This is my favourite episode of JLA ever. The above comment is great, and I have a little thing to add.
One of the reasons I love this episodes so much is that it shows Batman's humanity, something that people often neglect. It really furthers his character and makes him an even better character then he already is (which is quite hard). The whole episode is about How Terry discovers his DNA "lineage" from Batman, and how Cadmus, after deciding the world needed a Batman, set up his whole life so that he would be the next Batman. He didn't take kindly to this information (Cadmus had to have Terry's parents killed in order to make Terry to turn out like Batman). So Terry found Amanda Waller, the now old former head of Cadmus. She by now has many regrets and says, "I was wondering when you were going to show up," and invites him to tea. He sits down to it, and she begins to tell Terry about his "father," Batman, as Terry was also struggling with bitterness towards Bruce for his "inhumanity." Waller tells the story of when the Justice League had to face the Royal Flush Gang at a particular peak of power in their part, as Ace, the "leader," (a little girl who was given hallucinatory powers, and really only wanted to play) was dying, and her powers had evolved into the ability to manipulate reality, and her illness could eventually distort reality for ill and probably kill millions of people. Ace was in the middle of a "park" that she had created with strange colours and such. Waller and Cadmus had come up with a device that could kill her, and thus save million of lives. The only question was, who would do it? well, batman said he would do it, and nobody had a problem with that (of course). so he walked in with the device clipped to his belt, but as he got out of eye shot he dropped the device on the ground. He walked up to her, and just sat and talked to her and comforted her until she died. His comfort had caused her to realize the danger she was causing and she willed herself to die in a gentle way. The "magic park" melted away and the rest of the Justice League see Batman walking back with Ace in his arms, and if i remember correctly, he was crying.
A side of Batman not many people see, and Terry was profoundly humbled.
Oh, and another thing I really like about this episode (i know it seems really trivial) is that Waller openly states her belief in God in a great way. I love that they're just so open about it. Terry appears shocked for a moment, as the audience is, and she says, "Oh yes, I'm a Christian" or something like that.
Anyways, hope it helps.
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