Daily Archives: October 21, 2010

Battle of the Knockoff Stars

Regular coverVariant coverJustice League of America #50
“JLA: Image, Part 1 – Worlds Collide”
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Rob Hunter & Norm Rapmund
Colors: HiFi
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover artists: Ethan Van Sciver/Bagley & Hunter/Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $4.99 US

That I’m not a regular reader of Justice League of America is something of an indicator of how DC has mismanaged this property. I’m a lifelong super-hero comics reader, and some of the comics that made me that way were the JLA comics of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Gerry Conway and Dick Dillon helped to draw into a world that contained parallel universes, colorful characters and cosmic threats. I’ve always had a soft spot for DC team comics, but I haven’t bothered to reader this title regularly in a couple of years. But I find I really want to like Justice League of America, so when I noted that a new story arc was getting underway here and read some reports online that writer James Robinson’s run was improving, I decided I take another peek at DC’s top-tier team book. What I found was thrilling in some respects and disappointing in others. Things have definitely improved, as Robinson seems to embrace a more traditional approach to plotting this title, but I’m still having trouble seeing past a lackluster cast of characters.

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