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I was wondering what the most preferred JLA line-up would be? Has the perfect line-up ever been thought of by DC?

I am a huge DC/JLA fan and love all JLA/JLAssociated comic series and one offs, and like everything from the Silver Age line-up, through the Justice League International/Europe/Antarctica/Detroit line-ups and the most recent and current line-ups. The big 7 line-up is the classic one, but does not have the diversity of the line up that had people like the Huntress, Big Barda and Zauriel in. Green Arrow is my favourite character, so would be in my favourite line-up, so the Silver Age line-up with the big 7, Green Arrow, Black Canary, the Atom, Hawkman/Girl, Red Tornado, Firestorm, Elongated Man, Phantom Stranger and Zatanna would be near the top or at the top for me. What the JlI/JLE/JLTF had going for them was the humour and diversity which can be lacking in the star packed line-ups, but I feel that the Silver Age had enough of both to be the best done so far, as it ticks the star power and grittiness/humour boxes.

I like the 2006/07 line ups with new characters like Manitou Raven, but that line-up was only good for one or two arcs, and would get boring after that. I like seeing rarer and older characters, but as the JLE showed, that type of line up can only last so long. Some of the alternative universe versions of the JLA are interesting, in particular JLA Destiny, a very gritty take on the league.

I think that the JLA series, since its inception and in all its guises is the greatest comic series ever, trumping all other, from the Avengers, to the Doom Patrol. I also believe that it can get better. Can you imagine the Silver Age line-up (now possible because Hal Jordan is back), with todays superior drawing, inking and more realistic, human and gritty writing? It would be amazing. I consider it the best line up yet done.

As a side note, I think that it would be better if after this current line-up finishes, the JLA line-up became permanently open, so that the huge amount of former members could get the coverage that they deserve, and so that we stop having one line-up after another. It would make it easier for the single comic series like Superman and Batman, if they could leave for a few episodes and then join again when ready. I think that it would make the whole of DC stronger, easier to follow and more realistic. It would also, as I said give you permanent diversity, one mission Green Arrow is there, the next week he is not. One mission has John Stewart, the next Guy Gardner etc etc. What do you think?

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I have to admit that I will always have a fondness for the lineup I originally fell in love with...the hey day of the Satellite Era circa JL of A 200ish: Superman, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Elongated Man, Green Lantern (John Stewart a little, Hal mostly), Aquaman, Zatanna, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Black Canary, the Hawks, Red Tornado, the Atom. The cast could be large at times, but they did a god job bring them into squads or just using smaller groupings. It was the first League I discovered, so I think that it will always hold a special place in the heart.

Second favorite would have to be the Giffen League at the time Booster joined: Batman, J'onn, Gardner, Black Canary, Dr. Light, Dr. Fate, Captain Marvel, Mr. Miracle, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold. It gets remembered for the humor, but when that first League came out I also teally like the line up. It had a neat mix of experienced Leaguers and newcomers and also a really good combo of powers and specialties (worldbeaters like Captain Marvel and J'onn, street level mixers like Bats and Beetle, energy projectors, supernatural heroes like Mr. Miracle and Fate). It was a fun mix that unfortunately gets lost in all the BWAH-HA-Has.

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Man, that brings back memories for me. I loved that era as well. I can still recall the JLA/JSA team up around that time with the Ultra-Humanite's team getting ambushed and Batman's utterly awesome line:

"Please. Don't come quietly."

200 was an outstanding issue, and my first exposure to the Martian Manhunter. It left me wishing to see more of him and his brief appearance in Crisis made me mark out.

So I think any line up for me needs the Manhunter From Mars. I also like Green Arrow. The original Green Arrow, not the murderous whackjob we have now been subjected to. I think Batman is important as is Superman and Wonder Woman. Zantanna is a great addition and I welcome any incarnation of Firestorm. The Hal Jordan Green Lantern would round out the team.

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Kyle Bastian

For me, it would have to be the Satellite Era team. The members were very diverse and everyone seemed to like it. If I had to write the JLA comic, here's my choice of characters:

1. Superman
2. Batman
3. Wonder Woman
4. Flash (Barry)
5. Green Lantern (can alternate between Hal and John)
6. Martian Manhunter
7. Aquaman
8. Green Arrow (Ollie)
9. Atom (Ray)
10. Hawkman
11. Black Canary
12. Plastic Man (I'd choose him over Ralph)
13. Red Tornado
14. Zatanna
15. Firestorm
16. Black Lightning
17. Vixen
18. Blue Beetle
19. Captain Atom
20. Booster Gold
21. Steel (John)
22. Rising Sun (needs at least one Asian member)
23. Captain Marvel
24. Gypsy (I have a soft spot for her)

No Paco or Hank. I'd keep them dead if I were you. The reason I picked Rising Sun is because Fire, Ice, and Tasmanian Devil joined and he's a good candidate for the League. Maybe if there is space, I'd add Olympian, Jack O'Lantern, Seraph, and Godiva as well.

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TJ Burns

I love the Satellite Era more than any other, and I like the idea of the team being gigantic, with multiple members on call for each mission for that reason.

For me, a line-up has to have the majority of the Big Ten: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Arrow, Atom, and Hawkman. Pretty much everybody else is up in the air, but there's room for any number of Leaguers. The Satellite Era routinely had 16 guys on the team, and usually, just about everyone got used pretty regularly. If they could do it then, why NOT now?


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My favorite line up that has never been done, but came very close to being reality are:

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern (Hal)
Flash (Wally)
Martian Manhunter

It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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