Summary: Legion of Doom members Metallo and Silver Banshee travel to Skartaris—a hidden realm of swords and sorcery contained within a tesseract near the North Pole—and provide energy weapons to the evil wizard Deimos in exchange for a relic sacred to the Skartarian people: an enormous rock of kryptonite. Seeking aid, mystic Jennifer Morgan draws members of the Justice League to their world, where they team up with the remaining human forces to combat Deimos and his monstrous army.
JL Mission Roll Call: Green Lantern, Supergirl, S.T.R.I.P.E., Stargirl
LOD Mission Roll Call: Metallo, Silver Banshee
Featured Character: Stargirl, Supergirl
Supporting Villains: The Legion of Doom
Cartoon Network on “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”: “Supergirl, Stargirl, and Green Lantern go to Skartaris, the fantastic, hidden world at the Earth’s core, to help free it from the rule of a brutal dictator (courtesy of The World’s Finest).”
Dwayne McDuffie on “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”: “[It’s] the first animated appearance of Warlord, I’m pretty sure. It’s also the first script from JLU’s new story editor Matt Wayne, who hits a home run in his first at bat. This one’s just a big ball of fun with a hidden city in the middle (courtesy of [website name removed]).”
Dwayne McDuffie on “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”: “Earth isn’t hollow; Skartaris is in a pocket dimension, illustrated by both Green Lantern’s ring insisting they were still at the North Pole and by the glowy dimensional interface the ship passed through (Green Lantern buried it at the end; courtesy of Television Without Pity).”
Bruce Timm on “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”: "I've been a huge fan of Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs since the early 70's, and the original Warlord comics were a modestly successful blend of the two. 'Chaos' was an excuse for us to strap on our broadswords and play 'barbarians and wizards' for twenty minutes.
"The pocket dimension thing was a relatively recent retcon, an attempt to rationalize the squirrely physics of Skartaris’ location. As if pocket dimensions are easier to swallow than hollow Earths (or flying guys, for that matter). Whatever, I prefer [Mike] Grell’s original, straight-up Burroughsian world-at-the-Earth’s-core concept myself (hence the title). Call me a romantic.
“[I] have had no contact whatsoever with Grell, sadly, so while I hope [he] enjoyed our interpretation of [his] work, I have no idea. [Also], the Jimmy [Olsen] thing: as a few sharp-eyed fans noted, there is a reason the turtle has a thatch of orange hair, but it was more economical time-wise to have him revert to cute little turtle than naked, confused [photographer; harkening back to ‘Turtle Boy,’ one of Jimmy Olsen’s Silver Age transformations] (courtesy of Toon Zone).”
Dwayne McDuffie on death in “Chaos at the Earth’s Core”: “Monster killing seems to be [a] bit more acceptable, so the lizard guys were pretty much okay to kill (courtesy of DwayneMcDuffie.com).”
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Image courtesy of Toon Zone.
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