A Resounding Triumph of the Human Spirit! Also, Hawkman Gets Asthma
Recent discussions of Batman punching out the Presidents--a prestige format special just crying out to be made--have reminded me of something that caught my eye while I was flipping through the new Justice League Showcase. The book closes out with a PSA-style epic called "The Case of the Disabled Justice League," wherein a villain called Brain Storm uses his remarkably phallic helmet, as you've probably already deduced from the title, to give the Justice League a bunch of disabilities.
Superman goes blind, the Flash's legs form into one stumplike appendage, Hawkman gets asthma, and Hal Jordan... Well, aside from a slight stutter, he's pretty much unaffected, which isn't half bad considering that Green Arrow's arms fall off.
In typical fashion, this happens right after the League swings by a hospital to visit some disabled kids, and after a page and a half of Superman wandering into trees or whatever, they're able to overcome adversity, inspire some unfortunate children, and we all presumably learn some sort of lesson. At least, that's the idea. Instead, we get this page, and I'm just left wondering why Franklin Roosevelt is so deleriously happy:
From left to right, we have: Our 32nd President, Helen Keller (whose favorite color was corduroy), Jean-Claude from Anita Blake, Senator John "Bluto" Blutarsky, and a man who is apparently being eaten by a Metroid.