World War III
is the title of two comic book
sagas published by DC Comics
and involving many of the superheroes of the DC Universe
. The first was published in 2000
in the JLA
ongoing series; the second was published in 2007
as a limited series of its own.
The original "World War III" saga was a narrative arc of the JLA
series written by Grant Morrison
and drawn by Howard Porter
#36-40), and currently in print as the JLA, Vol. 6: World War III
paperback. This was the final arc written by Grant Morrison and provided explanation for hints dropped over his tenure about the importance of the JLA as "forerunners" in defending the Earth from an impending menace. The latter is revealed to be the cosmic entity Mageddon
, an extremely ancient living weapon originally intended to be used for wars among primal cosmic gods. Mageddon had been influencing the thoughts of the population of Earth to promote a world-wide state of war, and ultimately aimed to destroy the planet. The JLA rallies the help of many heroes of the DC universe, most notably that of Aztek
(a Grant Morrison creation), who is blinded and sacrifices himself in the effort; it is revealed that Mageddon, under the name of "Tezcatlipoca
", was indeed the menace Aztek was originally created to oppose. Finally, the JLA is able to confer superpowers to the population of the Earth, who unite in the decisive effort to vanquish Mageddon and save the planet.
The title World......