JLA / JSA: Virtue and Vice

Format: original graphic novel
Binding: tpb
Date: 2002
Writer(s): David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns
Artists(s): Carlos Pacheco, Jesus Marino
Storyline: For the first time since the JSA reformed, they met with the Justice League on their moon base. Each group was in awe of the other. Superman was surveying the earth with Sentinel when he saw a violence outbreak. It was Dr. Bedlam of Apokolips attacking a gathering featuring President Luthor. The heroes quickly dispatched the villain and headed back to the Society's headquarters.
There, the groups became a bit less than friendly with each other. Batman and Mr. Terrific had words and were broken up by Hawkman. Green Lantern and Sentinel exploded on each other causing catastrophic damage to the building. The in-fighting continued; Dr. Fate sent Superman, Star Spangled Kid, Sentinel, and Wonder Woman to his tower in Salem. The Atom, Hawkman, Wildcat, and the two Flashes attempted to teleport away, but Mr. Terrific scrambled their destination. Ted and Jay realized they were in Limbo, where members of the original JSA had been lost for decades.
Seven others: Batman, Plastic Man, Captain Marvel, Green Lantern, Mr. Terrific, Dr. Fate, and Power Girl headed back to Earth to cause havoc and report to President Luthor. Captain Marvel took the magic that had been given to his "family," Mary and Freddie. Dr. Mid-Nite tended to the Martian Manhunter as the reserves were called in. The Rock of Eternity appeared as Luthor declared Martial Law.
Sand, Firestorm, Zatanna, and Hourman went to the Rock and found the statues which held the seven deadly sins were now visages of their teammates. Johnny Sorrow was there to meet them. Black Canary, Green Arrow, and Dr. Mid-Nite headed to the White House, where Despero (in league with Sorrow) emerged from Luthor's body. Sentinel was able to open a doorway in the tower. It led them into Limbo with their comrades. They were able to cause their adversary, Surtur, to supernova. Sentinel led them through the ensuing black hole back home.
Hourman had a flash-forward and clued in the Flashes. The still-sane group went up against their sin-controlled friends and began freeing them of their demons. Johnny Sorrow was captured and Despero saw his real face, causing him to "die." Luthor was freed from his possession. In return for their help, he built the JSA a new HQ.


notes

  • This story takes place with the following conditions in place (for timeline placement): Rick Tyler is Hourman; Oliver Queen is alive; Kyle Rayner is the only Green Lantern; Star Spangled Kid has the Star Rod; Lex Luthor is President; Black Adam and Captain Marvel are members of the JSA; Hawkman is back; Johnny Thunder has merged with the Thunderbolt.
  • The JSA's skyscraper headquarters is built.