Good morrow to you sirs and madams. You know what site this is as you clicked on it and I’m sure that you are also aware of the fact that Comical-Musings is your resource for good suggestions and reviews of comics past and present. We pride ourselves on our ability to steer folks to “good” comics. One of my sources that I read and listen to constantly is the Ifanboy.com website and Pick of The Week Podcast. The content put out by Josh, Ron, Conor, and all of the other staffers makes my week and entertains me endlessly. They made me want to make this blog and I love them for it. It only makes sense that when I, your source for suggestions, need a suggestion on what to read, I consult a higher power and Ifanboy.com is that for me. The book that all of the guys rave about constantly is Grant Morrison’s JLA. On any given episode of the podcast, you will hear the Fanboys give credit to this run of comics for either catching their attention or re-igniting it. Either way, Morrison’s run on JLA is legendary and I had to give it a read. I started with issues one through four and dove right in.
Case in point, this comic made me like characters that I have never cared about one bit. Metamorpho is a hero and stretches his powers farther than he ever thought they could go and to the extremes of what I had imagined. Aquaman tears people up in this comic book. He tries to stab Wonder Woman because she won’t leave him alone and throws whales at people. They make him cool and that is not nearly as impressive as what they did with Mr. Allen. Through years of speed force stories and multiple family lines it seems like the Flash’s only goal is to make me never buy one of his comic books. He runs fast, but gets beat by stupid villains and as soon as he dies, his next son takes over. It’s kind of antiquated and played out. In Morrison’s JLA, the Flash has probably the best battle sequence of the whole book. He chases another speedster and the speedster begins to employ high speed combat techniques. The Flash has to figure out ways around this and his thoughts are fleshed out with skill. You feel like you are moving at high speeds with the combatants. It’s really exciting and well done. Finally, Batman’s role in this book is the catalyst to the climax and really fits with his character. I know Batman is an A-list character, but I like how this book highlights Batman as opposed to losing him in the background of a team filled with god-like personalities.