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Gernot

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footman

Subj: Re: Sure, here's mine
Posted: Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 08:50:46 am EDT
Reply Subj: Sure, here's mine
Posted: Mon Jun 09, 2008 at 11:41:43 pm EDT

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I think that the JLA is toeing a thin line, but that so far it is working. By that, I refer to the current expanded membership. I don't want the JLA to turn into a JSA type thing with 30 or 40 members, but right now I really like the additions of Hawkwoman, Vixen, Geo-Force, and Black Lightning. McDuffie is doing a fine job with these characters.

As far as Red Arrow goes, yes he should definitely be in the League, as Red Arrow. No question in my mind. This is Roy finally growing up and coming into his own, as Dick did when he became Nightwing. After all, we know right now that Oliver will be joining Hal in the second League that will be forming after Final Crisis, so Roy will not be redundant. Even were this not the case, Oliver's being alive doesn't automatically mean he should go back to being a full-time Green Arrow or a full-time League member. Were he not going to be in the upcoming new JLA, which I am very much looking forward to, I wouldnt even mind seeing Oliver take a break and do the civilian thing for a while.

New characters are ok, but should be used sparingly. If you look at Busiek's Power Company, it really flopped. I think that this was because it mostly featured a buch of Busiek creations when DC fans would really have liked to see a new DC team made of some of the random, homeless established characters. I remember when Firestorm and Powergirl showed up in that book, and I thought, "Man, this book would have been better had they been in it from the beginning". Over in the Outsiders book I see the same problem. The two new female characters, Grace and the other lightening girl, are not at all interesting to me, and they take up valuable page space.

> Do you like the idea of the JLA being an all-encompassing army, or would you rather it be the elite of superheroes, with those who've proven themselves?
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> Should ANY writer be able to come up with a brand-new character with the idea of having him/her join the League?
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> I feel the League should only have those who've proven themselves over the years, such as the heroes up until the Satellite Era had done. I always felt the Detroit League was a mistake, letting several unknowns join the League.
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> The League CAN be the size of an army, but only a limited number should be written into a case/storyline with any writer. I'd like the number of active Leagers limited to 12-15 members, at MOST. If a hero dies, let his/her slot remain open, unless a legacy character should come forward (Flash, Green Lantern, etc.)
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> I don't really want to see Arsenal in the League (Green Arrow's still alive!), nor do I want to see the original heroes retired so new blood can take their place(s).
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> I want the League to be formed of the "gods" of the DC Universe. If the writer wants to introduce a new character in the book, fine! LET the new character be introduced, then written OUT of the book when that particular story is over. They can come back once every three years or so. Any new hero can be made into an Honorary Member, but let standing Honoraries serve before said new hero comes back.
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> Heroes I DON'T want in the League:
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> Vixen
> Arsenal
> Geo-Force
> Black Lightning (honorary membership is okay)
> Heroes created in the book (let them be established, and in a few years we'll talk.) \:\)
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> Thoughts?
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> I think that the JLA is toeing a thin line, but that so far it is working. By that, I refer to the current expanded membership. I don't want the JLA to turn into a JSA type thing with 30 or 40 members, but right now I really like the additions of Hawkwoman, Vixen, Geo-Force, and Black Lightning. McDuffie is doing a fine job with these characters.
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Yeah, I DON'T want the League to be as big as LOSH or JSA, either. I think as long as they have less than 20 active members, the team should be okay.

> As far as Red Arrow goes, yes he should definitely be in the League, as Red Arrow. No question in my mind. This is Roy finally growing up and coming into his own, as Dick did when he became Nightwing. After all, we know right now that Oliver will be joining Hal in the second League that will be forming after Final Crisis, so Roy will not be redundant. Even were this not the case, Oliver's being alive doesn't automatically mean he should go back to being a full-time Green Arrow or a full-time League member. Were he not going to be in the upcoming new JLA, which I am very much looking forward to, I wouldnt even mind seeing Oliver take a break and do the civilian thing for a while.
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I'd say Red Arrow has a ways to go yet. Do all the Leaguers trust that he WON'T have a relapse of his drug addiction? Have they touched upon that yet?

And I'm against Arrow and Lantern forming a new team. Teams should be made of solo heroes and new characters. The League should be an HONOR, one that isn't taken lightly. A hero should be a member for life, serving in whatever capacity they can in certain circumstances. For example, if Arrow should lose an arm, he could still function on Monitor Duty in times of Crisis, acting as a liason for the membership.

> New characters are ok, but should be used sparingly. If you look at Busiek's Power Company, it really flopped. I think that this was because it mostly featured a buch of Busiek creations when DC fans would really have liked to see a new DC team made of some of the random, homeless established characters. I remember when Firestorm and Powergirl showed up in that book, and I thought, "Man, this book would have been better had they been in it from the beginning". Over in the Outsiders book I see the same problem. The two new female characters, Grace and the other lightening girl, are not at all interesting to me, and they take up valuable page space.
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I'm against new members in the League for pretty much the reasons you stated above. There was a teenage girl who joined JLE at one point, causing me to scratch my head in amazement. IMO, it was one of the most BORING periods in the League's life.

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