JUSTICE #7 - 'A Mirror, Darkly'
May, 1987
(22 Pages)

Cover Artist: Geof Isherwood
Writer: Steve Englehart
Penciler: Geof Isherwood
Inker: Vince Colletta
Letterer: Rick Parker
Colorist: Petra Scotese
Editor: Michael Higgins
Editor-in-Chief: Jim Shooter


Sara, the little girl (see JUSTICE #6), is buried. The only mourners: Justice, Arnie, and Sara’s Grandfather. Sara’s grandfather thanks Justice for what he has done.

Five days earlier, Justice interrogates a dealer he captured (see JUSTICE #6). After learning that the Villalobos family is still dealing, he ‘deters’ the captured dealer.

Meanwhile, in Farside, Justice’s home dimension, Becky is brainwashed into believing that the Justice-Warriors are on the evil side in the battle, and kills four of them with her police-issue .38 handgun.

Webstral rushes to tell the King of Spring that he has felt a surge in the bleak force that marks the Wizards of Winter. The King arrogantly believes that the Justice-Warriors will be enough protection, then continues drinking and falls asleep in his throne.

Webstral decides the King is hopeless and turns to Justice’s lover, the Queen Endolana, for help in trying to stop the denizens of Winter and bring back Justice (who was teleported to Earth in JUSTICE #1).

Back on Earth, Arnie gives Justice a ride to the warehouse the dealer spoke of. He fights his way into the main office of the warehouse to find the Villalobos brothers. He tells them Sara sent him. After one of the Villalobos brothers tells him that the ones who use know the risks, Justice ‘deters’ him, then interrogates the remaining brother to find who replaced their connection to Damon Conquest.

Twenty minutes later Justice climbs into the back of Arnie’s cab, says Oklahoma is O.K. (see JUSTICE #3) and tells Arnie to take him home.

Back in Farside, Becky talks with one of the many servants of Winter about how ‘Dad’ saved her when she teleported from Earth into their dimension (see JUSTICE #5). She wonders what she knew about this world from before, but can’t remember.

Justice and Arnie return home, only to be stopped by two agents of the Justice Department, requesting that Justice be questioned for Becky’s murder.

Summary written by Rod Myers, Jr.

This Issue's Review

My ThoughtsIn a few words: things get mildly interesting. Although not much better than the last issue, this story has its share of good moments. Again, bad art, only this time coupled with Steve Englehart's final story in these pages, which is just as lacking. Justice does show compassion toward the grandfather of the little girl, which is right in character. But then he just vaporizes a criminal in Arnie's apartment! Hel-LO! Was anybody watching? Could anyone have heard, maybe called the cops? It all fell on deaf ears. If I were Arnie, I would've thrown Justice out on his ass. As it happens he just tolerates it! The sooner they get rid of Arnie the carefree cabbie, the better. Justice goes out for revenge on the drug suppliers whose drugs killed Sara in the previous issue, and I'll be damned if he didn't judge in anger in this story (which Justice Warriors aren't supposed to do -- see  Justice #10 for details). All that, and the situation with Rebecca Chambers worsens. There's one good moment in this story, and that's the end -- when Justice is arrested for Rebecca's murder -- but even so, who's tipping off the feds, and how the heck do they even know she's dead (when she's not)? Boring.

Rating: 2 Bolts (out of 5)

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