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JLA, Vol. 1 by Grant Morrison
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Mar 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novels

This trade collects issues 1-4 of JLA.

In recent years the Justice League has featured many of DC's premiere heroes, but when 1997 arrived it had been become home of the second stringers. Some of this was very well done, such as Giffen and DeMatteis' JLI, but readers were ready for a return of the concept of the Justice League being a collection of the biggest heroes tackling the biggest threats.

So Grant Morrison assembled the "big 7": Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Wally West), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. New World Order is a complete story told over four issues and features the team's first challenge in the form of a group of aliens that land on Earth and proclaim they are here to save the world. There are some nice surprises as they try to unearth the strangers' motives.

The mere existence of the line-up is obviously not as remarkable as it was 15 years ago, but Morrison still makes the formation of the team feel significant. The team members are fairly well developed for such a large cast over so few issues, and the banter between them captures their characters nicely.

New World Order is in some ways a stereotypical 90s action comic, and being on the short side moves very quickly, so look elsewhere for deep themes and layered meanings. However it is a fun read and has held up pretty well over time.

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