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Subj: Not just JL
Posted: Mon May 16, 2011 at 08:40:16 pm EDT (Viewed 15 times)
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Posted: Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:14:54 pm EDT (Viewed 27 times)

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Why is it so hard to maintain a JLA lineup? It seems like every 2 years now we get a total re-do on the team, often with a whole new reason for being and everything. Morrison's core had a solid run (it always was essentially the big 7 with a handful of additions), but since the League has struggled for an identity. I know that some of this has to do with the fact that the creative teams seem to change regularly right now and each team of creators wants to offer their spin...but why? The original JL of A went through a ton of creators, but maintained the same general focus...maybe just an additional member or two here or there. Why can't we do that now?

My fix would be a large but stable cast of characters that are mainly big guns: Superman, WW, Batman (actually ok with that being Dick), Flash (preferably Wally), Zatanna, Green Lantern (Hal if we must), Red Tornado, Captain Atom, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Booster Gold (finally getting some respect and love), Supergirl, Captain Marvel, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Major Disaster. I would establish 4-5 as the core team who were on "full time" duty, have others respond as available, occassionally assemble a particular team necessary for a mission, and almost never have everybody show up at once. Its essentially the "all star League" from Young Justice, with a few quirks. With that roster, you can tell most stories, have some interesting interactions continuously, and "in story" deal with almost any crisis that comes up.

It's a general problem with team books across the comic industry that's bugged me for years. In the old days writers would be satisfied having 1-2 members come and/or go each year with true shakeups happening every few years. They need to be satisfied hyping a new member joining, an old member returning or current member leaving instead of a completely new lineup every 1-2 years.

Real question for everyone who agrees with Hawkeye and myself on this; would you be satisfied if you knew the current 7 JLA members would not only stick around for a while but would take years for writers to slowly have them exit the title? Or would you accept a sporadic, no logical reason lineup change putting at least 5 of the original 7 back on the team?

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  •   Why? · Hawkeye7 · Fri May 13, 2011 at 12:14:54 pm EDT
    •   Not just JL · Storm · Mon May 16, 2011 at 08:40:16 pm EDT
      •   Re: Not just JL · Captain Spanky · Tue Jun 07, 2011 at 08:12:23 pm EDT
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