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Wonder Woman w/o Powers Pt. 29: Justice League of America #101

From nowhere it came, this monstrous claw of nebula-energy, this colossal fist holding the earth in a grip of terror – defying the most powerful heroes of two worlds! Can the combined might of the Justice League and Justice Society be enough to stopThe Hand That Shook the World?

We now realize Diana's role in the tale: storyteller, sharing what happened in Justice League of America #100 with Earth 2's Green Lantern, Mr. Terrific, and Robin… and us.

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Instead of recounting it, you can click right here, then look at this nice panel:

Meanwhile, Superman, Sandman, and Metamorpho find themselves an audience to an old Chinese monk. The monk informs them that Genghis Khan's armies are let by an armored god on a winged horse! Yes, they've located the Shining Knight.

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Growing impatient, Green Lantern, Mister Terrific, and Robin head to the Himalayas to find out who put the grave of the unknown soldier there.

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Hawkman, Earth-2 Wonder Woman, and Dr. Mid-Nite materialize in "the heart of a fertile forest." Here they learn that the sheriff of Nottinshamshire is hanging brave Robin Hood the next day. The heroes agree to help storm the castle to rescue him, but are surprised to learn it's not Robin; it's (Seven Soldiers) Green Arrow.

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Batman, Starman, and Hourman arrive in ancient Egypt where they find Stripesy in chains.

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As all teams are in process of being returned by Oracle…

Thoughts

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In chapter two of this three-part story, Diana transitions from storyteller to potential victim. It's a cliffhanger where she doesn't realize the terror approaching from behind. Those familiar with events from her own title shouldn't be worried, but those that don't know what a Wonder Woman without powers can do, might be.

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It's a terrific tale in the tradition of the great JLA-JSA crossovers, and a fun way to celebrate 100+ issues. Without all the exposition from last time, we see three more of the seven mini-adventures. It's interesting that the first two Soldiers of Victory that they locate have lost their memories, but not any of the others.

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You've got to love the cover with the floating heads on either side of the main picture. In regular issues of Justice League of America, we've been seeing them only on the left side, but in a team-up, you see them on both sides. It's a small thing to note, but I love the way that Diana is directly across from Earth-2 Wonder Woman.

Title: Justice League of America

Issue #: 101

Cover Date: Sept. 1972

On Sale Date: July 18, 1972

Writer: Len Wein

Penciller: Dick Dillin

Inker: Joe Giella

Editor: Julius Schwartz


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