Being a Green Lantern fan that I am, I bought and read Green Lantern The Greatest Stories Ever Told and was satisfied with the stories it contains. So I thought I might as well get JLA The Greatest Stories Ever Told. JLA stands for Justice League of America, sometimes known only as Justice League. JLA or Justice League of America is a comic published by DC Comics. It’s a superhero team made up of DC’s biggest names like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and the list goes on. The list is not permanent. Every now and then some members leave while new characters join. The comic had entertained its readers from the 1960s until now.
So JLA The Greatest Stories Ever Told is a compilation of some of the best stories or adventures of the team. Although I would have to say that the term “greatest” is subjective, I still found a way to appreciate this compilation of comics.
I guess one of my biggest expectations from this book is to read the original issue that this team or group of superheroes teamed up with and became a team. I’m talking about The Brave and the Bold # 28 from 1960. I’d really love to read that original story. The initial history of the equipment that was included in this book was of number 200 with the title “Origin”. It was a story of how its founding members came together to fight the invading alien forces and formally establish the group.
Well, the short origin story gave way to other pages where interesting stories are filled. Stories like “The superexiles of the Earth”, “Snapper Carr-Traitor” and “The great crisis of identity”, among others. Each of these stories (eight stories in total, including “Origin”), had some key events in the team’s long history that included revealing each member’s secret identities to each other, the betrayal of one of their members, the overcoming of themselves, going through the transition with their new members and following the advice that could be the key to saving the world from total alien domination.
Among these stories, I think the best I have read was “Star-Seed”. It was originally featured in JLA Secret Files # 1, September 1997. The story was written by Grant Morrison and Mike Millar. In the story, Blue Valley was attacked by an alien threat. Flash was the first to address the situation, but he was also one of the first to fall under the invader’s control. Superman called a meeting with Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Martian Manhunter when the alien invader made it public that they were ready to take over the world. During their planning process, The Specter stepped in and warned them not to get involved. However, superheroes
reluctant to follow unsolicited advice, so the Specter gave them a glimpse of what would come if they went ahead with their plan. The result of their action would be for them to fall under the control of the alien threat. And being the super powerful beings that they are, the rest of the world was no match for them. Seeing the likely outcome, they had come up with a solution: penetrate enemy territory deprived of their superpowers. without their powers, they would be less of a threat if they did indeed fall under control. Despite being powerless, the group managed to overpower the alien threat, keeping the world safe again.
Again, there are eight stories in this compilation book and each story offers a different vision and point of view (as interpreted by the respective creative writers of each story) into the lives of these great superheroes. Aside from great stories, like comic books, each story also showcased great art from great artists who had shared their talents on every page.