THIRTY DAYS OF COMICS: 03 Your Favourite Team
OK, I’ll admit I surprised myself on this one. I spent all weekend thinking about this, trying to figure out whether it would be the Birds or Secret Six. I was torn!
And then I sat down to write it, and… yeah. My heart turned to the Justice League.
I haven’t read all of the JLA books there are out there; I don’t even think I’ve read most, and I’m not reading the current title. But even though some lineups are more dear to me than others, this is dedicated to all lineups, with a leaning towards the (quote-unquote) “classic” line-up that’s been messed with and retconned but repesents to me the 1970s comics and the Justice League: Year One mini.
I love me some Year Ones. This might become obvious. Possibly I like stories about self-discovery and growth almost as much as I love stories about friendship and pseudofamily.
The Justice League has that in spades. There’s friction and disagreements, and misunderstanding and confusion, but at the heart of the Justice League is a bunch of friends with the same goals in mind, who work as a team, hang out like friends, and care about each other as much as they do anyone in their individual books. Having said that, I agree with the traditional line that the Justice League book is best when it showcases characters without their own book.
For the record, my canon for the origination of the Justice League is JLA:Y1 and not because it privileges Dinah into being a founding member, but because that book is so freaking good, chronicling five young superheroes as they get to know each other and themselves, and work out what exactly they’re doing together. that’s not to say I don’t love other Justice League members, and I’m one of those people who would have loved McDuffie’s lineup had he had more authorial control over the stories he told.
Sometimes I just want a bunch of good guys to fight a bunch of bad guys. That’s all.
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