The second "Villains Month" issue for Justice League of America features the origin story for Killer Frost. Not much information is available for The New 52 version of Killer Frost, now known as Caitlin Snow, and this issue gives us her background from when she was a scientist, to the tragic event that turned her into the villainess "Killer Frost."
The story starts off with a lady who is buried in the snow, who suffers a horrible death by dying in the cold weather. The story shifts back three years ago, in the Arctic, and we see Dr. Caitlin Snow getting off of a helicopter and being greeted by Dr. Joseph Nolan. He takes her inside S.T.A.R. Labs Outpost #72, where she meets her new team of fellow scientists named Dr. Sarah Viera, Dr. Tobias Thomas, and Dr. Daniel Edwards. After they all meet and greet, Dr. Nolan takes Caitlin to see "STU," which stands for "Self-sustaining Thermodynamic Ultraconductor" engine. She is so fascinated by this machine.
The following panels show Caitlin doing her research, relaxing and playing in the snow, and working on the machine. She looks over Dr. Louise Lincoln's notebooks, and tries to perfect the machine. Her fellow scientists didn't want her to see those notebooks, so we see them in the background as Caitlin gets closer to perfecting the machine, and they're not happy about this. Once Caitlin gets the machine up and running, a shadowy figure sneaks up behind her. She awakens to see that she's trapped in the chamber, and the rest of the team is safe on the other side of the glass. The team doesn't want the machine to exist because they're underfunded, and they're being paid handsomely, at current.
This is where they reveal that Dr. Lincoln's death wasn't an accident, they're the ones who left her to freeze to death out in the snow. So they turn the machine on, and this is where Caitlin Snow's life ends, and Killer Frost is born. She takes out the four scientists, and heads to Pittsburgh. There we see her going up against Firestorm, and she narrates how important his very existence is to her. His energy blasts turn her human again, but only for a short period of time. She wants to do more research on his nuclear matrix, but with the Justice League dead, he's no longer around, and she doesn't want to die from the cold.
After many searches, not much is found for this version of Killer Frost, so this issue is where we can find out all about Caitlin Frost and her tragic conversion into Killer Frost. This is a very interesting character, and it's great that the staff at DC Comics gave Killer Frost her own one-shot for September 2013's "Villains Month." I give this issue a four out of five stars, the story is well written, the artwork is amazing, and the colors will give you the chills. Justice League of America #7.2 is written by Sterling Gates, artwork by Derlis Santacruz, colored by Brett Smith. Cover designed by Tony Daniel, Matt Banning, and Tomeu Morey. The standard 2D edition retails for $2.99 and the cover price for the 3D lenticular edition is $3.99, but due to the shortage of these versions, comic retailers and sellers on sites like eBay are up selling them. Check local comic shops and listings for pricing on these lenticular covers. Standard editions are also available on digital formats, on the days these issues are released.