JLI … 30 years later!
30 years later and still an amazing read. In a time of Watchmen and Dark Knights, this run dared do the unthinkable: be fun and funny at the same time. It spoiled us too, as there’s never been something like this again.
Disclaimer: This would be one of the three runs I would take to a desert island, so when I heard that February marked the 30th anniversary of the series, I had to do something about it. Now, it’s easy to find other articles online that express much better than I could why this is one of the best runs ever, so we are going to take a look at some peripheral comics that might not be so well-known.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 Variant
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 Millennium Edition Chromium Cover
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #43
RETROACTIVE: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA 1990s
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #18
So you’ve read Justice League #1-60 and Annuals #1-5, Justice League Europe #1-36 and Annuals #1-2, Justice League Quarterly #1-4, Justice League International Special #1, JLA Classified #4-9, Formerly Known as Justice League #1-6 and that short story in JLA 80-Page Giant #1, but you still feel a hole of sadness … what now?
Well, as I said above, there hasn’t been anything quite like it … Justice League 3000 was a lot more fun tha you would expect and it did start re-building the JLI in the future, bringing back the original Blue Beetle and Booster Gold and building the same kind of rapports between team mates as you could find in the original series. Unfortunately, by the time it became Justice League 3001, Beetle and Booster were brushed to the side … Still a pretty good run, even if they never finished the story.
What I thought might be fun is take a quick look at some tie-ins or related issues you might have missed during the first run. These are not necessary at all but it features DeMatteis and/or Giffen working with the same characters while they were working on the series and bringing with them the same brand of madness. Enjoy!!!
If you’ve read all of these, I am afraid you are pretty much done. But, as I said above, eventually it will all come back. At least this one has more chances than the Detroit-era Justice League!!!