From DC Comics and the pages of Image Comics comes this 1997 crossover event ‘JLA/WildC.A.T.S,’ also known as “Crime Machine.” It is written by legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison with illustrations from Val Semeiks.
The supervillain Epoch has developed a time machine that allows him to not only time travel but acquire new abilities from across temporal dimensions. As a result, the Justice League members Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern are thrown into the fight. They are sent to another time zone where they encounter the WildC.A.T.S members Mr. Majestic, Grifter, Zealot, Void, and Maul. At first, the two teams fight but unite when they see Epoch as a common foe that they must stop before he destroys all of time.
Iconic artist Jim Lee created WildC.A.T.S as part of his Wildstrom Universe which he sold to DC Comics, much to Image Comics’ chagrin. This time around, Morrison brings them together for a pretty epic adventure. I will be honest, I am not up on the WildC.A.T.S universe, so I do not know where this fits in their respective universe.
I will say, it was during a weird time in the DC Universe. Kyle Rainer was the last Green Lantern. Wally West had taken over as Flash. Superman had been turned into blue energy… for some reason.
The point is, despite all of the weirdness happening, the story is actually pretty good. I enjoyed reading it a great deal and learning about some heroes that I had only glimpsed. Between the unique artwork and the writing, it harkened back to a time when DC Comics cared about its iconic characters like Batman and even “out of universe” heroes enough to make one excellent story.
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