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Maxima explores the dark side of New York!
(note: plots, scripts, and other info to be updated in the future)

published by DC Comics

#17 (Winter 1994)
$3.50, Color, 80 pages / 70 story
Cover artists: HP & Jeff Albrecht (signed)

Story #3 title: "Guardian Angel" (12 pp.)
Writer: Andy Mangels
Pencils: Phil Jimenez
Inks: John Stokes
Letterer: Clem Robins
Colorist: Greg Wright
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Plot: Super-heroine Maxima attends a Broadway production of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Afterwards, she empathically feels the pain of a young street prostitute named Kirsty. The girl thinks Maxima is an angel who has come to deliver her from the Hell that is her life. Maxima vows to help Kirsty, and after visiting the National Runaway Switchboard, she comes calling on Kirsty's pimp. . . with shocking results.
Notes: This story is one of Mangels' favorite comic stories to date. The editors paired Mangels up with artist Phil Jimenez partially because of the subject matter, and partially because the story featured Lizzie Angelo, one of the runaway girls from Marv Wolfman and George Perez's famous "Runaways" storyline from New Teen Titans #26-27. Here, we find out the hopeful fate of Lizzie, who we last saw in dire straits. There is a phone listing for the National Runaway Switchboard at the end of the story.

Other Stories in this issue—

Story #1 Title:
"The Heart of Darkness" (38 pp.)
Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Pencils: Danny Rodriguez
Inks: Richard Space
Letterer: Bob Pinaha
Colorist: Robbie Busch
Assistant Editor: Ruben Diaz
Editor: Brian Augustyn
Characters: The Global Guardians

Story #2 Title
: "The Sleeper Awakens" (12 pp.)
Writer: Charlie Bracey
Pencils: Carlos Franco
Inks: Rich Rankin
Letterer: Clem Robins
Colorist: Scott Bauman
Characters: Captain Atom

(1 pp. each)
"Classic Justice League" by Lee Moder, Mark Farmer, Vincenzo
"Firestorm" by Batista, Mark Farmer, Vincenzo
"Crimson Fox" by Randy DuBurke, Johnson
"Fire" by Eduardo Barretto
"Batman" by Mayhew, Nowlan, Johnson
"Vixen" by Phil Jimenez, Garrahy
"Guy gardner" by Mike Wieringo, Percy, Chaifetz?
"Aquaman" by Batista, Joe Rubinstein, Garrahy

This was the final issue of Justice League Quarterly. Mangels was in talks with the editors to write at least two further stories for future issues. Check back for the plots to those stories.

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