Justice League - Metamorphosis
Now it's pretty safe to say that corporate tycoon, Simon Stagg, is complete and utter b*stard. However, do you know why he is a complete and utter b*stard? Does it have anything to do with his brutish aide, Java, when he inadvertently causes a train crash, whilst transporting an elemental mutagen Stagg recently devised? Moreover, could it also have anything to do with Simon using this said same mutagen to transform Rex Mason -- his daughter's (Sapphire Stagg) boyfriend -- into some freakish science-experiment, because he witnessed this accident?
Yeah. I am afraid it does. Plus to add additional salt into Rex's collective wounds, he is then tricked into believing that his old pal -- Green Lantern (John Stewart) -- is the man responsible for these ghastly turn of events.
Don't fret though. Thankfully the Justice League is by John's side when Rex attacks him, and just about fends him off by the skin of their unified teeth. Also, Sapphire manages to slap Rex back to his senses too; just in the nick of time for a one on one with the big bad b*stard himself, Simon, whose been recording what's been happening for his own profit.
Still, that's most probably why what next transpires all kicks off when Rex freezes to the spot! As garbage in, garbage out - people have a need to scream and shout - monsters put the League in a fix - and at the end of the day it all ends up in a right elemental mix.
I've always liked Metamorpho you know. He's just one of those lumbering heroes whose always there come what may. The League. The Outsiders. His own solo exploits. Whatever. As a character in his own right, he's right up there as a great second-stringer who deserves a lot more respect than he's been given.
Now if memory serves me correctly, I was first introduced to 'The Elemental Man' during his eighties stint on 'Batman and the Outsider'. And even then, for some unknown reason, he clicked with me nigh on straight a way. Maybe this had something to do with his own perception of himself. Or maybe its how his adventurous origins stuck a chord with me. Nonetheless, from then on in I became a big fan of Rex; and always enjoyed a comic that much more with his inclusion.
THE RATING: A