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  • Author's Saving Throw: Dr. Light used to be a serious threat capable of taking on the Justice League, but somewhere along the line became a comical punching bag of the Teen Titans. This mini explains why that change took place and restores him to his original characterization.
  • Broken Base: The Deathstroke vs. Justice League fight. For all that is holy, never bring it up in any Versus Discussion, less you want the thread to be completely derailed.
    • The book itself is a major Base Breaker.
      • Notably, the book occupies many extremes simultaneously. Jean Loring claims not to have wanted Sue's death, but brought along a flamethrower anyway, perhaps as a baby shower present. On the other hand, Dr. Light's return to form, the upgrade to Calculator, and the rarity of a Crisis Crossover focused more on a personal level than on an apocalypse, were all critically lauded elements.
  • Memetic Mutation: The series inspired a fad on the Something Awful forums of user avatars showing their Wild Mass Guesses about the identity of Sue Dibny's murderer. The response to the series played a role in the formation of the "Batman's Shameful Secret" forum for comic book discussion on the site.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Crossed when they used Zatanna to alter Dr. Light's personality - which led to them using Zatanna to wipe Batman's memory.
    • Not to mention Dr. Light and the whole, y'know, raping Sue Dibny thing.
  • Tear Jerker: The deaths of Sue Dibny and Jack Drake, especially with the aftermath that follows.

 "Batman and Robin. Orphans."

    • Watching Ralph fall apart at Sue's funeral is heartbreaking, especially since you've been reading several pages of how much he loves her before the murder.
    • Batman's scene at his parents' grave

 Mom, Dad. Watch over Jack Drake... and Sue.

    • Atom shrinking down to nothingness out of grief.

 I never felt so small in my whole-- *

  • Villain Sue: Many felt Deathstroke was this during the series, in which he solos the Justice League, including displaying faster reflexes than Wally West.
  • The Woobie: Several, particularly Elongated Man and Robin.
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