Cult Comic Essentials

Cult Comic Essentials: Legends (#1-6)

Arriving in 1986 from DC Comics, Legends was plotted by John Ostrander, scripted by Len Wein, pencilled by John Byrne, and inked by Karl Kesel. It deals with a wager that Darkseid makes with the Phantom Stranger that he can turn humanity against its heroes.

Now Darkseid is not one to lose so he dispatches his minion Glorious Godfrey to Earth, where Godfrey uses the sound of his voice to control people’s minds and turn them against Earth’s heroes. To further his scheme, Darkseid sends a fire elemental called Brimstone to Earth to defeat the Detroit-based Justice League along with Firestorm and a time-traveling Cosmic Boy.

Along the way Darkseid also arranges for the cyborg villain Macro-Man to be killed by the mystic lightning that Captain Marvel uses to change into Billy Batson, and Captain Marvel is blamed by the media for Macro-Man’s death.

Later in the story Batman suffers his own loss when Robin (Jason Todd) is trampled by a crazed mob.

Fearing widespread panic, President Ronald Reagan (the U.S. Commander-in-Chief at the time of publication) declares martial law and bans all superheroic activities in America. This angers several members of Reagan’s department of defence, who – at the behest of Amanda Waller – activate “Project: Task Force X”, AKA the Suicide Squad…

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