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Subj: Re: Why was Waid's JLA run so short?
Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 06:33:36 pm EDT (Viewed 327 times)
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Posted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 at 01:07:22 am EDT (Viewed 12 times)

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For my money, Mark Waid was nearly as important in the hugeness of the JLA of the 90s as Grant Morrison.

Waid rebooted the team preceeding Morrison with "Midsummer's nightmare."

He did about 6 STELLAR fill-in issues. And his run started off with a bang with HEAVENS LADDER and TOWER OF BABEL. Then Hitch came onboard and we got great issues with QUEEN OF FABLES and the DUEL IDENTITIES arc. The followup arc against the White Martians (art by M. Miller) was solid also.

Then. . .poof! Waid no more. And Joe Kelly started his interminable run follwed by the hapless runs of O'Neil, Byrne/Claremont, Austen, and Busiek. Shark Jump in my book. I dropped the title.

So. . .why? You'd think Waid wanted and could've stayed on the title much longer. What happened? Why couldn't Hitch stick around too?

Good questions, and I can't give you any straight definitive answer!

You are right about Mark Waid's run, I think it no exaggeration to say it is one of the great underappreciated runs on a book, much like Messner-Loebs' run on The Flash. I suspect that the reasons he left the book may have had to do with a move to Crossgen which had just set up, Crossgen was an independent publisher offering exciting opportunities and benefits to creators, and since this was an extremely busy time for Waid I would speculate that he opted to drop JLA and focus on the new horizons of Crossgen. In a similar vein Brian Hitch was in immense demand and 'The ULTIMATES' was calling... it was great while it lasted, and without a doubt Waid's run was quite influential in its own way, but s you say it could have been so much more if only he had stayed longer. \(coffee\)

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