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
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
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
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
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
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