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The Justice League of America comic book has never once been done right

posted Jul 14, 2008, 6:25 PM by Vu Sleeper

The Justice League of America comic book has never once been done right
July 14th, 2008 by Aaron Poehler

I was watching the ‘History of the Justice League of America’ bonus feature from The New Frontier DVD when it struck me that with few exceptions, the JLA comic has always been something of a letdown.  Even at its best, it’s rarely delivered on the promise it’s been dangling in front of the readers’ noses since even before there was a JLA book: “Just imagine all your favorite heroes in one book.”  Even when all the characters are technically there, they’re not usually at their best, or the heroes are there stripped of the context of their own books — which reduces them to little more than a symbol of drama occurring elsewhere.


5. Bold, accessible, detailed art is a must.  Obviously George Perez cannot draw every issue of JLA ever published as would be ideal, but no weak art on JLA is at all acceptable at any time.  It doesn’t have to have an A-list marquee artist — in fact the ideal JLA artist is a dependable, consistent, professional workhorse.  Dick Dillin was the JLA artist. (Ed Benes is not.)  The artist is not — can not — be bigger than the JLA, but the art must be at least B+ quality at all times and the book can not be late.  Fill-ins are fine, and almost a given on a book like JLA, but on this book on-time regular publication frankly trumps artistic posturing.