Best Justice League Runs

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#1 Edited by Funrush (1486 posts) - - Show Bio

Discovering that my local comic shop has a good supply of back issues through the beginning of the modern age, I was going to buy an arc of a Justice League run or two. What are your favorite Justice League/JLA runs, and who were the writers and artists?

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#2 Posted by BigBDawg (291 posts) - - Show Bio

Well, here's one you need to check out; the legendary run of Grant Morrison and Howard Porter. Some noteworthy arcs include New World Order, World War III, as well as Justice for All in Graphic Novel form, man. :)

I'd also recommend Joe Kelly and Dough Mahnke's magnum opus, The Obsidian Age as well as Trial by Fire.

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#3 Posted by Funrush (1486 posts) - - Show Bio

Thanks! I'll check out WWIII and Obsidian Age, and maybe some others later!

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#4 Posted by BigBDawg (291 posts) - - Show Bio

Another recommendation; Brad Meltzer's two arcs on Volume 2 of Justice League of America: The Tornado's Path and The Lightning Saga, where he collaborated with Geoff Johns' Justice Society of America.

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#5 Posted by Funrush (1486 posts) - - Show Bio

Okay, I'll check those out, too.

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#6 Posted by BigBDawg (291 posts) - - Show Bio

Great. Also look into Justice. It's in 3 volumes or in an Absolute collection.

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#7 Edited by jnolan2525 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Rock of Ages, WWIII, etc get all the love. Not saying they aren't great. Personally I think Brad Metzler's run was amazing. Tornado's Path is absolutely phenomenal. Made me care about Reddy, Grundy, and just so perfectly written. Obviously the Lightning Saga is fantastic as well.

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#8 Posted by RustyRoy (16610 posts) - - Show Bio

Grant Morrison's run, its the best.

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#9 Posted by sinestro_GL (3651 posts) - - Show Bio

CAUTION.

Morrison's run is particularly well known for making Batman the Bat-God, so please keep this in consideration. I'm not sure what your feelings are about the Bat, but it's good to know what exactly you're diving into :)

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#10 Posted by RustyRoy (16610 posts) - - Show Bio

Don't worry each and every character is written perfectly, nobody gets to outshine the other, it just explains why Batman is on the team. Also one of the best characterization of Flash and GL.

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#11 Edited by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (9109 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly there aren't many great JLA runs besides Morrisons and Waids.

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#12 Posted by RustyRoy (16610 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly there aren't many great JLA runs besides Morrisons and Waids.

Yup, Waid's run is also one of the best.

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#13 Posted by Veshark (10499 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison and Porter's run for my money.

Get the Deluxe Editions. Aside from being nice hardcovers, they not only collect all of Morrison's JLA run (including classic arcs like New World Order, Rock of Ages, the Prometheus one, WW3) but also other JLA stuff that Morrison has done, including JLA: Earth 2 and his work on JLA Classified.

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#14 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (18095 posts) - - Show Bio

@bigbdawg said:

Another recommendation; Brad Meltzer's two arcs on Volume 2 of Justice League of America: The Tornado's Path and The Lightning Saga, where he collaborated with Geoff Johns' Justice Society of America.

Rock of Ages, WWIII, etc get all the love. Not saying they aren't great. Personally I think Brad Metzler's run was amazing. Tornado's Path is absolutely phenomenal. Made me care about Reddy, Grundy, and just so perfectly written. Obviously the Lightning Saga is fantastic as well.

glad to see my first JL story get some love.

@veshark said:

Morrison and Porter's run for my money.

Get the Deluxe Editions. Aside from being nice hardcovers, they not only collect all of Morrison's JLA run (including classic arcs like New World Order, Rock of Ages, the Prometheus one, WW3) but also other JLA stuff that Morrison has done, including JLA: Earth 2 and his work on JLA Classified.

i placed an order for the first two deluxe volumes.

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#15 Posted by Veshark (10499 posts) - - Show Bio

@bigbdawg said:

Another recommendation; Brad Meltzer's two arcs on Volume 2 of Justice League of America: The Tornado's Path and The Lightning Saga, where he collaborated with Geoff Johns' Justice Society of America.

@jnolan2525 said:

Rock of Ages, WWIII, etc get all the love. Not saying they aren't great. Personally I think Brad Metzler's run was amazing. Tornado's Path is absolutely phenomenal. Made me care about Reddy, Grundy, and just so perfectly written. Obviously the Lightning Saga is fantastic as well.

Personally, I thought that Meltzer's first arc on JLA was kinda meh. I didn't like how the Trinity bickered back-and-forth regarding who should join the League, only to make it all pointless at the end with some flimsy reasoning about 'happenstance'. The Red Tornado plotline also failed to connect with me on any level - the generic robot-wants-to-be-human shtick and his family etc.

It's an interesting approach to make the League more 'human', but it's far from perfect.

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#17 Edited by deactivated-5c1d15b8899b0 (11360 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison and Meltzer are the best.

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#18 Posted by Billy Batson (60898 posts) - - Show Bio

Honestly there aren't many great JLA runs besides Morrisons and Waids.

Giffen's and Demattei's JLI and JLE? Winick's Generation Lost? Satellite League?

BB

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#19 Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub (9109 posts) - - Show Bio

@billy_batson: I'm strictly going by JLA. Those books are technically different titles.

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@lone_wolf_and_cub said:

Honestly there aren't many great JLA runs besides Morrisons and Waids.

Giffen's and Demattei's JLI and JLE? Winick's Generation Lost? Satellite League?

BB

Technically, lone_wolf did say 'JLA runs', a sentiment that I agree with.

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#24 Posted by Saren (27933 posts) - - Show Bio

@citizenbane:

I heard it was mostly good <_<

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Some parts of it were good (Rocket Red was very entertaining) but I found it pretty bland for the most part. The repetitive Captain-Atom-overloads-and-goes-to-a-dark-future thing annoys me.

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#25 Posted by KnightRise (4811 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison's run is flawless

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#26 Posted by Arkhamc1tizen (2320 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison.

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#27 Edited by TDK_1997 (18759 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison's run is my answer.The run was great and every character got his time.

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#28 Posted by lightsout (1886 posts) - - Show Bio

2nd Morrison & Waid for JLA (aka Justice League v3). The whole volume was pretty good but the beginning was GREAT.

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#30 Edited by THEOCITYLEGEND (1582 posts) - - Show Bio

MORRISON!

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#31 Posted by ShadowSwordmaster (19973 posts) - - Show Bio

Morrison/Waid's and Porter's run .

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#32 Posted by spidermonkey2099 (641 posts) - - Show Bio

I love both Morrison's and Waid's runs. I also thought Meltzer's story Identity Crisis was very good.

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#33 Posted by Sleepbutnodream15 (605 posts) - - Show Bio

@sinestro_gl: I know this is an old post, but I'm about half-way through JLA and his Batman doesn't overshadow anyone elses on the team. It all feels pretty well spread out.

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#34 Posted by SOG7dc (11368 posts) - - Show Bio

@funrush: the only thing bad about Morrisons run was the art...the art is a huge deterrent for me

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#35 Posted by kilowog52 (858 posts) - - Show Bio

I started reading comics with Meltzer's run. I thought that whole era which was written by Meltzer through #12 and then by Dwayne McDuffie and Alan Burnett was quite good. At least a whole lot better than anything since then. But there really hasn't been much since. Len Wein did an arc, then there was James Robinson's run where he couldn't figure out what characters he wanted to use. Actually once he did the writing was sorta on par with the rest of that series, I just really didn't care much about any of the characters. My favorite out of the bunch was probably Congorilla. Anyway, then since the beginning of the New 52 there's just been Geoff Johns, whose run on the book just has not been on par with his runs on other books. His Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Justice Society of America were all much better. And I've heard great things about his original JSA run, Teen Titans, and Flash starring Wally. His short-lived run starring Barry really wasn't very good. I haven't heard much about his runs on Hawkman and Avengers though.

Anyway, from what I've read of Morrison's run, it is even better than the stuff I started with. I'm not sure however how much of that series, which ran from maybe 1997 to 2006 was written by Morrison, or who the other writers were after him, if there were any, and which issues each writer wrote. I also hear great things about the whole international era, but with all the name changes and stuff that is sort of confusing, and I still haven't had a chance to read any of it. I did read some Justice League Task Force, which was really funny, but not great. Then I stopped when it got to the crossovers with the other two Justice League titles because Comixology still doesn't have the JLE parts up.

And because like I said, I just started comics this century, I'm not sure at what point in the original volume of Justice League of America the stories stopped being dumbed down for kids. I'm pretty sure Detroit was not, but the very beginning was and I'm not sure when the change happened.

And on another note, I really enjoyed Generation Lost. If the new JLI had spun out of that like it was supposed to instead of the New 52 happening it would have been much better than the mess that was New 52 JLI.

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#36 Posted by 2cool4fun (2418 posts) - - Show Bio

Morisson.

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#37 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the Giffen, DeMatteis, Maguire run.

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#39 Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642 (4621 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Grant Morrison

2. Mark Waid

3. Joe Kelly

4. Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis

5. Brad Meltzer

6. Geoff Johns

7. Dennis O`Neil

8. Gardner Fox

9. Len Wein

10. Gerry Conway

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