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I’ve been working through Grant Morrison’s JLA. You know, the one from the 90s? It seems to have a mostly positive reputation, which I can understand there’s a lot to like, but I gotta tell ya. I’m a little lost. This was from before I started following comics closely, especially DC comics, and I’ve barely gone back to read any backstory.
Do you guys have idea what’s going on? I’ve collected three of my biggest, burning questions here so if you could just let me know what’s up in the comments below. Also, please rate Electric Blue Superman on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being Vibe and 10 being Plastic Man. Thanks.
I know the name’s been around since the 70s. Well, actually, no, I didn’t know off the top of my head I had to look it up. I had to look it up because I couldn’t believe this was what Morrison settled on for a name. It’s just so… I don’t know, small-sounding. It sounds first draft. Goofy. Silver age. Which makes sense, I suppose, because that’s where it came from.
The Injustice League. It’s right there. Still a bit goofy, sure, but it sounds more important. A gang controls a few city blocks, they’re amateurs. A league is an enterprise, something big, something with history. It also better encapsulates their purpose. They’re the anti-Justice League, I mean in this arc they literally create evil mirror images of the leaguers.
At the beginning of Morrison’s run, the League is monitoring the world’s doings in a tiny satellite. After its destroyed they move to a huge complex on the moon and call it Watchtower. Is this the first appearance of the Watchtower? I hadn’t thought about it, but I guess I assumed the Watchtower had always existed alongside the Justice League.
If this is the case, I mean, that’s kind of a big, enduring piece of JL canon that Morrison’s responsible for. How did I not know about this before hand? It’s like someone just off-handedly creating the Bat Cave or whatever studio apartment Plastic Man stays in during off hours.
I love how crazy and off the wall Morrison can get, so I have to ask. Are the villain in here common JLA villains or is this run known for its crazy adversaries? Let’s take a look at it. So far I’ve read them fighting literal angels, a universe-stealing nigh-omnipotent Key, mirror-image holograms of themselves, a robot woman designed to spontaneously sprout a soul, an Eldritch Starro, and genocidal million-year-old White Martians.
Looking ahead, it seems I have Darkseid, Doomsday, and few other heavy hitters to look forward to. Still, I kind of hope we see Morrison get weird with it. I want all that almost-nonsense science and trippy half-mystic explanations. I want the ambitious characters and the big, sappy dialogue.
JLA-experts, please help. Let me know what I’m missing. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.