The previous incarnation of Justice League was not selling at all and filled with characters that no one had heard of. The guys writing it were good but they working with really hopeless material. I had told DC that I wanted to do some more superheroes and I made a list of the ones I liked. They said, “Everything’s taken here, but by chance Justice League’s come up, is there anything you can do with the book, because it’s dead?” I told them I could do Justice League but that we had to have all the top characters in it. They said they thought it wouldn’t sell, and I said, “Let me do this, and I promise you it will sell.” Throughout writing the first eight issues of JLA I was constantly told it was going to be a disaster.
With the rest of the Justice League captured by the mysterious and powerful Hyperclan, Batman, presumed dead, sneaks into their headquarters and realizes that their captors are actually disguised Martians, whose powers include superstrength, invulnerability, flight, invisibility, shapeshifting, mind control, etc etc.
Batman should, by all rights, get his ass kicked. He doesn’t, though, because Martians’ one weakness is fire and HE’S THE GODDAMN BATMAN.
I’ve posted this before, but I’m posting it again because it is that damn good.