Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Comics Review: JLA: Year One

Title: JLA: Year One (DC Comics, DC Comics Database, Amazon)
Authors: Mark Waid (Official, Official Blog, Twitter, Wikipedia), Brian Augustyn (Wikipedia), Barry Kitson (Official, Wikipedia)

JLA: Year One is the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths origin of the Justice League of America. The story outlines the events that brought together the five founding members of the JLA—Aquaman, Black Canary, Green Lantern, The Flash, and The Martin Manhunter—and the struggles they went through in becoming a team. In the current post-Infinite Crisis DC Universe, JLA: Year One is still considered the origin of the team, but Wonder Woman has been re-inserted into the story (prior to COIE, WW was a founding member). How this was specifically done and what it means for Black Canary I do not know.

Anyone who’s ever read comic books has most likely heard of the Justice League. They are DC’s premier superhero group. I think it is safe to say that most people assume that the group was started by the likes of Superman and Batman, but that just isn’t the case…at least not any more. And honestly I think that is a good thing. One of the strengths of this story is that it focuses on characters other than the big three (i.e. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman). The other great thing about this JLA: Year One is that it shows the conflict between the characters as the come to terms with themselves and each other. Things were not always hunky dory in the JLA and that is what makes this story worth reading.

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