"Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow": This issue is a series of conversations throughout past and future history (see Notes for details). The events depicted are as follows:
- Did you just say friends?: Wonder Woman
- I meant teammates.: Batman
- We know what you meant, Bruce.: Superman
Appearing in "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow"
- Martian Manhunter
- Green Lantern
- Red Tornado
- Oliver Queen
- Donna Troy
- Terry Long
- Dick Grayson
- Lex Luthor
- Martha Kent
- Arthur Curry (Mentioned only)
- Harvey Dent (Mentioned only)
- Jason Todd (Mentioned only)
- Wally West (Mentioned only)
- Gotham City
- Justice League Satellite I (old)
- Coast City
- Challengers Mountain
- Paradise Island
- JLI New York Embassy
- Justice League Satellite II (new)
- The Hall
- Unnamed Port
Synopsis for "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow"
This issue is a series of conversations throughout past and future history (see Notes for details). The events depicted are as follows:
- #1: After the Appellexian Invasion (first depicted in Justice League of America (Volume 1) #9), Batman and Superman meet at the Batcave. Batman discusses with Superman his concerns about the formation of a team. Wonder Woman arrives and the three begin to brainstorm how to ensure the team's success.
- #2: After Red Tornado sacrifices himself on a mission (first depicted in Justice League of America (Volume 1) #102), the trio meet on the JLA Satellite. Batman vents on the others about the death of the hero.
- #3: Bruce, Diana and Clark attend the wedding of Hal Jordan. This event occurs in the future.
- #4: Bruce attends the wedding of Donna Troy and Terry Long (first depicted in New Titans #50). Diana, who was Maid of Honor, talks with Bruce while Superman patrols the area to ensure the wedding is not interrupted by villains.
- #5: Lex Luthor battles the trio angry over some event involving the heroes and Luthor's son. This event occurs in the future.
- #6: After Aquaman dissolves the then-current Justice League and reassembles a full-time team and relocating then to Detroit (first depicted in Justice League of America (Volume 1) Annual #2), the trio meet at Challenger Mountain and Batman expresses his misgivings about the new team consisting of four new members most without training.
- #7: Bruce and Diana go the Kent farm in Smallville after the death of Jonathan Kent. This event occurs in the future depicted in Superman: New Krypton Special #1.
- #8: Batman and Wonder Woman spar as Batman tells her and Superman about Jason Todd. NOTE: It is unclear when this conversation takes place but Jason Todd was first seen in Batman #357.
- #9: Batman and Superman come to Paradise Island to discuss Diana's pending wedding and, as a consequence, her forfeiture of immortality. This event occurs in the future.
- #10: At the JLI's Embassy in New York City, Batman tells the others how he knocked Guy Gardner out with One Punch (first depicted in Justice League #5).
- #11: Superman walks through the dark interior of the New Satellite. He is upset because both Batman and Wonder Woman are no-shows. This event occurs in the future.
- #12: After Superman is killed by Doomsday (first depicted in Superman (Volume 2) #75), Wonder Woman finds Batman at work on Superman's computer in the Fortress of Solitude. They begin to grieve over his loss.
- #13: In "The Hall", the trio discuss the recent discovery by the Flash that there is a second Earth in their universe vibrating at a different speed. This event occurs in the future.
- #14: In the Watchtower, Superman and Wonder Woman confront Batman about the secret files he had been keeping on his JLA teammates. These were stolen and used by villain Ra's Al-Ghul and nearly cost the heroes their lives (this arc entitled "Tower of Babel" began in (JLA #42).
- #15: In Crime Alley, Superman and Wonder Woman discuss the recent death of Batman. This event occurs in the future depicted in Superman/Batman (Volume 1) #76.
- #16: During the build-up to the Infinite Crisis storyline, the trio meet in the damaged Watchtower (possibly during the events depicted in The OMAC Project 2) and lash out at each other regarding their recent activities.
- #17: After the discussion in #1 (above), the three heroes agree to make their meeting an annual event.
- #18: Following the events of Infinite Crisis and just prior (or early in) the events of the following year, Bruce, Clark and Diana agree to meet again in a year as each sets off in their own directions.
- #19: Present day, the heroes again meet at the Batcave where Batman suggests they begin voting on members of a new Justice League. This scene leads directly into Justice League of America #1.
- This issue is not so much a story as a series of previously undocumented conversations among Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman showcasing their relationships throughout their shared history. The "storyline" jumps back and forth between events of the past and possible future events. All the events of the past are shown in chronological order (least recent to most recent). It is possible the future events are also meant to be chronological.
- Each "moment in time" is drawn similar in artistic style as the corresponding comic books from which the events would have occurred. The "all-star cast of artists" may also have been matched up with the time periods depicted (past events only, of course).
- Except for events #1 and #19, each conversation/time depiction is told in a single page (#17 and #18 are only a few panels each).
- There is a slight inconsistency. Superman states (in #17 - after the formation of the Justice League of America for the first time), "Every year then." However (in #2 - after Red Tornado's sacrifice) Batman's internal monologue indicates they decided to make it an annual event only after the events in this story.
- In #3, Oliver Queen is Hal Jordan's best man. Hal Jordan's bride is not named but she is not long-time love interest Carol Ferris.
- In #5, Lex Luthor is able to hold his own in a fight against the trio of heroes. He mentions a son in past tense suggesting he has died. This could be a predicted fight after Infinite Crisis that never came to pass about Lex Luthor blaming the trio for the death of Superboy a clone of himself and Superman whom he considers his son.
- In #6, Batman repeatedly predicts "Someone's going to get hurt," regarding the new League. In fact, two new members (Vibe and Steel) are killed. Batman also mentions he's thinking about joining the League to train them. This ultimately occurs in Justice League of America (Volume 1) #250.
- In #10, although the conversation occurred at the JLI's Embassy, the actual event occurred prior to the Justice League becoming Justice League International (but only by a few issues). Black Canary, not the biggest fan of Gardner's, was apparently so excited about the event, she photographed it and faxed it to other heroes including Wonder Woman.
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