Let’s get iconic! The Justice League(of America, International, etc.) has always been a comic book super-team stuffed to the gills with name-brand heroes. Are you a fan of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, and…Martian Manhunter? OK, maybe that last hero isn’t as household a name as the rest, but that’s always the fun of the team—its ever-changing roster and visibility allows for lesser-known heroes to ride the coattails to adventure and fan awareness. If you are a fan with holes in your JLA collection, or if you are new to the team now’s your chance to catch-up, because the following Justice League books are part of a $.99 digital sale that runs until Monday, March 3, 2014! Among the many great single issues, here are a few that immediately stand out:
For Grant Morrison fans: In the late 1990s, Grant Morrison teamed with artist Howard Porter to tackle DC’s biggest team in Justice League of America, and the results were reinvigorating. Morrison’s ideas were new and familiar—exactly what you want when reading the Justice League, and he seemed delighted to find stories that challenged all of these marquee names (and Superman’s mullet!).
But Morrison wasn’t finished with the team! He returned to Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others in JLA: Classified, a three-issue stint that included the Ultramarine Corps and Gorilla Grodd, with big, plush artwork by Ed McGuinness. Continuity note: events herein also connect to Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory.
For Silver Age fans: In the 1960s, the JLA truly became the cornerstone book for DC Comics, and it was writer Gardener Fox who gave them the spotlight. These are off-the-wall, kooky adventures involving sorcerers and other bizarre villains who could only be introduced in the Silver Age of comics. Plus, Mike Sekowsky’s artwork is all slim waists, barrel-chests, and classic (and classy) lines.
For Bwah Ha! Ha! fans: With all of these superstars and end-of-world scenarios, things can get a little heavy. Thank goodness for Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire’s Justice League (later Justice League International), which added the element of humor throughout the crises. This off-beat team gave rise to such heroes as Guy Gardener (always the #2 or #3 Green Lantern after Hal), Black Canary, Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold, and the Blue Beetle. Led by a perpetually cranky Batman, this iteration has a strong following of fans who are unafraid to laugh in the face of danger.
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