"Same Coin": The Elite track down a pair of female mystics preparing a sacrificial spell designed to bring about the resurrection of Norse gods. Meanwhile, half a world away, the JLA battles the manifestations of those gods. Flash, a member of both teams, manages to be in the thick of it on both
JLA Secret Files and Origins 2004 is an issue of the series JLA Secret Files and Origins (Volume 1) with a cover date of November, 2004. It was published on September 15, 2004.
Synopsis for "Same Coin"
The Elite track down a pair of female mystics preparing a sacrificial spell designed to bring about the resurrection of Norse gods. Meanwhile, half a world away, the JLA battles the manifestations of those gods. Flash, a member of both teams, manages to be in the thick of it on both sides of the battle.
The Elite manages to shut down the spell and the Gods fade away. The teams return to their respective headquarters, neither organization aware of the other's status or situation. That's the way it has to be; the Elite is a "don't ask don't tell" operation that the JLA turn an uneasy blind eye to.
Batman discovers through Oracle that the appearance of the Norse Gods was linked to the Spear of Destiny, a powerful magic spear used to pierce Christ's skin during his crucifixion. Adolf Hitler was tied to the spear by mystical means and used the spear to defeat the original Justice Society of America during World War II. Now someone has exhumed Hitler's secret hidden remains that are kept in an old KGB building somewhere in Russia. Batman believes someone is trying to use Hitler's remains, and his connection to the spear, as a means to track it down and harness its awesome power. Flash knows this to be true.
Earlier alongside the Elite, Flash interrogated the female mystics and discovered the spear was their ultimate goal. The one witch gives up the location of her master, Circe, and Flash is off again to pull double duty as another Norse god appears in Norway and the Elite go after Circe.
Vera Black, in the undercover disguise of one of the captured witches, presents Circe with the head of the tortured victim from the first incident. He is apparently the last living descendant of Hitler and his blood is all that will recall the Spear from its other dimensional prison. But Circe gets wise to the double cross and attacks Vera. Flash is there just in time to rescue her.
Around the world Felix Faust makes his presence known as the other end of the magical equation. He has with him the last earthly shard of the Spear; he intends to use it as a homing beacon to call the spear through to our world.
As the JLA and Elite engage in combat with evil minions; Flash crisscrosses the globe to save the day. As a portal opens on two sides of the world the Spear is revealed to both Circe and Felix. Flash snatches the spear shard away from Felix and replaces Circe's talisman's with a magical stone concoction from Manitou Raven. He tosses both into the portal from their respective ends. Once both items find themselves trapped in the other dimension along with the spear the portals close, leaving the spear imprisoned.
Flash, exhausted from his multiple round trips around the planet, collapses at the midway point between both teams for a long well deserved nap.
Appearing in "Same Coin"
- Justice League of America
- Justice League Elite
Synopsis for "The Fall of Modora"
Modora is a tiny eastern European nation very unique in this world of the Antimatter Universe: They're the only country to avoid invasion from the Crime Syndicate of Amerika thanks to an impenetrable Sonic Dome... Until today that is. The CSA go to work destroying the country's infrastructure and bureaucracy all the while killing any civilians that get in their way.
The only one left to stand between them and total world domination is Lady Sonar, once a member of the CSA's greatest foes: The Justice Underground. But long ago the CSA managed to dismantle their foes and scatter them and their body parts around the world. Now Lady Sonar has returned with mechanical limbs to replace the ones the CSA tore off.
Johnny Quick tries to take Lady Sonar out but even he isn't fast enough to escape her frequency ray that increases his bodily vibrations and leaves him disintegrated. She then launches an ear drum bursting attack that cripples the CSA. Only Owlman manages to shield his ears and attach an explosive to Lady Sonar. The detonation destroys what's left of her body but doesn't do the service of killing her. Modora has fallen, crushed beneath the heel of the CSA.
Lady Sonar is put into cryogenic storage in Ultraman's Flying Fortress as a trophy of sorts. Meanwhile the CSA ponder what's next. Ruling the world will be fun for a while, but what then? Release old enemies from jail just for the fight? Conquer other planets? Double cross one another?
Suddenly Johnny Quick materializes. He's in a frantic shock. Lady Sonar's ray sent him a year into the future where he saw the most horrible thing: Nothing at all. There is no future, it's all gone, and in one year the whole universe is gone missing.
Appearing in "The Fall of Modora"
- Lady Sonar (First appearance)
- Justice Underground (First appearance) (Flashback only)
- Insect Queen (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Profile Pages"
Individual run down of the JLE members.
Appearing in "Profile Pages"
- Red King (First appearance)
- "Same Coin" takes place on April 29-30th. April 30th happens to be the historical date of Adolf Hitler's suicide.
- "The Fall of Modora" takes place before JLA #107.
- Cover gallery for the JLA Secret Files and Origins series
- Images from JLA Secret Files and Origins 2004
- Justice League Recommended Reading
- Justice League of America (Volume 1)
- Justice League of America (Volume 2)
- Justice League of America (Volume 3)
- Justice League of America (Volume 4)
- Justice League of America (Volume 5)
- JLA (Volume 1)
- Justice League (Volume 1)
- Justice League (Volume 2)
- Justice League (Volume 3)
- Justice League (Volume 4)
- Justice League International (Volume 1)
- Justice League International (Volume 2)
- Justice League International (Volume 3)
- Justice League Europe (Volume 1)
- Justice League America (Volume 1)
- Justice League Task Force (Volume 1)
- Justice League Quarterly (Volume 1)
- Justice League Dark (Volume 1)
- Justice League Dark (Volume 2)
- Extreme Justice (Volume 1)
- Justice League Elite (Volume 1)
Links and References
Secret Files and Origins