Looks like time for a new lineup.
This reminds me of two other JL eras.
1. Detroit, after the Satellite era disbanded.
2. International, which brought us out of the Detroit disaster.
Writer Grant Morrison showed us how good a JLA based on the founding team could be. Joe Kelly reminded us that if the story focused too much on the lesser heroes, the feeling was lost. Brad Meltzer came in and showed us that the team could be great with most of the founders and a few others thrown in for character development, similar to the Satellite era.
While I love the secondary characters, a Justice League without Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern really makes no sense. I know its been done before, but I bet any issue of JLA with those 3 on the cover outsells any other grouping on the cover.
So, if its time to pick new members, who would I, a fan since the mid 70′s put on the team? Wow, my first several picks are not available. In fact many are currently dead. Maybe the Justice League Unlimited cartoon is a place to look for ideas. Old line ups certainly are too.
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman gone.
Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, Blue Beetle, Rocket Red, Aztek, the New Gods – all dead.
Hal, Ollie, Ray Palmer, Batwoman, Supergirl, Shazam in the other JL book. – I’d just put Barry and Dinah here as well.
Black Lightning, GeoForce, Metamorpho in Outsiders.
Flash Wally and Red Arrow are in The Titans. Kyle logically goes in this group.
Hawkgirl goes back to Hawkman and the JSA.
Red Tornado has quit.
Booster is out in time.
Captain Atom is now a villain.
That leaves us with:
Green Lantern – Stewart.
Wow. Not much star power there.
Not enough star power means low sales. Batman was pulled in to salvage the Detroit team. The JLI got Batman, a GL (Guy) and Captain Marvel to start. The Outsiders makes sense when Batman leads them and Superman leads the League. To me, No Superman and No Batman makes no sense. (Then again, a Young Titans without Tim, Bart, and Connor makes no sense either.)
Thanks to www.comiccovers.com for the pictures.