DC Comics is currently publishing a comic book called Justice League of America, but to me it does not star the Justice League. Why do I feel this way? Because DC and the writer keep putting in stuff to tell me this is about the Justice League when the identity of the team should be obvious.
The latest issue, 51, opens up with a collection of heroes attacking a green dome. A collection of heroes who could be – and many have been – the Justice League. Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Tornado, Zatanna, Steel, Dr. Light, the Atom, Captain Atom, Firestorm, Zauriel, plus some Metal Men, JSAers, and Titans. Then Superman tells us the team inside is the JLA. Who’s left? Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Plastic Man, Hawkman, John Stewart maybe? That is the point, when you see the group, it should be obvious that they are the JLA. This is not.
Instead we get Batman (Grayson), Donna Troy, Jade, Jesse Quick and Supergirl. I think Cyborg is on the team too, but he was not in this issue. The problem is this team is not iconic enough. Wally West, Kyle Rayner, Conner Hawk, and Dick Grayson worked as members of the JLA when they were THE representation of DC icons Flash, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Batman. Now, no one would create a JLA not using Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Oliver Queen and Bruce Wayne in those roles. Oh wait, they did.