League of Justice
by Ed Hannigan, Dick Giordano
(DC Comics, 1996)

I don't know, maybe Ed Hannigan played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons in his childhood. But League of Justice, one of the Elseworlds line of DC stories, definitely has its root in a host D&D and early 1980s pulp fantasy novels.

Four normal kids -- three upstanding young camp counselors and a ne'er-do-well thief and junkie -- are inexplicably summoned to another world where knights and sorcerers and monsters fight for supremacy. After being rescued in the forest by a Jack o' the Green variation on Green Arrow and his mystical Bird Lady, the four are forced to set out and seek various heroes -- the Batmancer, the Amazon Princess, the Hawk Lord and others -- to fight the evil Sovereign (Superman) and save the kingdom.

Hannigan, working with Dick Giordano, supplies the art, which is good, solid stuff. But the story is hokey. By the end, I had to wonder how many plot points were resolved by the roll of a 20-sided die.

by Tom Knapp
31 March 2007

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