiac kidnaps his son.
* PeoplePuppets: See MindControl
* PietaPlagiarism: In ''Comicbook/{{Justice}} #12'' Kara does this to Comicbook/PoisonIvy after knocking her out with a blast of heat vision.
* PoweredArmor: Various heroes ''wear'' the ComicBook/MetalMen as armor.
* PowerGlows:
** Superman and Supergirl whole bodies glow red when they use their eye beams.
** A green aura surrounds Hal Jordan when he uses his ring.
* {{Reconstruction}}: Of the Silver And Bronze Ages.
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** Superman's eyes glow red when he is facing his enemies.
** Supergirl's eyes glow red when she is about to blast Green Arrow and Black Canary, and when she burns Poison Ivy's plants and blasts her.
* SadisticChoice: The Legion of Doom brainwashed the younger heroes -Supergirl, Batgirl, the Teen Titans, the Marvel family- and kidnapped the relatives and friends of the Leaguers. Superman put it best: they were never frightened of dying while doing what is right... but can they risk their families and friends's lives for the sake of a mass of strangers?
* ShipTease: Captain Marvel/Wonder Woman and Superman/Zatanna.
* ShootingSuperman: Deconstructed by Superman himself when he says that being bulletproof means nothing because the bullets don't stop after bouncing off him and they can hurt someone else.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Very much on the idealist side.
* SpaceIsNoisy: Played with. Captain Marvel talks to Superman while in space, but the latter cannot respond. Why? Cap is using ''magic'' to talk in space.
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger, The Metal Men, and John Stewart were all threats the Legion failed to take into account.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The series is jokingly described by Alex Ross as "''All Star Justice League"'' due to being similar to the [[ComicBook/AllStarDCComics All Star books]] in terms of discontinuity and AdaptationDistillation. Somewhat subverted in the "successor" department since ''Justice'' was being made around the same time period when the All Star line was still alive.
* SuperheroSpeciation: The old Elongated Man/Plastic Man feud about who should be the "stretchy guy" on the team. Plastic Man responds that since Captain Marvel and Superman are both [[FlyingBrick flying bricks]], and there's room for both of them, there can be two stretchy guys on the League.
* SuperpowerMeltdown: At the beginning of the story, Flash is stuck running around the world at light-speed, and can't slow down. He's running so fast, he's '''racing himself'''.
* TakeThat: Some fans have speculated that the miniseries was either Alex Ross doing a Take That or at least a "measured response" to the ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' miniseries.
* TeleportationRescue: Happens to Hal Jordan: after he is teleported by the villains so far outside the known universe that no ComicBook/GreenLantern ring, including his own, would help him get back, a magic-using ally eventually locates and teleports him back to Earth, because magic.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman:
** Brainiac discusses and subverts this trope when operating on Aquaman by explaining that, though Aquaman’s powers are sometimes under-appreciated, he believes his telepathic powers are among the most impressive in the JLA. Considering Brainiac is talking to and about [[TropeNamer Aquaman himself]], this may be an attempt to [[DiscreditedTrope discredit this trope]].
** The trope is played more straight—though while still demonstrating Brainiac’s point—when Aquaman is able to contact the sea creatures to make a gigantic X pointing to his location large enough to be seen from the Justice League satellite. [[ConvenientEnemyBase Good thing Aquaman was being held underwater]].
* TokenMinority:
** [[Franchise/GreenLantern John Stewart]] for the good guys.
** [[ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} Black Manta]] looks like this at first, but racism ends up being a major theme of his arc.
* TranquilFury: Superman is absolutely furious when he faces [[spoiler:Toyman, Brainiac and Lex Luthor]], but he talks and acts calmly.
* UseYourHead: How Wonder Woman takes down Cheetah.
* VictoryByEndurance: In the final battle, Hal Jordan faces Sinestro. Eventually, [[spoiler: Hal reveals that he's not using his own ring, but Sinestro's spare ring, with a chunk of blue kryptonite on it to make it look green (yellow + blue= green). Hal could either defeat Sinestro normally, or wait until both rings were depleted (they drew on the same power battery). Option 2 happens, and Hal defeats Sinestro with his fists.]]
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: In ''Justice #7'', a mind-controlled Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} tells Comicbook/LoisLane that she doesn't know what her cousin sees in her in ''Comicbook/{{Justice}} #8'':
-->'''Supergirl:''' I don't know what Superman sees in you, Miss Lane. And don't tell me "XRayVision". I have, too. And I don't see anything.
* WolverinePublicity: On the cover for the second trade paperback of the series, the Joker is featured prominently standing among the Legion of Doom members. He is far from the main villain, is never considered to be a member of the Legion, and really only makes cameo appearances in the story itself.
* XanatosSpeedChess: At one point, Green Arrow observes that the heroes' plan is expecting things to go wrong, unlike Brainaic's.
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