Justice League of America Issue 1 The World of No Return (1960) – Review
By Ricardo ‘Rease’ Butler
This issue is from the Justice League of America: Silver Age Vol. 1 series.
In the World of No Return we get the first appearance of one of my favorite underrated bad guys, Despero. He’s appeared on Justice League animated, Batman Brave & the Bold, and Young Justice. He is really one of my favorite bad guys so it’s exciting to see what he was like before I’ve seen him in the three shows listed above.
In this issue, which is the first issue he has ever appeared we get to see him take on The Flash in a sort of space version of chess. With Despero’s mind powers he is able to change the squares on the board cause Flash to lose. With each lost each mind controlled member of the Justice League of America is transported off world to another dimension by Despero.
Each member is paired off in twos to fight the challenge of each world. Superman and Wonder Woman are together fighting space dinosaurs and kryptonite rocks. Batman and Martian Manhunter are fighting a flame man and bombs strong enough to blow up suns. And Aquaman and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) is trying to keep a water world from boiling because of the hot sun and a yellow apparatus that renders Green Lantern’s power ring useless.
In the end, Snapper Car and another alien inventor by the name of Jasonar are fighting Despero with their brains and technology while Flash is traveling between worlds trying to find the other JLA members to bring them back to earth. They make it back just in time to see that Despero has been defeated and captured.
My Thoughts on this Story
This was a fun and exciting story! The only thing is that I am spoiled by what I know Despero to be today was not portrayed in the first telling of his story. I know him as this strong as Superman and Shazam bad guy with mental powers that rival Miss Martian and Martian Manhunter. But it is still cool to see that he did start off with the mental powers. Plus he talked more in his first arrival in the comics. Most of the TV appearances he’s just a raging monster who doesn’t appear to speak at all.
Favorite Panel of the Issue
My favorite panel is when Superman swoops in to save Wonder Woman from this quick sinking tar pit. He just flies in, grabs her, and then pulls her out spinning her into the air like an acrobatic act. I just thought that is was a cool image.
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Ricardo Butler aka Rease Val Zod (Black Superman from Earth 2)