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Justice #6

Justice #6

Scheduled to arrive in stores: June 21, 2006

Cover date: August 2006

Writter: Jim Krueger and Alex Ross
Penciller: Doug Braithwaite
Painter: Alex Ross

"Justice: Chapter Six"

Reviewed by: Nick Newman

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Flying through space, Captain Marvel wishes Superman good luck as he hurls him into the sun.

In the hospital, the Atom tries to get up while his wife forces him back to rest. As Jean leaves a nurse comes in and tries to smother him with a pillow. Atom manages to shrink down, escaping, and the nurse yells out as she transforms into Giganta. Atom punches her in the eye and the giant tumbles through the window and down to the street.

In the void, Green Lantern only has seven hours left of power in his ring. The ring can transform him into energy and exist forever, but if anyone else gets the ring then Hal will be gone. Hal makes his decision and he vanishes into the ring.

Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Hawkgirl fly across the city. The Hawks head after Toyman while J'onn heads to Superman's Fortress.

Luthor, Brainiac, and Grodd discuss their plan. Grodd cannot locate Superman, but Captain Marvel is a problem. Luthor tells Grodd to send the dream to Black Adam to bolster their ranks.

Across the world, the new cities built by the villains float. They have promised everyone a place in the new world. Outside Gotham, a smiling man says that he has to be part of the new city.

Superman bursts from the sun and Captain Marvel grabs his hand.

Wonder Woman, hearing from the Atom, goes to find Batman in his cave. She finds the place covered in vines by Poison Ivy. A plant attacks her, but she bursts free and unties Batman.

The Hawks find Toyman's lair. After dispatching a number of toys, they realize the true reason for the warehouse. They're building Brainiacs.

Flying back to Earth, Marvel and Superman plan to stop at the Justice League satellite. As they approach, the satellite explodes. Superman begins to search for any remains of Red Tornado.

In the cave, Batman attacks Wonder Woman. She ropes him with her lasso and he sees the truth and breaks the mind control over him. Batman takes Ivy out quickly.

John Stewart tries to find Hal Jordan, checking in at Ferris Aircraft, but doesn't learn anything.

Inside of his ring, Hal walks through the artificial city constructed for him. He asks the ring how he can create real people, but the ring doesn't understand. Hal wonders how long before he lets himself die.

The Metal Men pace as Doctor Magnus works on repairing Red Tornado. Zatanna stands at his side, eagerly awaiting results. Suddenly, Tornado's head begins speaking. He's found Aquaman.

Out in the ocean, Flash still cannot stop running.

5Story - 5: We're now halfway though the series, and the heroes are starting to turn things around. Batman has been rescued, Atom survived, and Red Tornado is talking again.

Hal Jordan's interaction with his ring continues to be a high point for me. I really like the idea of him living inside the ring, in an artificially-created Coast City.

I also really like the trio of Luthor, Grodd, and Brainiac working behind the scenes.

Joker's entrances into the story, even if only as a cameo for now, is also great.

And they're making Brainiacs? This just keeps getting better.

We're halfway through the series now, and its looking like this might just end up being the definitive League story.

5Art - 5: This is obviously another five for Ross' beautiful painting. Giganta's transforming was incredible, and I really like his portrayal of Poison Ivy as well. The best page though is obviously Superman coming out of the sun. That panel is absolutely gorgeous.

4Cover Art - 4: I love this cover. It's hard to do a cool image of a guy whose power is to shrink, but Atom pushing on the pupil is a great image. This is also the perfect cover to be painted, as the eye and the reflection really need a good artist to get everything right. My only complaint is that Superman flying out of the sun would have been the perfect image for this cover, but that's just the Superman fan in me.

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