Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #1
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The cataclysmic crossover event of the year is here as the DC Universe clashes with Legendary's Monsterverse in Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong.
Clark Kent is enjoying a night off with a very important dinner planned with his girlfriend, Lois Lane, when the entire city shudders under the weight of the monstrous Godzilla, who emerges from the bay!What started as a routine clash between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom takes a dangerous turn when the wall between worlds is breached... with Godzilla, Kong, and the Monsterverse emerging on DC’s Earth! What ensues will be a brawl of unprecedented scale and destruction from acclaimed writer Brian Buccellato (Injustice) and bestselling artist Christian Duce (Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point)!
On the top of the Daily Planet building in Metropolis, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are having dinner. When asked why he chose this place, Clark admits that it has a lot of significance to them, as they both work for the Daily Planet, they're both multi-award winning journalists, and it's where he met Lois. As the two reminisce about that meeting, Clark gets on one knee before their date is interrupted by the sudden appearance of Godzilla.
Twelve hours earlier, Green Lantern and the Flash watch Superman's endeavors from the Justice League Watchtower, noting how much work he has been doing. When Lantern remarks how it's like he's trying to save the whole world at once and asks why he doesn't do this all the time, Flash explains that it's not sustainable and not even Superman has enough time to do so; it's merely about doing what you can without burning yourself out. Lantern again asks why Superman is doing this, only for Supergirl to answer that he's getting married and taking Lois on their first vacation. Lantern and Flash joke that Supergirl is filling in for him before the superheroes note Superman tracking down Titano. As the giant gorilla has kryptonite laser eyes, Flash rushes to assist him. However, by the time he arrives, Superman had already defeated and restrained Titano. The two discuss Superman proposing to Lois as they take Titano to Stryker's Island, with the Man of Steel expressing how it's meant to be and how he thinks of them and their family together. Flash laments how he hasn't even revealed his secret identity to Iris West; Superman recommends he take his time. As Green Lantern catches up to them, he assures Superman that he's not going to talk him out of marriage, but he jokingly warns him that he'll lose everything in doing so. As they meet up with Wonder Woman and deliver Titano to her, Lantern congratulates Superman and heads out for lunch with Flash. Wonder Woman expresses her support for Superman and Lois.
Meanwhile, in the Hall of Doom, the Toyman, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Giganta, the Cheetah, and Black Manta lament Titano's defeat, with Grodd suggesting they go to war with the Justice League. As the Legion of Doom bickers, Lex Luthor proposes a "master plan" to take out the Justice League and declares that Titano was just a distraction. They soon arrive at the Fortress of Solitude, which Luthor says took three years and the smartest criminal mind to locate. After Black Manta disables the Kryptonian robot Kelex, Giganta is ordered to take the robot on the way out, as Luthor wants to know what makes it tick. When assured that no other security precautions are in place, the Legion pries the Fortress doors open. Luthor orders Toyman not to touch anything, as they're only looking for a Mother Box and Orion's Sled. When asked if they're going to eliminate the Justice League with the Mother Box, Luthor clarifies that they'll simply trap the Justice League in the Phantom Zone. Manta discovers that the cases are wired to an ultrasonic alarm that only Superman can hear just as Toyman grabs a large red gem, much to the Legion's dismay.
In his apartment, Clark is visited by Bruce Wayne, who gives him a wedding ring for Lois. Clark senses something else is on Bruce's mind, and Bruce asks if Clark has considered the risks of having Lois in such close proximity permanently. Clark assures Bruce that he'll protect her, even as Bruce adds that she can be used for leverage. Regardless, Bruce congratulates his friend. However, Clark hears the Fortress's alarm, only for Supergirl to tell them that the League has the situation covered and he's earned a night off. Supergirl, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Hawkgirl arrive at the Fortress and confront the Legion. As the two teams battle, Flash grabs Orion's Sled, only to be frozen by Captain Cold. Supergirl asks why Luthor needs the Mother Box; he replies that he doesn't want to ruin the surprise. Luthor asks where Superman is in return as Toyman throws one of his doll bombs at the League. However, the toy accidentally hits the Mother Box, causing it to activate prematurely. The Legion of Doom disappears while the Justice League hides under Green Lantern's shield.
Clark and Lois head for their vacation, only for the Kryptonian to take her to the top of the Daily Planet building. Meanwhile, the Legion has been teleported to a mysterious jungle and begin chastising Toyman. However, Luthor tells them that they need to put their energy towards finding a way out. Giganta points to a large structure a quarter-mile away, and Black Manta notes that the jungle is teeming with life. Suddenly, the Legion is attacked by a Skullcrawler, who is in turn attacked by Kong. They enter the facility as Captain Cold builds an ice wall between them and the battling monsters. Gorilla Grodd stays behind, astonished by the presence of an "ape god." Inside the facility, Luthor deduces that this is a command center and notes a map of a previously known landmass known as Skull Island, asking what Earth they have arrived in. Meanwhile, Grodd tries to telepathically communicate with Kong as the Titan kills the Skullcrawler. In the command center, Toyman declares the other Titans shown on video feeds — Godzilla, Camazotz, Behemoth, and Scylla — to be "wonderful toys," especially Godzilla. The Legion dismisses this, but Toyman snaps and explains that these monsters are the means to eliminate the Justice League. Luthor dismisses this as well, and Toyman grumbles his hatred for the group and wishes that he could show them by taking the monsters back to their world. However, as he says this, the gem in his hand glows as the Legion, Grodd, and Kong are overtaken by a red light. Back in Metropolis, Clark prepares to propose to Lois when their dinner is interrupted by Godzilla. The couple voice their love for each other as Superman leaves to confront Godzilla.
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- Both Titano and the monster that originally inspired him, King Kong, appear in this issue. The issue's Main Cover shows Kong climbing the Daily Planet building, much as Titano himself did in his second appearance in Superman #138 (July 1960), which itself parodies the original Kong's ascent of the Empire State Building.
- Though most of the variant covers were released on October 17, the "roar sound effect" variant covers by Christian Duce were not scheduled to be released until a month later on November 14. However, the covers were later delayed multiple times due to production issues; they were finally released on December 5.
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