Amazo

Introduction

Cryptic Crossword Clue: I am a zoo inhabitant. And also a super-powerful android (6)

Amazo is an android created by the villainous Professor Ivo. It possesses the ability to duplicate the powers of the Justice League, which is something that not even the latest iPhone is capable of doing. Ivo would also many years later destroy Justice League Detroit, another thing that Steve Jobs noticeably failed to do.

Amazo in the Comics

Brave and the Bold – Issue 30

Professor Ivo proves he's better than Steve Jobs
Professor Ivo proves he’s better than Steve Jobs

The Justice League discover that their powers are all disappearing. “No problem for Batman!” chortles Aquaman, like a dick. “Bite me, Fish-Head,” retorts Batman.

Bizarrely, Amazo’s crime spree with these stolen powers revolves primarily around animal theft. Luckily, quick thinking from Green Lantern (!) saves the day and Amazo is deactivated and kept in the JLA trophy room.

Availability: This story can be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 27

Amazo, like the murderous Roomba he is, will save the day in issue 27
Amazo, like the murderous Roomba he is, will save the day in issue 27

It’s a darn good thing the Justice League kept Amazo around as an immensely dangerous and irresponsible trophy, because when they aren’t able/can’t be bothered to defeat  ‘I’ in issue 27, they reactivate Amazo to get him to do it for them instead.

Then they pummel the snot out of him and deactivate him again. So, at this stage Amazo’s just a time-saving appliance, like a blender or robot vacuum cleaner.

Availability: This story can also be found in the Justice League Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

Justice League of America – Issue 112

Hey, JLA. Maybe stop reactivating the android that contains all your powers combined, huh?
Hey, JLA. Maybe stop reactivating the android that contains all your powers combined, huh?

Once again, carelessness on the part of the Justice League necessitates them reactivating Amazo. This time around, they’ve lost half their powers to Libra. So they do some hasty hacking of Amazo in an attempt to get the other half of their powers.

This works. Eventually.

Availability: This story can be found in the Justice League Bronze Age Omnibus, Volume 1 from Amazon.com

JLA – Issue 27

Another JLA 27, another Amazo appearance
Another JLA 27, another Amazo appearance

Amazo returns just when you least expect it, ie when Grant Morrison is taking a couple of issues off from his run and handing over the reins to Mark Millar. As usual, he’s virtually unstoppable (Amazo, not Millar – although the latter is also arguably true).

Luckily, there’s a loophole in Amazo’s programming that Superman exploits using his seldom-seen power of Super-Loophole-Exploitation

Availability: Not available in a collection.

Justice League of America – Issues 1 to 6

Red Tornado, the poor man's Amazo
Red Tornado, the poor man’s Amazo

For this reboot of the Justice League, writer Brad Meltzer envisions what would happen if you put Amazo’s programming in Red Tornado’s body. An arc that is inexplicably six issues long apparently.

The storyline also briefly features Starro, so that’s a bonus. Still doesn’t justify half a dozen issues, of course.

Availability: This story is collected in Trade Paperback, Hardcover and Kindle form from Amazon.com