- Master Bruce hasn't spoken a word since returning. I fear he found his way back here purely by instinct. After all he has endured, there is nothing left. Perhaps not even the will to live.
- — Alfred
Synopsis for "The Nail"
At Justice League America headquarters, the Leaguers decide that the deaths at Arkham are part of the emerging anti-metahuman movement and decide to discreetly try and find out who or what is behind it.
Flash (Barry Allen) checks out various criminal headquarters and discovers they have been destroyed. During his exploratory run, Flash happens upon Amazo fighting Ra's al Ghul. He defeats Amazo. Ra's tells Flash that he and the League are facing a master strategist who will pit others against them.
Lois tours the alien research facility and as she is leaving, one of the scientists gives her a business card for the Kent's Farm with the words The Truth written on it.
In the street, Metamorpho fights three armored soldiers. Martian Manhunter involves himself, fighting with Metamorpho. As Metamorpho dies, he tells Manhunter that he was forced to do what he did.
Manhunter leaps into the Lexcorp building to find a star shaped creature that blasts him from the shadows.
At the Kent's Farm, Lois is told that the alien research facility is actually used for experimentation on aliens, something not included in her tour.
Appearing in "The Nail"
- Justice League America
- Count Vertigo
- Major Disaster
- Ocean Master
- Ra's al Ghul
- The Thinker (Appears only as a corpse)
- Animal Man
- B'Wana Beast
- Beast Boy
- Black Orchid
- Commissioner Bullock
- Elongated Man
- Green Lantern Corps
- Java (Appears only as a corpse)
- Jonathan Kent
- Lex Luthor
- Martha Kent
- New Gods
- Pete Ross
- Shark (Appears only as a corpse)
- Silver Banshee
- Simon Stagg (Appears only as a corpse)
- Star Sapphire
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium established that the events in this story occurred in the hypertime reality Earth-898.
- This issue is reprinted in JLA: The Nail and Justice League of America: The Nail: The Complete Collection.