Yesterday, I took a little road trip to the nearest comic store to my current locale. Unfortunately, that's still about sixty miles, so we won't be repeating that trip anytime soon. In classic fashion, I chose a Saturday when the town was doing homecoming or something, so Main Street - where the shop is located - was cordoned off for the bands, or floats, or whatever. The Pitt Probabilities strike again. At one point I wound up in an adjoining town, then had to struggle to make it back to some place I had a frame of reference for. And yes, I had a map, and yes, I was trying to use it.
Eventually I was able to reach the store, which I had visited once many, many years before (I think it was in the last decade, actually), and do a little back-issue scrounging. Among the comics I picked up were a handle of the Giffen/Dematteis JLA issues, including the first 2 parts of the big fight with Despero. I have a few questions, though:
1) When Despero first reforms on the space probe, he's tiny and deformed. By the time he reaches Earth, he's massive. Where'd all the extra bulk come from? He mentions that he had been scattered, held together only by his will and hatred, waiting until an energy source helped him reform. So did he draw more strength from the space probe and use that to get large? Or was it that he once had partially coalesced, it was significantly easier to draw the remainder of his molecules back together?
2) What was up with Mr. Miracle? He kept repeating things the people around him were saying. I felt really bad for him in #37, when he showed up and kept trying to introduce himself, and everyone kept blowing him off (because Guy was fighting with what became Power Girl's cat, and it had startled Fire, and she set off the sprinklers). He tried to introduce himself to J'onn and just got ignored, and he looked so terribly sad, with the sprinklers raining all over him. It was actually somewhat of an odd tone shift compared to the rest of the scene going on around him. Did they do that a lot, swing from absurd to depressing and back in a couple of pages?
3) At the end of #37, there was an advertisement for some big event that was going to happen in the Justice League books, Breakdowns. But it wasn't even starting for another 16 issues. That seems like awfully excessive advance marketing. "Hey, be here in a year-and-a-half when we totally shake things up!" Well, OK, perhaps that isn't excessive by today's standards, but it wasn't something I expected in an older comic.
4) I also found the issue where Guy takes Ice to the Ice Capists (or vice versa), and Beetle probably pushes things too far. So which is more representative of the Giffen/DeMatteis issues, the big Despero battle, or Ted messing with Guy when he's promised to behave?