The Great Disaster is upon us, and while Darkseid and his new New Gods keep the Justice League busy, Per Degaton, Johnny Sorrow, and the Injustice Society take advantage of the chaos to strike at their most hated foes. Under Degaton's plans and knowledge of the most opportune moment to strike, Sorrow uses the Cosmic Key and his own powers to free/resurrect the King of Tears, and the JSA is devastated under the attack.
Falling to the power of these deadly villains are:
However, as has always been the case, the JSA survives, and familiar faces take new roles as the Society is reborn anew!
-- already (unbeknownst to her) the potentially most powerful mage on earth, teenager Loretta York is chosen by the helm of Nabu to become the new Dr. Fate
-- the woman without a codename finally gets one, as she becomes the new Power Girl
-- the Master of Time joins the team as the new Man of the Hour, to cancel out any advantage Degaton gives the villains
-- in his omniscience, the Presence has decided to "power down" his new Spirit of Vengeance (to prevent occurrences such as what happened in Infinite Crisis), granting the role instead to the ghost of Ralph Dibny, to instead mete out vengeance in his own irrepressible way
-- to make up for the Spectre's depowering, however, the Presence has boosted Zauriel's angelic powers, and further allowed him to fight this last battle for the fate of the universe as the new Hawkman
-- who better, or more fitting, to become the new Mr. Terrific?
-- as vengeance for and in honor of the death of her long-time friend and sometimes "playmate", Selina Kyle takes over as the new Wildcat
-- no, he's not a doctor, but who needs blackout bombs when the new Mid-Nite makes his own darkness?
-- while Sandy was the first to die at Sorrow's hands, G-F is the last to accept the call, finally accepting that his earth-based powers qualify him alone to be the new Sandman