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"The Case of the Disabled Justice League!": In order to boost the spirits of a number of disabled children, the Batman, Superman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash and Green Arrow decide to put on a mock battle for the boys, using Green Lantern's power ring to change Batman into a giant monster to f



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Synopsis for "The Case of the Disabled Justice League!"

In order to boost the spirits of a number of disabled children, the Batman, Superman, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Flash and Green Arrow decide to put on a mock battle for the boys, using Green Lantern's power ring to change Batman into a giant monster to fight.

While the boys watch on a TV screen created by the Green Lantern, they are suddenly shocked to see that each of the JLA members fighting has been struck by a disability: Superman is made blind, Flash's legs are fused together, Green Arrow suddenly has no arms, Green Lantern begins to stutter both literally and mentally, and Hawkman develops breathing problems. In spite of these handicaps, the JLA manage to defeat the monster which changes back to Batman after, who is rendered unconscious.

Realizing the cause is their foe Brain Storm, the JLA decide to not change back their disabilities with Green Lantern's power ring, and stop Storm with their various handicaps to show the children that they can overcome adversity. The JLA track down Brain Storm who has just busted his brother Fred out of jail, and are able to defeat him with relative ease. After the battle, Brain Storm restores all the JLA members back to normal.

However, as they are bringing Brain Storm and his brother into custody, Brain Storm uses his powers to make all the Superman and the others his slaves and duplicates of himself. When the other JLA members revive Batman they go after the army of Brain Storms. Switching between forms of the various Justice League members in Brain Storm's thrall, Batman singles out each member by seeing which members flinch at their actual weaknesses or have the best handle over their power. Finally determining which foe is the real Brain Storm, Batman knocks him out, relinquishing his control over the JLA members.

After Brain Storm and his brother are turned over to the police, the JLA add an addition to their charter to respect those with handicaps and treat them as equals.



Notes

  • This issue is reprinted in Justice League of America Archives Volume 5.
  • This story was inspired by the story "A Place in the World", which was published in All-Star Comics #27. The story features the Justice Society of America having an adventure with handicapped individuals and ended in much the same way. At the end of this story the Flash makes reference to this adventure, even though that the adventure occurred on Earth-Two. However, since stories that occurred on Earth-Two somehow became comic book stories on Earth-One, and the JLA's regular adventures with the JSA, Flash's knowledge of this event is possible.

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