Synopsis for "Them!"
This story is reprinted from JLA #1.
A group of aliens calling themselves the Hyperclan come to Earth professing to be galactic saviors. Having witnessed their home world suffer great ecological destruction, they seek to prevent the same thing from happening on other worlds. The general populace of Earth immediately ingratiate themselves to the Hyperclan, but members of the super-hero community have concerns over the team's seeming generosity. To demonstrate their pledge to heal the Earth, the Hyperclan use their powers to turn the barren Sahara Desert into a veritable Eden.
The Hyperclan also lend their power to the cause of law enforcement. However, instead of incarcerating criminals, they execute them. This is also supported by the general public.
Before long though, the Hyperclan begin to take offensive action against those who might threaten their goals; specifically the Justice League. The Hyperclan ambush the League aboard their satellite, completely tearing through the sides of the structure. The escape shuttle pods are useless, so Metamorpho encases the entire team and jettisons himself from the satellite before it explodes entirely. The League members survive the planet fall to Earth, but they all suffer severe injuries. Metamorpho is rendered inert, possibly dead.
Earth's most potent super-heroes meet up at the old League Secret Sanctuary in Rhode Island where they see a news report from WGBS praising Protex. Realizing that the Hyperclan are a threat, they discuss new strategies. Batman arrives and tells them to prepare for war.
Appearing in "Them!"
- Hyperclan (First appearance)
- Aquaman (Cover only)
- Bill Clinton
- Cassandra Sandsmark (Cameo)
- Doctor Doom (Cameo)
- Helena Sandsmark (Cameo)
- Judgment (Dies)
- Linda Park (Cameo)
- Wolverine (Cameo)
- Doctor Polaris (Mentioned only)
- Fire (Mentioned only)
- Firehawk (Mentioned only)
- Green Lantern Hal Jordan (Mentioned only)
- The Joker (Mentioned only)
- Kanjar Ro (Mentioned only)
- Teen Titans (Mentioned only)
- Justice League Refuge
- Z'onn Z'orr (First appearance)
- United States of America
- Justice League Refuge (Final appearance)