‘JLA’ 10 preview: Stargirl, meet the world of ‘Forever Evil’

Dec. 07, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.

Stargirl may need more than optimism to get out of this one. Lucky for her, she has Martian Manhunter in her head to help.

The cosmic-staff-powered young heroine has freed herself from an otherworldly prison only to run right smack into Secret Society members Giganta, Blockbuster, Deathstroke, Copperhead and Shadowthief, as seen at the end of “Justice League of America” No. 9. As No. 10 opens, however, she’s not quite back to reality. But she does have a mental link with the green hero from the Red Planet after their experience in the psychological-weakness-exploiting supermax that still holds many Justice League and JLA members.

Her positive attitude and youth overcame the facility’s mind-warping capabilities, but an Earth in the clutches of the League’s alternative-reality counterparts the Crime Syndicate is no real escape.

Hero Complex readers get an exclusive preview of pages from the new issue, out Wednesday, by writer Matt Kindt (“Mind Mgmt,” “Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.”) and artists Tom Derenick (“Injustice: Gods Among Us”) and Eddy Barrows (“Teen Titans”), in the gallery above or in larger versions via the links below.

‘JLA’ 10 preview pages: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4

In this “Forever Evil” tie-in arc, readers are seeing more of Stargirl’s past than they’ve witnessed yet in DC Comics’ New 52 version of Courtney Whitmore, including how she came to be a superhero (seen in No. 9) and early exploits (in No. 10).

In the last two issues, she was frustrated that Manhunter left her behind as a psychic anchor while he explored the prison. Indeed, she’s often been kept out of action since being recruited to the government-run Justice League of America as the face of its PR campaign. But now she’s getting her much-wished-for opportunity to shine.

The world needs her. Earth in the “Forever Evil” story line is overrun by its villains, who are freed to wreak havoc after the Crime Syndicate has taken all the Justice Leagues out of the picture.

DC’s first universe-spanning event in the New 52 is anchored by the “Forever Evil” miniseries from writer and chief creative officer Geoff Johns (who created Stargirl) and artist David Finch. Its fourth issue arrives later this month. There are also three tie-in miniseries: “Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S.,” “Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion” and “Forever Evil: Arkham War.” And more of the story is told in other series, including “Justice League,” “Justice League Dark,” “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” and several more.

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon | @LATHeroComplex

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