- There's a lot we have to learn -- about each other and about ourselves -- before we can present ourselves to the public in any major fashion.
- -- Batman
Appearing in "Born Again"
- Justice League (International) (First appearance)
- John Charles Collins (a terrorist) (Only appearance; dies)
- Gypsy (In a photograph only)
- Pat Sajak (Behind the scenes)
- Ronald Reagan (Cameo)
- Rudy Giuliani
- Steel (Hank Heywood III) (In a photograph only)
- Tom Brokaw (Cameo)
- Vibe (In a photograph only)
- Vixen (In a photograph only)
- Ms. Wootenhoffer (Maxwell Lord's secretary) (First appearance)
- Dr. Emory Hunt
- New Earth
- Washington, D.C.
- New York City
Synopsis for "Born Again"
Guy Gardner is the first member of the latest incarnation of the Justice League to arrive for work. As each of the new members file in to their headquarters, Guy snaps off offensive and smart remarks to each of them. A brawl breaks out between them until Batman enters the room and silences Gardner with just a few words. He calls their first official meeting and tells them of his desire to keep a low profile until they establish themselves as a more cohesive team, but fate (not the Doctor) has other plans.
A group of terrorists takes control of the United Nations general assembly and holds them hostage. One of the people in the assemblage is Kimiyo Hoshi, the new Doctor Light. She uses her recently acquired Justice League signal device to send an S.O.S.
Batman receives the call and mobilizes the team. They take Blue Beetle's bug to the UN and surreptitiously sneak into the building. Batman immediately realizes that something is wrong with these so-called terrorists. The League easily defeats them, but the terrorist leader has a bomb grafted onto his chest. Batman calls the leader's bluff, leaving him alone in a room, where he kills himself with a bullet to the head.
The terrorists are actually low-rent thugs (an amalgam of former Weathermen and Black Panthers, save the leader) hired by entrepreneur Maxwell Lord IV, knowing that they would be easily defeated by the Justice League. As Max watches the television footage of the affair, he gloats while holding the firing pin to the terrorist's suicide bomb.
- With issue #7, the series changes its title to Justice League International.
- With this issue, Maxwell Lord becomes a regular supporting character throughout the remainder of the series.
- The cover to this issue is re-imagined in several other comic books including Justice League Europe #1, Justice League Quarterly #1 and Formerly Known as the Justice League #1.
- A version of Guy Gardner's internal monologue from page 1 is paraphrased in the opening scene in Justice League America #61.
- One of the journalists featured in this issue bears a slight resemblance to an actual reporter named Connie Chung. Her name (which is only partially provided) is revealed as "Lonnie Chu...", an obvious respelling of Connie Chung.
- Pat Sajak, host of the daytime game show The Wheel of Fortune makes a behind-the-scenes cameo appearance on a television screen.
- NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw makes a cameo appearance in this issue.
- Although it is never revealed, Maxwell Lord may have used his metahuman psionic capabilities to force John Charles Collins to take his own life. Max's ability to affect the minds of others will not be revealed until Justice League International #12.
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- Shazam: The New Beginning
Links and References
- Justice League article at Wikipedia
- Justice League series index at the Grand Comics Database
- The Captain's JLA Blog
- Cosmic Teams: Justice League
- Justice League series index at the Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe (character chronologies)