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''Justice'' is a 12-issue limited series published by DCComics from 2005-2007, created by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, 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 [[SilverAge Silver]] and [[BronzeAge Bronze]] Ages and writes a new story using them. The plot concerns the villains reforming and [[CutLexLuthorACheck using their abilities to help mankind.]] Naturally, [[CivilianVillain 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 ([[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Comicbook/DoomPatrol, ComicBook/TeenTitans, 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 [[strike:almost like]] a higher-quality SuperFriends.

Not to be confused with TheNewUniverse comic of [[NamesTheSame the same name]]. Or [[Music/{{Justice}} the French electronic band]]. ''Or'' the DC game/comic series Injustice.
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!!''Justice'' provides examples of:
* BatmanGambit: So much of the Justice League's final plan to stop the villains is composed of this. 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 ComicBook/TeenTitans, etc.
* TheCavalry: Captain Marvel has a great rescue for Superman in one chapter and The 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]].
* CivilianVillain: The entire Legion of Doom pretends to reform in order to discredit the superheroes.
* 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.
* 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.
* TheDragon: Lex Luthor
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Black Manta's mooks flat-out refuse to obey his order to [[spoiler:kill Aquaman's son]].
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: When mind-controlled Supergirl is holding several heroes hostage, Green Arrow fires a glowing green arrow at her. She side-steps, then mocks him, saying he's out of kryptonite. Arrow retorts, "Who said it was kryptonite?" Cue John Stewart retrieving his ring from the arrow, then knocking her out.
* GardenOfEvil: Poison Ivy turns the Batcave into one when she attacks and brainwashes Batman.
* GenreThrowback: To ''Challenge of the SuperFriends.''
* {{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.
* 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]].
* 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.
* KryptoniteRing: Mind-controlled Batman attempts to use his on Superman.
* LegionOfDoom
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Features not only the Justice League, but the Teen Titans, Doom Patrol, Metal Men, and the Marvel family.
* 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 MartianManhunter think that he's on fire through psychic manipulation, all the while when J'onn is actually at the bottom of the ocean.
* MythologyGag: The chief one is SelfDemonstrating/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) build a giant robot resembling the Jack Nimball Toyman.
** 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 that resembles the Gardner Gayle Atomic Knight.
** Hawkman and Hawkwoman's 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.
* NoodleImplements: Oliver seems to hint that he and Black Canary get a little kinky sometimes.
* 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
* PoweredArmor: Various heroes ''wear'' the MetalMen as armor.
* {{Reconstruction}}
* ShipTease: Captain Marvel/Wonder Woman and Superman/Zatanna.
* SilverAge: One of the eras this story is based on.
* ShoutOut: To KingdomCome, which also features Sivana`s mind control bugs; these both are shout outs to StarTrek.
* 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.
* 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.
* ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman: While being tortured by Brainiac, 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.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.