CREDITS: Written by Steve Vance; art by John Delaney and Ron Boyd.
REVIEW: Impulse's regular title is already pretty "animated", Delaney pushing the art only an inch from where Humberto Ramos already had it. Bart's thoughts shown in pictograms aren't a cartoony innovation for Adventures; Waid and Ramos were doing it in Impulse. While it's still fun here, it only goes so far, and between the exposition-heavy plot and the more intellectual Martian Manhunter guest-starring, the issue comes across as very, very wordy.
Is it Bart's fate to always have an older, more conservative hero looking over his shoulder and telling him to slow down? If it's not Max Mercury, it's J'Onn J'Onzz, and it makes sense he would empathize with the band inspired to take his name because they have to contend with an older manager. Alas, the cover image doesn't come to pass, and instead, it's a detective story with gangsters and over-ambitious agents... Some nice humor, but the mystery plot keeps it far too grounded.
IN THE MAINSTREAM COMICS: To be contradicted later, the Green Arrow in this issue isn't Oliver Queen, but his illegitimate son, Connor Hawke, who held the title in this era. DC has a character called Nightfall who is a member of the Cadre and doles out darkness, but Natalie Faltz seems to be a different, original character.
REREADABILITY: Medium - Doesn't necessarily play to its lead's strengths, but still an enjoyable pair of stories.