| > The spear of destiny was originally supposed to only effect heroes who were vulnerable to magic or had magic based powers. This prevented characters like Superman and the Spectre from going into Germany during the war. In both origins of the JSA (pre and post Crisis), members like the Flash were shown in Germany and were not effected by the spear's power. The whole story with the Dragon King was nothing more than a badly written attempt to de-power Wildcat. It is unlikely that even if the spear was effecting "supers" at this point that Wildcat would be bothered by it. His nine lives were the bi-product of a curse placed on him by a demon that turned him into a cat. Zatara managed to reverse the curse but the nine lives stayed. The "powers" he derived from magic only kicked in when he died, they weren't part of his everyday actions. Even after Wildcat's lives were used up in the story, Flash still left the circle and reasoned he would not fall under the spear's power if he acted quickly enough. Again, just another weak story with a singular purpose in mind. |
I can forgive the story that as I found the 9-Lives aspect to be a bad retcon. Although, it's a bit of overkill as we already had the horrible Crimson Avenger storyline that killed him over and over, so that it was ambiguous whether he had an extra life left or not. Why not just leave it at that?