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Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 10:33:25 pm EDT
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Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 at 06:19:27 pm EDT

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I'm curious, what is everyone's thoughts on the Meltzer run as a whole. I realize that the final issue may change some opinions but looking back on #0-11, what are everyone's thoughts in retrospect?

My take: I like Meltzer. His Green Arrow story was cool and Identity Crisis is one of my favorite DCU stories. I liked how #0 looked at the past and future of the league (as well as had a list of insanely talented artists, many who had runs on JLA, working on the issue).

As for The Tornado's Path, I thought the story did move a bit slow. Yet as a JLA fan, I really thought Meltzer understood the characters in terms of dialogue and characterization (Red Arrow calling Hawkgirl a "pretty bird" ala Green Arrow talking to Black Canary). Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman taking so long to come up with a line-up? That bugged me. The art by Ed Benes took some getting used to. He drawed those big muscular characters but after a while his art really grew on me. He is like a mix between Jim Lee and Joe Mad. The epilogue issue in #7 was pretty nice and seemed to tough on a lot of the built up past and present JLA history.

The Lightning Saga was a miss for me like The Tornado's Path. It just didn't feel coherent (not in terms of continuity, more in terms of storytelling) enough for a crossover IMO. Johns had a good handle on everything in his issues but the JLA segments just felt slow and almost like a love letter to the past (dare I say "bad fan fiction?"). At least both Meltzer and Johns had the sense to make the crossover bigger than JLA/JSA and include the LOSH.

#11 was brilliant. Gene Ha was great and the story was one of those that I'll probably remember.

Overall, it wasn't what I thought it would be. It moved slow, and dwelled on the past too much. As someone who tends to be very analytical about his comics and notice the creative teams more then the fictional characters, I felt like the run could've been better. Don't get me wrong, it had it's upsides but #1-10 had an awful lot more cons than pros. Once again, I'm really just looking at the big picture. Since #12 is somewhat standalone like #11 was, I can see myself enjoying the final issue.

If I had to give a final statement: not Meltzer's best work.

I thought Identity Crisis was one of the most exciting and best minis in the last decade so I probably bought Justice LEague by Meltzer with expectations way too high. I mean, I haven't really bought or enjoyed the League since a year or two into the Giffen era so what was I thinking? The eleven issues so far have told too little story and have had the characters sometimes inexplicably close friends This is the team of Big Guns that are supposed to handle the worst of the worst and they've done squat for aknost a year now. McDuffie can't start soon enough. At least with his recent work placeholding over at Fantastic Four we've seen a writer that knows the right galance of character interaction and the necessary super-hero action.

And the art? I'm not that big of a Benes fan and emjoyed the fill ins more than the regular issues. Benes' fascination with drawing the female butt will not be missed by me and Wonder Woman in a thong is not my idea of a good portrayal of the character.

It's a shame too. I loved the Satellite League too and was looking forward to Red Tornado's return to prominence. Now I wish he'd been left alone. Good-bye, Mister Meltzer. I look forward to your next mini but definitely not on an ongoing.