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.
Yeah. I liked his GA run, and I like all of his posts that I read over on his Website. IC also had some really good stuff in it I thought. It might be the most daring mainstream DC story ever told. I don't really buy comics these days because there so expensive, but I did buy most of his issues. I thought it was too rooted for hardcore fans. I'm getting into the League history, and most of it seems cool, BUT I felt like Meltzer was just writing for long-term fans. I also wasn't that crazy about his take on Batman, he seemed a little to nice, I dunno, for my tastes. And I didn't like everyone always calling each other by there first name, seems kind of strange Power Girl would know Bruce is Batman, when did that happen? I do think he did a really good job with the Red Tornado though, and Black Lightning is cool. I guess I expected more. More mythos, more grand action, more danger. I don't know. It wasn't by any means bad or terrible though.