Long time readers will know of my affection for Justice League Detroit, a much maligned iteration of the League from the early to mid 80s. Sure, they had some problems, but I still like those folks. And throw in Dr Strange and who knows what might happen.
I came across this “100 Issues Ago” panel in an old JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA and thought I’d tidy it up and re-purpose it. If one month = one issue, what was I reading 100 Issues Ago?
With FLASHPOINT almost over (issue #4 was out this month) the rest of DC’s output was either the FLASHPOINT tie-in miniseries, regular series winding up their run or a handful of specials like this one, where creators from classic runs of titles were given the opportunity to tell new stories using their characters.
The Detroit League doesn’t get a lot of love, generally, but I’ve always had a fondness for them, so having a new story set in that era of the League was a nice treat.
The plot’s straightforward enough: Felix Faust attacks the Detroit base of the League, trapping the heroes and a visiting group of children within the base. Steel and Aquaman butt heads, Steel convinced the older hero looks down on the League, before they make a final, doomed to failure stand. Gypsy manages to save the day by disobeying an order from Aquaman, and a young boy tells them they have nothing to fear as they’re the Justice League.
It’s a simple tale from a simpler time and works for me, though Conway’s insistence that the Detroit League matter and that they were heroes despite what the fans said is a little heavy handed.
Next month, it’s the launch of the New 52 and a bunch of new #1s.