Revisiting the JLI

Rather than putting out another full year of weekly comics, DC has opted to run two separate books, each going bi-weekly.  While my roommate will be picking up Brightest Day, I have opted to give my attention to Justice League: Generation Lost.  Written by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick, the book will be starring the memorable cast of the old Justice League International run from the late 80’s.  Many people tend to fondly remember the ragtag League with the likes of Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Captian Atom and the Martian Manhunter, but not many seem to have actually read the books that starred them.

Launched just after the close of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the revamped Justice League picked up any characters not claimed by bigger titles (which weren’t too many at that point).  Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, the book was a more lighthearted character-driven title that showed how even the most disfunctional of teams could still come together to get the job done.  Sort of.

The two creators went 60 issues before leaving, and the league became a Superman-led team and got a whole lot more early 90’s-ish.

To prepare for the May launch of Generation Lost, I’m going to go back through all 60 issues of the JLI run, commentating on it here as I go.  So prepare to learn all the JLI stuff you never even thought to not want to know about.  You may just learn why Blue Beetle is my favorite hero ever.

(Oh, and if that shadowed figure in the middle there isn’t the Ted Kord Blue Beetle, I’ll give everyone reading this a dollar.  For real.)

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