I wasn't sure if I was going to collect Steve Orlando's Justice League of America when it was announced. I am sort of a Big 7 sort of a League reader. And when not the Big 7, I like the idea of a legacy league, sort of what James Robinson did with the Dick Grayson Batman, Supergirl, Jessie Quick, Donna Troy model.
But the roster was a bit too interesting for me as a reader to ignore. There were too many characters I like solo to not want to read them as a team. Black Canary? Killer Frost? Vixen? I mean seriously! Even the presence of Batman and Lobo couldn't deter me from trying the book out.
The first arc had the team fight The Extremists, a group of villains committed to creating an orderly society, even if the means to that end are evil. The latest issue has them mobilizing to fight a group of villains trying to bring about total chaos. That is an interesting hook.
There is also a ton of character arcs for these heroes. Can Vixen lead a team with Batman as a member? Can Killer Frost redeem herself from her villainous past? Can Lobo be reined in? Where does Canary fit in? It has been a very enjoyable read so far.
But the last issue had two small moments worth showcasing, important for this blog.
One thing that I have loved about Steve Orlando's books has been his knowledge of the DCU. There are plenty of historical names and characters woven into these stories. So hearing Thayer Jost mentioned in this issue was as appreciated the inclusion of Lar-On, the Kryptonian Day of Truth, and Dr. Ecks in Supergirl.
And he has leveraged current characters into the stories as well. We see a little bit of that expanded universe here. The League has an introductory press conference at the now not-so-secret Secret Sanctuary. The members are present and Vixen announces the team's goals. And the reporters present ask the tough questions.
One is the CatCo team of Ben Rubel and (in an uncredited cameo) Kara Danvers. Ben asks about the League's open door policies. So seeing these two at work in another book adds depth to their work in the main Supergirl book. It would be akin to Lois appearing in a Booster Gold issue.
And we also see Lana as a reporter for the Daily Star. She asks about the 'of America' moniker. We have already seen that the team considers itself a peace-keeping force for the whole world.
But this was a reminder that at the beginning of Superwoman, Lana was now a reporter for the Star. We didn't see much of that before the Lena Luthor story collapsed under its own weight and then was erased from continuity.
I am hoping that Lana will again be a reporter. This adds some credence to her job as well.
One more moment I felt I needed to share. In the book, Lobo is something of a wild card. First he sits the mission out, I think out of spite. He laughs at Batman's attempt to control him.
But then he jumps in whole hog, deciding to slaughter as many chaos thugs as he can.
Why do I love this moment? Well, Lobo says that things are about to get his kind of hectic. And immediately I began saying