Friday, February 22, 2008

She'll see I'm not so tough..

It's time for yet another new feature.

My Favorite Comics Ever.

JLA #84-89 (collected as JLA Vol. 14 “Trial By Fire”)
Joe Kelly writes a perfect Batman, shows just how powerful a player Martian Manhunter is in the DCU, and comes up with multiple Grant Morrison-sized/OMG/character defining moments for pretty much every member of the Justice League.

Doug Mahnke’s art is absolutely incredible. I mean, there’s no other way to say it. There are totally scan-worthy panels on pretty much every page of every issue.
The guy is just an amazing artist capable of making Superman look “super” whether he’s sitting in a lawnchair at J’onn’s backyard BBQ or racing across the planet to chase down the last of several hundred nuclear missiles the JLA must stop.
Even more importantly perhaps is the fact that he makes characters like The Atom and Major Disaster look every bit as epic and impressive as Superman and Batman. (And Joe Kelly does his part to make them seem just as important and integral to the story as “The Big Guys”.)

Oh, and did I mention that the only person who can save the JLA and the Earth itself is Plastic Man?
Yeah, it’s pretty awesome.

I don’t know that it’s the best Justice League story, but it’s definitely top notch on every level. I can't say that it's my favorite JLA story of all time, but it's certainly my favorite JLA story at the moment and one of my favorite comics ever.


thomas said...

Kelly on JLA is criminally underrated. I loved his whole run.

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chrishaley said...

Thomas - Yeah, I forgot to mention that aspect of it, but I was actually discussing that very subject with a friend last night who hadn't read any of Kelly's run.
I really can't understand why people aren't still talking about his and Mahnke's run because it was absolutely phenomenal. The only thing I can figure is that no one was reading it.. which is a travesty.

jason quinones said...

that is a pretty awesome panel of plastic man kickin ass!