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JLA #120

Posted: Monday, October 17, 2005
By: Michael Bailey



"Requiem for a League"

Writer: Bob Harras
Artitsts: Tom Derenick (p), Dan Green (i)

Publisher: DC Comics


Plot: Former members of the Justice League gather at the site of the Secret Sanctuary to observe the passing of another era of the League. During the ceremony Dawn is drawn into astral plane and speaks with the Martian Manhunter. Meanwhile, a villain from the League's past escapes from Arkham Asylum and plans revenge for the pain he believes they caused him.

Commentary: It's really odd to read a Bob Harras written issue of JLA. This is the guy who edited the X-Men line of books at one of their apexes. This is the guy who was Editor-In-Chief of the entire Marvel line for about five minutes or so. It's not bad, just strange and, given the presence of multiple realities in DC's books these days, oddly fitting.

I was very impressed with Harass' writing on this issue. The arguing among the characters played out beautifully. While I hope this is the last time we hear this particular argument, Harras definitely closed the book on the current era of the Justice League. I enjoyed his handling of Aquaman and the scenes with Dawn and the Martian Manhunter added an air of mystery and hooked me as a reader, making me want to read the rest of the story just to find out what is going on.

More than anything I like the fact that the League has once again broken down and will be, for the near future at least, composed of characters that a lot of people consider second or third string characters. I like when the League is played this way. Don't get me wrong, I love the "magnificent seven," but from a creative standpoint, there is a lot more to be done character wise with the characters that are not considered icons and pillars of the DC Universe.

But maybe that's just me.

In The End: An interesting issue to say the least. Harras did a good job keeping the characters in character and moving along the stories and themes that have been running through the DCU. I don't quite know who the villain is yet, but the set up, like the Martian Manhunter/Dawn sub-plot was good enough to make me want to come back for more. The art by Derenick and Green (another veteran of the late '80s/early '90s X-books) was very smooth and the characters looked great.



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