Justice League of America: A New Beginning

Summary

December: The JLA settles into its Secret Sanctuary. Lobo joins the Conglomerate under the name of General Glory. JLA members: Black Canary, Elongated Man, the Flash II, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman II, Zatanna Zatara. Villains: Despero, Maxwell Lord. Guest appearances: the Conglomerate (Animal Man, the Beetle, Fire, Firestorm, Guy Gardner, Ice, General Glory (Lobo; joins the team), Sargon the Sorcerer), Ettienne (first appearance), Timothy Smythe (first appearance). [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Chapters 1-2”]

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  • December: The JLA enters the old Secret Sanctuary headquarters located outside Happy Harbor, Rhode Island, and begins securing and repairing it. At the Conglomerate headquarters, Green Arrow attempts to join that team as part of an infiltration operation, but Maxwell Lord denies him membership and exposes him as a spy. The Conglomerate gets its first mission, stopping a terrorist attack at the United Nations building in New York (which is later revealed to have been staged). Fire (Beatriz daCosta) is secretly the JLA's mole in the Conglomerate. [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Chapter 1: Infiltration”]
  • Lobo, having tracked Despero's course to Earth, arrives in New York before Despero's own arrival. He discards his tattered old bodysuit, replacing it with one he steals from a large biker. Planning to use super-beings as fodder to help take Despero down, Lobo learns of the Conglomerate and heads for Maxwell Lord's office to join it. Lord brings in an image consultant named Timothy Smythe to change Lobo's image. The whole Conglomerate team is refit in updated costumes, while Lord proposes to dress Lobo up as the golden age comic-book hero General Glory. The Conglomerate, with its newest member and team leader General Glory, make an appearance at a shopping mall. [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Chapter 2: General Glory”]

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January: The Conglomerate begins a publicity campaign, focusing on General Glory. JLA members: Elongated Man, the Flash II, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman II. Villains: Maxwell Lord. Guest appearances: Antoine (first appearance), Batman, the Conglomerate (behind the scenes), Etienne, Lobo (as General Glory). [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Chapter 3”]

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  • January: Over the next week, a large-scale publicity and marketing campaign for the Conglomerate floods the media (including a Saturday morning cartoon), with General Glory the most popular member. But Lobo is beginning to crack under the pressure of being General Glory. Meanwhile, the JLA is disappointed at how quickly the Conglomerate has replaced the JLA in the public's eye through the media campaign. The visiting Batman points out that this General Glory is a street fighter and likely a self-trained killer posing as a superhero. Meanwhile, Lobo realizes that he's completely sold out as General Glory and doesn't recognize himself any longer. [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Chapter 3: Selling Out”]

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January 31: Adam Strange finds the JLA beaten and finds out what happened to them. JLA members: Black Canary, Elongated Man, the Flash II, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Steel, Wonder Woman II. Villains: Despero (behind the scenes). Guest appearances: Adam Strange. [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Epilogue”]

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  • January 31: Adam Strange arrives to discover the JLA beaten and unconscious on the ground after Despero had come before him. J'onn J'onzz uses his telepathy to directly transmit images of what had happened to get them to this point. [“Justice League of America: A New Beginning, Epilogue: What Happens Next”]

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