Comic Book: The Nail

For want of a nail the shoe was lost
For want of a shoe the horse was lost
For want of a horse the knight was lost
For want of a knight the battle was lost
So it was a kingdom was lost
All for want of a nail

The Nail (or JLA: The Nail) is a three-issue comic book mini-series published by DC Comics. It is a self-contained story by Alan Davis which stands outside of the mainstream continuity of The DCU.

In this universe, Martha and Jonathan Kent's truck has a tire puncture caused by a nail. This prevents them from discovering the spaceship containing the baby Kal-El, and so, there's no Superman. There is, however, still a Justice League of America, consisting of Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash (Barry Allen), Hawkwoman, the Atom (Ray Palmer), Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). There's also a great degree of xenophobia for the "metahumans," fueled by anti-metahuman propaganda from Perry White and backed by Metropolis mayor Lex Luthor; slowly metahumans begin to disappear as other issues arise requiring the attention of the publicly disliked JLA.

The story was later followed up by a sequel in JLA: Another Nail which ties into the original story and wrapped up several loose ends.

The same general plotline was used for Flashpoint as well. See also Bullet Points for this series' Marvel Universe counterpart.

Dark Horse Comics also has an unrelated short series called The Nail, about a wrestler nicknamed The Nail protecting his family from demons.

This works contains examples of the following tropes:

Tropes associating with Another Nail

  • Badass Normal: Lois can handle Eclipso no problem. Jonathan Kent even gives him a good whack on the head with a shovel.
  • Big "NO!": Batman, after waking up from a nightmare where the Joker kills Robin and Batgirl. He wakes up the moment the Joker forced his eyes open.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Limbo Cell.
  • Empathic Weapon: Somewhat with a particular Green Lantern ring. Its wielder was killed while trying to save some of the slaves on Apokolips. The ring fled before the killer could take it. It chose Big Barda as the new wielder since she's the only native on Apokolips worthy of such a weapon. It let the Guardians know about this "in a tone and authority that surprised" them. It also merged with a Mother Box and bonded with Mister Miracle, with Highfather's approval.
  • Heroic Sacrifice
  • Mythology Gag: Superman was seen saving a plane when one of its engines was blown, like in Superman: The Movie.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: Lois is seen wearing a large shirt and walking barefoot while staying with Kal at the Kent Farm.