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JLA: Year One

(JLA: Year One #1-12)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  2,542 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The definitive tale of the JLA's formation is back in a new printing of the massive book starring The Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman. Collecting the entire, original twelve-issue miniseries!
Paperback, 319 pages
Published April 2nd 1999 by DC Comics (first published December 1998)
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Sean Gibson
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Unquestionably some of Waid's and Kitson's best work. Watching these disparate individuals learn to work together as a team is both entertaining and inspiring.

This kind of stuff is right in Waid's wheelhouse, and he just kills it.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nope
Mark Waid is one of those writers whose hype I'll never understand. Kingdom Come was the only work I've ever really enjoyed, and much of that was due to Alex Ross' artwork.

JLA is a team I've never been in love with, even with Bats and Supes and Wonder Woman, whom aren't even here. This is one of those "pseudo" versions of the team, like Justice League International. Can't afford the real thing? Try this! So there's Green Lantern and Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Black Canary. I don't
Gianfranco Mancini

A more than good JLA origin retelling after Crisis on Infinite Earths simplificated and fixed 50+ years of DC Universe continuity, removing the multiverse concept, and a nice tribute to the Golden and Silver Age of comics.

A "passing the baton" tale with a so different League without the Trinity of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in the rooster, but Waid does a real good job fleshing characters (Black Canary's background is so similar here to the Silk Spectre one in Watchmen) and updating this
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, dc-comics
YESSSSSS! That was awesome! It's probably closer to 4.5 stars than 4.

I don't really want to get into the plot, but it was very strong. I liked that this focused on one cohesive story as opposed to many loosely-related stories. The artwork and dialogue were strong. But what really stuck out to me was character development. Batman and Superman were very minor characters in this, and I'm glad because we were able to get a lot of information on Flash, Green Lantern, Black Canary, Aquaman, and
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very good! Mark Waids stuff has mostly been average for me; and with Tower of Babel being underwhelming, I was not too excited to read this one, but I am glad I did, because this was an absolute pleasure to read! So here we basically have the 1998 Justice League origin story, which, well its a Year One story, so you know the basic premise! The Twist here however, which was quite surprising for me, is that it only focuses on 5 heroes primarily: Green Lantern(Hal Jordan), Black Canary, Martian ...more
Michelle Cristiani
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Well, here's reason 1-million why Mark Waid is so awesome. This was a bit of a slow start, but picked up to be a real page-turner, which is saying a lot given how thick this volume is. I'm especially impressed because most of the original JLA characters are not favorites of mine, and yet still I was riveted. Even Black Canary, who I never particularly cared for, was interesting in this story.

Time and time again my favorite superhero stories come with layers of villains, and here too you've got
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is one of the incarnations of how the Justice League was formed. Green Lantern, Flash, Black Canary, Aquaman, & Martian Manhunter team up to fight Locus? Nothing really flows smoothly story wise; it seems to jump. We start off with, to me, them stumbling into teamwork and trying to work as a team. Too many 'strong' personalities. The automatically wanting to share identities was a bit weird; especially with people you just met. The backstory for each individual seemed to hinder the ...more
Shane O'Hanlon
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not what I expected at all. JLA: Year One has a great, consistent plot and an origin that shows the human side of the heroes. They have to learn how to trust each other and this leads to some conflict and really adds to an overall plot that twists and turns through the 12 issues.
Martin Kilbane
Jul 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
JLA? More like JLB as it's roster comprises of secondary characters. Ok that's harsh on Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter, and maybe the Flash. But having a JLA book without the main trinity of DC heroes (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) then you need to take a good look at yourself.

Especially if you have Superman feature in the book and have him turn down membership, only to later help out and follow orders from the Flash.

I get the idea of starting something new to give the lesser
Nerdish Mum
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Not my favourite version of how the JLA formed but incredibly well written. I enjoyed the artwork and I enjoyed the overall story. I felt Black Canary was not shown in a particularly good light and she came across very whiny and childish. I loved Martian Manhunter as usual and his attempt at humour was hilarious.
Hannah Givens
Works in all the expected references, but updates the story and makes more sense out of it. The characters have depth and variety, the art is attractive, and the people are easy to distinguish. Suspenseful and satisfying.
May 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Always fun (and informative) to read origin stories - and this origin story of the JLA was no exception. I might've liked it more had I known more about the actual characters and the inside jokes, but that was no severe hardship. Quick and easy read.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I probably gave this a bonus star in my rating because although this wasn't really my sort of thing I kinda went into it knowing it probably wasn't going to be. It was pretty corny, and a very typical "we need to learn to be heroes as a team!" sort of thing. Again, I kind of knew it would be like that. But I have very little exposure to DC Comics besides obviously being a person on Earth and thus knowing a little bit about Superman and Batman. That being said, I appreciated the fact that ...more
Eric Monné
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
So, I really like Mark Waid. And I really hoped I would love this one. I liked it, but I was so disappointed. It has really good and fun moments. But it also has a lot of stupid things in it. The worst part was the characterization of Black Canary. She was reduced to being the only female character in the group. I know Waid can write good, compelling female characters, but this was not the case. She only seemed to be there because she would complicate the male characters hearts, but she could ...more
Kevin Findley
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rewrite (retcon) of the JLA's first year after the Crisis eliminated Wonder Woman from those early days. Mark Waid wrote a very solid tale here that took care of many of the problems generated by the Crisis. Black Canary took the place of WW in the origin of the JLA and she provided a link to the JSA in those early days.

Originally a 12 issue mini-series, any fan of the JLA, JSA, or DC in general should read this. It is one of Waid's early efforts, but just as important as the work he is doing
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's a cheesy, campy, crazy ride of pure silliness with a good dollop of Silver Age goodness. If you're looking for a lighthearted comic book adventure with some great surprises, then this is for you! But if you're more in the market for heavier reading and more depth, then rather try Grant Morrisons JLA series. Each book does offer great entertainment in its own right.

But for what it is JLA: Year One is good fun, and it gets better in Part Two!
Becky O'Rourke
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
eh, didn't wow me. Couldn't tell if it was cheesy on purpose as a throw back to the golden age, or if it was that bad on purpose.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at the early JLA, really great writing
Mar 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Very silver-agey, which I'm guessing was the intent. Mark Waid's done some of my favorite stories, but this didn't blow my skirt up. It was cliched - but again, probably the point.
Aaron Advani
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was part one and a good start
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DC Comics arguably messed up big time when they altered their continuity following their 1985-1986 event, "Crisis on Infinite Earths." One of the goals of that story was to clean up their universe to make it more user friendly for brand new readers and less...cluttered.

What DC instead found themselves doing is trying to clean up and/or explain how the beloved stories of their past could have occured with so many character histories altered. One of DC's biggest issues was how to explain the
Adam Graham
This isn't your father's Justice League, though it's a little hard to tell whose Justice League it is.

JLA: Year One provides an updated version of the first year of the Justice League of America written by Mark Waid. The story focuses on a core five members of the league: Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Black Canary and their trials and tribulations. The JLA form to fight an alien threat. In addition, they face questions about their mysterious
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, dc
Meh. The story's fine but nothing special. I liked the premise of a team-up of somewhat lesser-known heroes, I'm more likely to read about characters like that anyway, but this comic didn't do it for me.

What annoyed me the most is that almost every single male character was hitting on Black Canary or thinking/talking about how hot she is. It was completely unnecessary and it conflicted with how the character was written as she stands up for herself and calls out her teammates for treating her
Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny-books
4.5/5 rating. A VERY fun read, by the end has every character you could (or couldn't) think of in the entire DC universe. Waid has a good sense of humor, but it's a light touch mostly (some innuendo, watch out kiddies!) and every character gets more than a few moments. Probably my favorite among this JLA - which doesn't include Batman, Wonder Woman or Superman by the way so be warned/noticed - is Black Canary. She has more depth than I would've figured, a woman having to find her way in an ...more
Ian Williamson
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was quite a slow build, as I'm not as well read on Justice League canon, it is a little confusing at times as this story plugs gaps in the original continuity. I have to be honest at first I felt it was beginning to feel dated, especially as I'd recently finished a Daredevil story arc written by Waid. But as the story moved forward, it builds momentum and tension. It shows an interesting viewpoint of the tensions in the newly formed group and how everyone learns to trust each other. By the ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I really enjoyed this, it felt like good classic super-hero fun. This incarnation of the Justice League features Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and Black Canary. It's a testament to the strength with which their story and the characters are written that I didn't miss Batman or Superman at all (although Superman did put in a few appearances). The characters were at the most interesting I have read them before, I especially liked Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and Black Canary's ...more
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Superhero adventure by some of the standard-bearers of superhero writing and art. Unlike many ensemble stories, all of the characters in JLA: Year One have pretty well-drawn personalities and motivations (even the secondary characters, which is extra rare). They don't bother with a lot of backstory or origins, they just focus on the tasks at hand and the character interactions that come up organically because of those tasks. The overarching story of alien invasion felt big enough to need a whole ...more
Leif Olson
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've never been a big fan of much of the DC Universe outside of maybe Batman, Swamp Thing, and Green Arrow, but I thought I'd give this a shot when I picked it up cheap at the Phoenix Comicon last year. It starts off very slow and is somewhat tied in to some DC material before it. Not having read any of that previous stuff doesn't really hinder your understanding, though. Luckily, the story does start to pick up about halfway through and finishes with a bit of a flurry. I don't know if that ...more
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A look back at the origins of the JLA. I was not previously a fan of any of the characters (being more of a Marvel guy), but Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn manage to make the story both engrossing and accessible.

The authors manage the impressive task of updating an old story, giving it a more modern sensibility without making the story "grim and gritty" (what seems to be required for any modern take on a comic book characters or stories). The characters feel like more than a collection of cliched
Feb 16, 2010 rated it liked it
The team dynamics explored in this book are a wonderful thing. First of all that it is the JLA with only cameos from two of the Trinity--Wonder Woman doesn't appear at all--was unexpected and awesome. I like the difficulty that Black Canary has with the boys-less-awesome-than-J'onn trying to protect her in their fights. I love that Flash is both the-team-leader-no-one-tell-Green-Lantern and an incredible Superman fanboy. Best of all, though, is that J'onn is a creepy stalker. I don't know why my ...more
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Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. He is best known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.

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