Well, we find out what is happening on Almerac. A mysterious messenger arrives to tell Maxima that someone has taken over Almerac. Well, what did she expect? Taking off like a hussy to find a baby daddy?
But first, the League is introduced to the new Headquarters, provided by the UN. A big, modern, glass building near the UN itself. Max says that, in exchange for providing security, the UN is leasing the JLA the building and "It's costing us a fortune." Make a note of that, for later.
Ice, of course, is concerned about what Superman will think. Ice is very reliant on men. She doesn't, in this incarnation, appear to think much for herself. First Guy, now Supes? Anyway, they are touring the building, when Beetle wonders who is paying for it. Now Max says that the UN is financing them. What? They gave you a beneficial lease rate, and then are paying the rent, too? This is SO confusing.
So after this, the Almerac ship crash lands, and Maxima goes off to find it. She gets the message to return to Almerac, and tells the League she is leaving. And about this time, Fire finds out she holds nine out of ten places on the worst dressed list! Yes! I told you, Bea!
Anyway, Superman shows up to arrest Maxima, but finds out she is gone. He demands that they go pull the crashed ship out of the river, and examine it. Once he finds out that Almerac is in trouble, he wants to go there. I think that Booster and Beetle have a point. If the JLA can't even overthrow a ruler in Qurac (or Bialya, for that matter), then why do it on another planet. But they go anyway. Guy takes them all off to Almerac.
Maxima attacks the royal castle, where she finds the evil tyrant that has taken over. Seasoned readers might recognize Starbreaker at this point, but I didn't.
Apparently, Superman expected as much. He wants to make a plan to attack, but Guy just wants to go in guns blazing. So Guy takes off, quitting the League (again). How will they get home? Supes says he doesn't expect that to be a problem (they'll all be dead). And then Starbreaker shows up, holding an unconscious Maxima in his arms. This could be a problem.
I do like the older Justice League better. But I will keep going through the Death of Superman, and we'll see how it is. There is still a bit of the old League here, but it really does focus more on the story and the villain, rather than on the League. And I liked it better without Superman. I know most people want the big names (Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman) in the JLA, but not me. I am a renegade!