Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Behold: Title Undetermined's 1000th post!

Can anyone out there believe I've actually kept this thing going as long as I have? If you do, your prognostication skills are better than mine. I never thought I'd manage to keep it going for a thousand posts. I wonder if I'll manage another thousand...

Anyway, shall we discuss Justice League of America? The book has been on rocky ground since, well, the current series started. Back and forth, up and down. Characters join only to leave in the next issue -- or sometimes the same issue.

That said, Robinson and Bagley finally seem to have hit their stride (well, Bagley had it all along but you know what I mean). The team seems to have solidified (or will soon) as James Robinson's "Big Seven." As you probably already know, the team is going to be Supergirl, Dick Grayson, Donna Troy, Jade, Jesse Quick, Mikaal Tomas as Starman, and Congorilla. It is not the "Big Seven" that I know. But it might work, as this team has interesting parallels to the traditional "Big Seven." Let's examine each member in turn and what role they are playing.

Supergirl as Superman: A pretty simple replacement (at least on the surface). With Mon-El gone and Superman apparently unavailable, it makes sense for Superman's cousin to take his place on the Superteam. She can fill his role as powerhouse pretty easily. But can she match is power of inspiration?

Dick Grayson as Batman: Unfortunately, Dick Grayson is the only Batman we've got. Since the Justice League needs a Batman he'll have to do. Having been trained by the real Batman, Dick Grayson nearly matches his mentor in strategic skills (if not the meticulous planning that was Bruce Wayne's trademark). Plus, he has better relations with the other members of the team than Batman usually did.

Donna Troy as Wonder Woman: Another obvious swap, Donna Troy may not be Wonder Woman but she is an Amazon. So there's that. She can't match Diana for gravitas or, well, anything else. But I suppose she'll do as long as Wonder Woman is unavailable. Why is Wonder Woman unavailable again?

Jade as Green Lantern: With no actual Green Lanterns available it makes sense for the daughter of the original Green Lantern to take that spot. Though Jade hasn't officially joined the team, I think she'll fit in well. The Justice League has always had a green energy wielder and I look forward to seeing what Robinson does with her.

Jesse Quick as the Flash: For me, Jesse Quick was the biggest surprise in this lineup. I thought she had settled in pretty well in the JSA as Liberty Belle. That said, the Justice League does need somebody who can run really fast. With Wally West and Barry Allen unavailable, I can't think of anyone better.

Starman as Martian Manhunter: The Justice League always needs an alien who has sworn to defend his adopted home of Earth from evil. Mikaal Tomas -- Starman -- fits perfectly into the Martian Manhunter role. He may lack J'onn J'onzz's incredible power set, but that may be for the best. With the most recent Starman having gone back to the future Mikaal Tomas can embrace the role as his own. This is the character I'm most excited about in the new League.

Congorilla as Aquaman: This, of course, is the most tenuous fit. In some ways I might be better off saying "Congorilla as the Wild Card." Though Aquaman is a traditional member of the League, all to often that final slot has been filled by a diverse collection of heroes with a diverse collection of powers -- everyone from Plastic Man to Steel. Congorilla may be quirky, but he still fits the JLA just fine.

So that's the new lineup and my thoughts on it. What are yours?

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At 1:22 AM, Blogger Jake said...

My problem with the Justice League is that there's been so much turnover in the lineup lately that I'm not really prepared to care about this line-up, since I think it's going to be gone before too long.

I really, REALLY want J'onn and Aquaman back in the League, but presumably the reason why they're not will be covered in Blackest Night.

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what this JLA needs is the right villain.

I hear Doctor Polaris may now be available again! :)

Thanks for a great blog and congratulations on 1,000 posts!

Keep up the great work.

At 7:47 AM, Blogger Doctor Polaris said...

Why, yes, I am available. What a delightful suggestion.

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Brandon said...

Aside from Supergirl (pukes) this is an interesting line-up. I'm very very excited about Jesse Quick/LB and hope she gets to wear her new costume. I'm not too familiar with Jade but I'm guessing her emerald light is guided by magic, not a power battery so that should be fun.

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Supergirl may inspire people in the way that Paris Hilton inspires people in any event.

Didn't Jade, Donna, and Dick all fill in for the heroes whose slots they are taking in the 'Big Seven' before this at one point or another?

At 6:55 PM, Blogger Diamondrock said...

Thanks for the kind words, Anonymous #1. And James Robinson says that this line-up will last for 2 years minimum... But we'll see if that holds.

One cover already shows Jesse Quick in her new costume. And you're right about Jade; she inherited her powers from her father who got them from the mystical Starheart. Incidentally (or not so incidentally) the Starheart is supposed to play a role in Brightest Day.

And you're right, Anonymous #2 (who might be the same as Anonymous #1). All those heroes have held replacement roles before. Though in this case two out of the three are maintaining their code names (or just name) rather than taking on the title of the hero they are replacing.

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Brandon said...

So what will happen to Reddie? Perpetual repairs? Ever since he has joined the JLA his whole point of existence is to be damaged and repaired. Has he ever actually done anything besides just sit around as scrap metal? I don't even remember what broke him this last time. Seems like Cyborg has been working on him at least a year or so.

Does anyone else get the feeling that DC is just burying itself?

At 4:03 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

Congratulations on your 1,000 post! A milestone indeed.

I'm not completely enamoured of the current Justice League lineup, but I suppose I'll be giving it a chance nevertheless.


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