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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
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    After a few years away from reading comics, one of the books that rekindled my interest was Grant Morrison's JLA. I loved the larger-than-life epic craziness of it. I liked Mark Waid's run, too, but after that I didn't really follow the book. Recently I picked up Justice League of America #15-17 by McDuffie and found them to be pretty dull, standard superhero-y stuff. I do like the characters, however, when they're done right. So my question is: in the time between Waid and the present, was there anything of quality, in the same vein as the early issues? I'd be grateful for any guidance.
    • CommentAuthorDracko
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    Grant Morrison kicked off <em>JLA Classified</em> with a three-issue arc that served as commentary on the likes of <em>The Authority</em> but also as a prologue to his brilliant <em>Seven Soldiers</em> project. He's also the current writer on <em>All-Star Superman</em> which is the best Superman story in years and makes me care for a character I've otherwise dismissed.

    I'm not that up on <em>JLA</em> beyond Morrison's run, but I hope that those two titles grab you nonetheless.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008 edited
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    @Dracko

    I have all of the single-issues of Seven Soldiers (ebay auction), but have yet to start reading them. Does that three-issue arc of JLA Classified you mentioned actually tie in at all with Seven Soldiers, or is it more of an inspirational prologue? I might try to track down those three issues either way, since I fucking idolize Grant Morrison.

    Oh, and I highly recommend All-Star Superman, as well. I practically hate Superman as a character, yet find ASS (heh) to be one of the best things written this decade.
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    madmatt213, I'd strongly recommend that you pick up the JLA Classified arc. It's a prologue to Seven Soldiers and it directly ties in, introducing the villains and setting up a major plot point later on. Seven Soldiers works perfectly well without it, but it looks and reads so good on it's own that it would be a shame not to start with that. Some of my favourite McGuiness work. In fact, just that three issue arc is a really fantastic piece of work.

    Also I think it was just released as a small trade on its own (possibly), so it should be really easy to get hold of.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (785.5)
    Thanks! Yeah, I've actually read those Classifieds and they're pretty neat. Apart from the Seven Soldiers-prelude, I dig how the League is portayed in the second issue; more symbols and archetypes than characters. I've only read a little bit of All-Star Superman, but I agree that it's good stuff. Look forward to reading more.
    Returning to the JLA, though, is anyone familiar with, say, Joe Kelly's run? Or Chuck Austen's? Are they any good? I've been thinking of buying some TPB's, but I don't really trust reviewers on Amazon and such and don't feel like gambling away hard-earned money on your average superhero slug-fest.
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    Tom Peyer wrote an Hourman series which ties in to Morrison's Justice League and is damn entertaining in its own right.

    There was a sort of thematic sequel to DC 1,000,000, also written by Peyer, called JLA 2000 involving the JLA travelling back to the 1940's and clashing with the JSA. (It's a much more interesting story than that synopsis suggests.)

    I blanked on the name of that series and went looking for it on Wikipedia. I'm really surprised Tom Peyer doesn't have a wikipedia page. I may have to do something about that.
    • CommentAuthormbakunin
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
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    I loved Grant Morrison's JLA (especially the New Gods arc), but did he also write DC 1,000,000 (or just part of it)...?
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    Cool, I'm not familiar with Peyer at all. Will definitely check it out. As for DC 1 000 000, my impression is that Morrison pretty much plotted all of it but that a lot of the individual titles were written by others. I could be wrong about this, but that's how I remember it.
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      CommentAuthorslybyron
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
     (785.9)
    New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke, if you haven't read it yet. While it's not strictly a JLA book, it's a love letter to the Silver Age DC properties, so all the core members are there with a special emphasis on the Hal Jordan Green Lantern. It even works as a sort of prequel to the first Gardner Fox-penned JLA story (where they fight Starro), which you can read in the first Showcase JLA volume, which can be a fun read for the historical perspective.

    I'd avoid the Brad Meltzer JLA run, because it's uneventful & boring.

    And anyone who likes All-Star Superman should check out the Alan Moore run on Supreme.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
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    After I read your recommendation, I googled New Frontier and from what I saw, the art looks terrific. Thanks. Seems it's being adapted into an animated film. Might be worth keeping an eye out for.