"JLA: New World Order" was a four-issue story-arc and the inaugural event of the 1997 ongoing JLA title. The story was written by Grant Morrison with illustrations and cover art by Howard Porter and John Dell. Pat Garrahy and Heroic Age provided the coloring and Ken Lopez provided the lettering. The story was edited by Ruben Diaz. All four issues chronicling the event were collected in trade paperback form in 1997 and in a hardcover edition in 2008. The story-arc is significant for not only being the first major story of a new title, but also for regrouping the Justice League of America (known only as JLA now) with a familiar and popular team roster. It is the first time that heavy hitters such as Aquaman, Batman, Martian Manhunter, Superman and Wonder Woman have all been together on one team since the mid-1980's. The series also introduced the concept of the White Martians, an aggressive, more predatory race of Martians, dramatically different from the more peaceful Green Martians of past stories. In "New World Order", a group of White Martians band together as a team of faux heroes known as the Hyperclan. White Martians prove to be formidable adversaries and they make return appearances in future issues of JLA as well as Martian Manhunter (Volume 2)-3. "New World Order" also introduces the Justice League Watchtower and Z'onn Z'orr, future headquarters of the Martian Manhunter.
A team of galactic super-beings calling themselves the Hyperclan came to the planet Earth and made a showy spectacle of themselves at the National Mall. Introducing themselves to the world, they told the tale of how their home world had been decimated by ecological irresponsibility and now they pledge themselves towards preventing the same catastrophes from happening to other planets. They announced that they were there to heal the world.
The general populace of Earth immediately took a liking to the Hyperclan, but Earth's super-hero population were dubious of their intentions. The Hyperclan gained mass respect when they pooled their talents towards terra-forming the Sahara Desert, turning the arid, barren wasteland into a virtual paradise. Superman went on record, expressing his concerns over these demonstrations, citing that there was no way one could determine the long-term geological or social ramifications of such a massive change to the environment. Despite the legitimacy of the Man of Steel's concerns, most people thought that he was just "sour grapes", jealous of the Hyperclan's goals to improve life rather than simply slugging it out with super-villains.
The Hyperclan also used their abilities to serve as law enforcement, catching dangerous criminals and executing them. Public support for their actions increased exponentially.
Superman and his colleagues in the JLA soon discovered however, that there was more to the Hyperclan than what they seemed. They suspected a connection between the Hyperclan and an unidentified group of invaders who came from out of nowhere and destroyed the Justice League's previous satellite headquarters. This incident resulted in the disbanding of the previous League and the apparent death of team member Metamorpho.
The Hyperclan meanwhile, continued to maintain a foothold on the planet Earth. They erected massive watchtower citadels all across the globe and headquartered themselves at a fortress in Antarctica named Z'onn Z'orr.
The Justice League soon learned that the Hyperclan were not the benevolent beings they pretended to be and were using mind-control technology to turn public opinion against the League, thus embracing the Hyperclan as Earth's preeminent champions.
It wasn't long before the League and the Hyperclan came to blows. Superman fought against team leader Protex. Wonder Woman and Aquaman fought against the female Hyperclan members, Primaid and Tronix. The Flash and Green Lantern had their hands full with Zenturion and super-speedster ZüM, while the Martian Manhunter swapped blows with the armored Armek. Batman concentrated his efforts on the wraith-like A-Mortal, but lost the initial round when A-Mortal destroyed his Batplane. In total, the Hyperclan scored a decisive victory over the League.
Protex brought all of the captured members back to Z'onn Z'orr. The Martian Manhunter had been missing in action, and Batman was presumed dead. Protex placed the League members inside of an ancient torture device called the Flower of Wrath. Although his victory over the League seemed to be complete, his downfall was soon forthcoming.
Batman had survived the crash of the Batplane and had infiltrated Z'onn Z'orr. Creeping about the lower levels of the citadel, he discovered the truth about the Hyperclan's origins - they were Martians. As such, Batman knew that they were vulnerable to fire. Armed with this new and valuable knowledge, he began conducting surgical strikes against the team, taking them down one at a time.
The Martian Manhunter meanwhile, had disguised himself as Hyperclan member Armek and was waiting for the opportune moment to strike. When the imprisoned Superman learned for himself that his captors were Martians, he was able to break free of his bonds and fight back. The Martian Manhunter switched back into his normal form and deactivated the Flower of Wrath, freeing the rest of his teammates.
The JLA and the Hyperclan had their final battle in the frozen wasteland surrounding Z'onn Z'orr. They succeeded in defeating them, but quickly became aware of an even more pressing concern.
Prior to their battle, Protex had sent a signal to a Martian invasion fleet waiting to attack Earth from a hyperspace pocket called the Still Zone. The Martians began striking at major population centers and the people of Earth stood little chance against them. Back at Z'onn Z'orr, Superman broadcast a global message, telling the world about the Martians and their vulnerability to fire. As nearly everyone had access to some kind of flammable accelerant, it wasn't long before the people of Earth were able to repel the Martian forces.
With the crisis passed, the League was tasked with the responsibility of what to do about the Hyperclan. The Martian Manhunter psychically lobotomized the team-members, forcing them to assume mundane, humanoid forms. Forged with new identities and no knowledge of their Martian heritage, they were sent out into the world to join the human race.
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|Names||New World Order
|Finisher||Black Light Special|
|Accomplishments||Wrestling Society X|
The New World Order (abbreviated to nWo for short) are a professional wrestling stable consisting of Hollywood Hogan, Shawn Young, Randy Williams and 6-Pac. They currently wrestle on the Smackdown brand of Wrestling Society X (WSX).
|Wrestling Society X<span/> roster|
|Tag Teams and Stables||The Arabian Alliance • Blake Heat and Mitch Voltage • The Dark Side • D-Generation X • The Gangstas • The Hart Dynasty • Insane Clown Posse • Million Dollar Corporation • The Nasty Boys • nWo • Team 3D • The Rock 'n Rave Infection • Spirit Squad • Steel Force • Ultraviolent Connection|
|Male wrestlers||6-Pac • Abyss • Antonio Banks • Ben Storm • Blade Hart • Bubba Ray Dudley • Cody White • David Hart Smith • Dylan Rave • D-Von Dudley • Eamon Kelly • The Giant • Hollywood Hogan • Hurricane Helms • Jack Phoenix • Jamal • James White • Matthew Rock • MC Punk • MC Steel • New Jack • Nathan Jones • Pitbull • Psicosis • Randy Williams • Reject • Shawn Young • Twister|
|Female wrestlers||Molly • Ellie|
|Other talent||Amando Estrada • Dave Collins • Joan Brooks • Mark Feeney • Shorty Brooks • Nick Haddan • Pete Steel • Stevie Richards|
|Male wrestlers||2-Pac • Abu Dhabi • Ali G • Blake Heat • Chad Adams • Cheech • Cloudy • Darth Vader • Eugene • Grizzly Redwood • The Iron Sheik • John Morrison • The Joker • Lil Wayne • Mike Cage • Mitch Voltage • Monty Brown • Mr Perfect • Reece Richards • Scotty 2 Hotty • Shredder • Toby Mahoney • Troy Masters • Vampiro • Wicked|
|Female wrestlers||Abbey Rose|
|Other talent||Hornswoggle • Jack Sparrow • John Stab • Mullet • Tim Sydal • Traci Brooks|
|Male wrestlers||APA • Brian Knobbs • Chris Haft • Crossbones • Harlem Heat • Jack Evans • Jason Knox • Jerry Sags • Kofi Kingston • Mikey • Mr T • Nicky • Randy Robinson • Road Dogg • The Road Warrior • Santino Marella • Shaggy 2 Dope • Shingo • Suicide • Triple X • Violent J • X-Pac|
|Female wrestlers||Awesome Kong • Taylor Swift|
|Other talent||Joey Ramone • King Harry • Mr Fuji • Lilian Garcia • Shane McMahon • Tazmaniac|
|Transformers: Generation One: War and Peace > Issue #1|
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The Autotobots and Decepticons battle in Alaska, but soon find out the war is over—Shockwave has united Cybertron!
At the shores of Alaska, Optimus Prime tries to recall how he and the Autobots arrived in their current predicament—trying to recover an Autobot vessel when they were ambushed by the Decepticons. When Prime manages to get the advantage against Megatron, the vessel opens and from it emerges Scourge, who brings news that the war on Cybertron is over.
But before Scourge can explain, Shockwave arrives and blasts Scourge out of commission, but validating Scourge's claims of Cybertron's unification. He explains that while the Autobots and Decepticons were on Earth, he united Cybertron and had come to Earth to take the stranded Transformers home as prisoners—but Megatron reacts negatively and the skirmish re-starts.
Shockwave releases the Triple Changers to subdue the Earthbound Transformers. A pair of missiles of from Shockwave's henchman, Blitzwing takes out Megatron, but before Blitzwing can injure Optimus, Grimlock arrives and bends Blitzwing's cannon out of shape. Despite Grimlock's arrival, Shockwave's side of the conflict gets the upper-hand thanks to their technological superiority. Optimus orders Trailbreaker to use his force fields to cover the Autobots' retreat. With the Autobots gone and Megatron disabled, Starscream and the rest of the Decepticons surrender.
Away from the conflict, Optimus and Prowl agree that Prowl will remain in the area with Hound, Cliffjumper, Trailbreaker, and Mirage as a reconnaissance team, while Optimus and the other Autobots will return to the Ark for repairs and further deliberations on how to handle the recent developments.
The Decepticons are loaded into Shockwave's ship, which takes off to return to Cybertron, leaving behind Blitzwing to meet up with Security Team Dion, who will round up the Autobots. Rumble and Frenzy are dispatched to monitor Megatron's body in the loading bay while the rest of the Earth Decepticons are loaded into stasis to undergo re-education, despite Starscream's reservations.
In the Ark, Ironhide and Ratchet listen to the Autobots' debate about what their next move should be. Gears is willing to give peace a chance to return to Cybertron, while Bluestreak disagrees, refusing to forgive the Decepticons for their past crimes. Grimlock arrives and characteristically suggests that it's time for action.
In Alaska, Prowl's team is hunted by Ramjet and Dirge, as Prowl radios for help from the Ark, Mirage stops him and introduces the leader of security team Dion.
In space, Megatron tries to awaken aboard Shockwave's ship, but Starscream opens the bay doors, dropping Megatron out of the ship. Rumble and Frenzy hold on, as Starscream fires one last shot at Megatron, blasting off his helmet.
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