One of our posters asked, “Why isn’t John Stewart in the JLA line which had the 3rd wave solicited this week. I started writing and decided it was kind of long for a post.
The current JLA line of figures form DCDirect covers the JLA comic era that was started roughly at the "One Year Later" event, after "52". Brad Meltzer’s story is part Bats, Supes, Wondy sitting around debating who would be the ‘best’ to pull into the League while outside events cause it to form organically.
Act 1. Black Canary, Hal Jordan, Red Arrow, and eventually Vixen are lead to the Red Tornado. Black Lightning is operating undercover, runs into Hawkgirl and their investigation leads them to take evidence to the Batcave where Bats, Supes, Wondy are meeting. The analysis of the evidence leads this group to Red Tornado as well. The case is solved and the group decides to become the new JLA. Bats, Supes, and Wondy decide that this team will do.
Act 2. Geo Force shows up asking for the League’s help just in time to be involved in the JLA/JSA/LSH team up story which returns Wally West to the DCU and the JLA. Brad Meltzer’s stories also briefly includes Zatanna, and on his website, www.BradMeltzer.com , Brad states that he intended to get Cyborg on the team, but it just did not fit in after all the other stories he wanted to tell in the span of 12 issues.
I’ll be brutally honest here. Brad and I do NOT see eye to eye on what should be a story in the DCU. Brad’s DC work includes Green Arrow “Archer’s Quest” (highly recommended), and JLA “Identity Crisis” (which I feel contains material inappropriate for super hero comics and should never have been published). That aside, his main JLA comic stuff, in the current JLA series issues 1-12 is very good. I found it a little slow at times. I disagree with some of the membership choices. That said, there are a lot of good things about Meltzer’s run. 1) Black Lightning, after being written off as a possible member some 20 years ago, is finally a member of the team. 2) The tragic error of the ‘death’ of Wally West is reversed. 3) We got an awesome JLA/JSA/LSH cross over. 4) Vixen is given a second, well deserved chance to shine. 5) Geo Force got to appear in the book. 6) The art is stunning. 7) Brad was able to influence DC and DCDirect to give us action figures of characters we’ve never gotten in DCDirect before.
My thanks to Brad for 12 great issues and the action figures.
So, the answer is, Green Lantern John Stewart was not on the team at the time of the League that this line covers. John joined the team after Dwayne McDuffie took over as writer, like the Jason Rusch Firestorm (www.DwayneMcDuffie.com ).