New Universe Analyses: Justice #18-22

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New Universe Analyses: Justice #18-22

Post by Creelman » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:13 am

Justice
JUSTICE 18
Published: April 1988
Written by Peter David; Drawn by Lee Weeks (penciler) & Tony DeZuniga (inks)
Appearances: John Tensen [Justice]; Glen Baker (introduction, dies); P.J. (introduction); Willie (introduction); Edna (introduction); N.S.C. Agent Terrance Updike (introduction); Angela Tensen (cameo flashback/dream)
Brief synopsis: Justice is on the outskirts of Pittsburgh when the Black Event occurs and is swept up in the massive winds caught by the explosion. Justice saves a nearby toddler and protects the two of them by using his shield as a bubble. The next day, after surveying the destruction of the Pitt, he places the toddler in the care of a middle-aged couple whose children had been killed in the explosion.
References: Pages 1 through 10:3 take place during the Black Event [December 22, 1987]. Pages 10:4 through 22 take place the next day [December 23, 1987].

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JUSTICE 19
Published: May 1988
Written by Peter David; Drawn by Lee Weeks (penciler) & Mike Gustovich (inker)
Appearances: John Tensen [Justice]; Angela Tensen; Mags (introduction); Terrance Updike; N.S.C. Agent Chauncy (introduction); Amy Windels (introduction); Bernie Switz (introduction, dies); Savior (introduction, villain, dies)
Brief synopsis: In search of the paranormal responsible for the Pitt, Justice travels to Philadelphia where he encounters criminal cult leader, Savior, and his followers, the Millenias. Justice physically beats the Savior causing his disillusioned followers mob over him and beat him to death. Tensen uses the money that Savior had obtained illegally to serve as a trust which would pay his daughter, Angela's, college tuition.
References: Pages 1 through 24 take place some time after the previous issue. Pages 25 through 26 take place the next day.

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JUSTICE 20
Published: June 1988
Written by Peter David; Drawn by Lee Weeks (penciler) & Mike Gustovich (inker)
Appearances: Justice [John Tensen]; Angela Tensen; Mags; Miriam Morse [Playback] (joins N.S.C.); Terrance Updike; James (introduction); Seraph (introduction, villain); Mick Jagger (cameo); Aretha Franklin (cameo); Bono (cameo); the Edge (cameo); Madonna (cameo)
Brief synopsis: Justice attends the Pitt-Aid concert where, in an effort to stop a paranormal named James from harassing Angie, he ends up in a fight with Seraph, who has made it his mission to protect paranormals. The battle causes a stampede of fleeing concert-goers that threatens to trample Angie. Justice uses his shield to protect her, leaving himself open to the police, who beat him into submission. Terrance Updike convinces Miriam Morse to work for the N.S.C.
References:

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JUSTICE 21
Published: July 1988
Written by Peter David; Drawn by Lee Weeks (penciler) & Mike Gustovich (inker)
Appearances: Justice [John Tensen]; Angela Tensen; N.S.C. [Terrance Updike; Victor Pasco [Kleenex] (introduction)]; Agent Hanley; Captain Chafin (introduction); Amy Windels; Endolana (in Justice's dreams, "dies"); Damon Conquest (in Justice's dreams, as corpse); Darquill (in Justice's dreams); Justice Brigade [Galt (introduction)] (introduction, villains); Jerry Rivers (introduction)
Brief synopsis: Aware of Tensen's powers, the police keep him heavily sedated and in chains. The drugs interact with the damage previously done by Darquill's manipulations, causing Tensen to believe he is back in the "Far Place”. Hallucinating that almost everyone he encounters is an agent of Darquill, he breaks free from the prison and goes on a rampage. Former members of the Millenias, inspired by Justice, form the Justice Brigade vigilante group and begin attacking criminals with flamethrowers.
References: Pages 1 through 27 take place just after the previous issue. Pages 2 through 3 and 14:6 through 16 take place in Justice's dreams.

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JUSTICE 22
Published: August 1988
Written by Peter David; Drawn by Lee Weeks (penciler) & Mike Gustovich (inker)
Appearances: Justice [John Tensen]; Angela Tensen; N.S.C. [Terrance Updike; Miriam Morse; Victor Pasko [Kleenex]]; Amy Windels; Captain Chafin; Mayor Huntly (introduction); Colonel Mac Browning; Justice Brigade (villains); Darquill (Mac Browning in Justice's hallucinations)
Brief synopsis: The police, the N.S.C. and military forces led by Col. Mac Browning attempt to bring down Justice, who is still driven by hallucinations of being in battle with Darquill's minions. Angela Tensen eventually comes forward and tries to reach him. Though she appears to be a monstrous creature to him, Tensen trusts his instincts, and her soothing voice brings him back to reality. Agents of the N.S.C., led by Terrance Updike, take Tensen into custody.
References: Pages 1 through 24 take place immediately after the previous issue.

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Chronology entries:
Baker, Glen
*{JUSTICE 18}

Browning, Colonel MacIntyre
{PITT}
*PF 19
DP7 21
*PF 20/2
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Chauncy, Agent
*{JUSTICE 19}
[…]

Hanley, Agent
{JUSTICE 15 (14:1-14:4)-FB}~ JUSTICE 17 (18:1-18:4)-FB
JUSTICE 16
*JUSTICE 21
[…]

James
*{JUSTICE 20}
[…]

Justice/Tensen, John
JUSTICE 17
UTNU:JUSTICE 1
*JUSTICE 18
*JUSTICE 19
*JUSTICE 20
*JUSTICE 21
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Mags
*{JUSTICE 19}
*JUSTICE 20
[…]

Morse, Miriam/Playback
{JUSTICE 16}
*JUSTICE 20
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Pasko, Victor/Kleenex
*{JUSTICE 21}
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Savior
*{JUSTICE 19}

Seraph
*{JUSTICE 20}
[…]

Tensen, Angela
JUSTICE 17 (16:2)-FB
*JUSTICE 18-FB
JUSTICE 17 (17:4-17:6)-FB
{JUSTICE 16}
*JUSTICE 19
*JUSTICE 20
*JUSTICE 21
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Updike, Terrance
*{JUSTICE 18}
*JUSTICE 19
*JUSTICE 20
*JUSTICE 21
*JUSTICE 22
[…]

Windels, Amy
*{JUSTICE 19}
*JUSTICE 21
*JUSTICE 22
[…]
-Dan

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