Justice League of America: The Nail
by Alan Davis
For want of a Nail, a horse was lost.
For want of a horse, a battle was lost...
The premise behind this Elseworld is that a "nail" such as the
one in the poem prevented the Kents from finding baby Kal-El, and in
a world without Superman - a Superman who was raised as Clark Kent -
the DCU turned out very differently.
On an unintentional meta-level, it is also somewhat: for the want
of the right people in charge, a comics company was lost, for this
story resurrects the heroes that were wiped out in Crisis on
Infinite Earths when DC flushed the 60 year history of the company
and remade everything based on the premises of Frank Miller: people
suck, heroes are damaged, you're all losers anyway so here are some
hero-substitutes you can relate to.
"The word here is Quality, not Quantity. This is a DCU story,
not a Batman or Gotham story, so Bruce and Selinaís role isnít that
large. I donít care. Here we have their relationship as it should
be. Itís perfect and itís powerful."
In the Red Rain
storyline just prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Doug Moench
completed a tour de force getting Batman and Catwoman together in
the way readers had been waiting for since Bruce and Selina dated
years earlier. Then editorial meddling clearly took the
relationship out of his hands (as when Selina actually says on
panel that she is behaving out of character) but The Nail very
much reveals how that relationship should have played out.
There is also a sequel
Another Nail, which continues to
treat Bruce and Selina's relationship properly. Ah, what might
have been if better minds had power at DC Comics...