Our story picks up in the headquarters of the immortal Vandal Savage, who is none-too-pleased about this new wave of superheroes that seems to be rising. This new team of heroes calling themselves the Justice League is of particular interest, so he has put a plan in motion to bring them down...
Meanwhile, our heroes are learning about one another, with one them trying to speak the lingo:
But the whole thing takes a turn when some reporters start throwing accusations around, only to be interrupted when Vandal Savage's group of bad guys breaks in!
The whole world gets to watch the JLA defeat the evildoers, leading to cheers in various living rooms all over the planet.
Also watching are two "regular citizens", Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, who think these new kids are all right, and that they'll be able to stay retired. Other heroes, like the Challengers of the Unknown and the Blackhawks, saw all this as well, and feel a sense of competition. Someone else not altogether thrilled with this turn of events is Batman, whose main concern seems to be keeping this "Justice League" out of Gotham...
As the JLA begins to leave, they are accosted by Jack Ryder, firebrand TV newsman who calls the heroes out for their involvement in all this destruction. His questions are interrupted by a well-shot arrow:
...of course, to be continued!
As I said when talking about issue #1 of this series, I am still kinda meh on the whole ret-conned JLA line-up, but Mark Waid makes it work, throwing all sorts of other changes into the mix (Hal and Dinah, for example), and giving Aquaman lots of nice moments, both in characterization and superhero action.
I always thought Clayface would make kind of a cool villain for Aquaman, and we get to see a little of that here. I guess Batman isn't too cool on any of his Rogues Gallery leaving the Gotham City Limits.