Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8

JLA 201 coverJustice League of America #201 – “A Hero for All Seasons” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Bob Smith

This one starts with a broken down dude named Joe Parry reminiscing along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Parry once found an alien artifact (way back in JLA 31) that made his wishes come true, but he got greedy and ended up getting his ass kicked by the Justice League. Now that he’s out of prison, he’s cursing himself for not doing more with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he had. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8”

Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7

JLA 200 coverJustice League of America #200 – “A League Divided” – Gerry Conway/George Perez/Brett Breeding

This is a special anniversary issue of JLA, clocking in at a whopping 72 pages. It features a number of top artists of the day drawing different chapters. As indicated above, George Perez and Brett Breeding did the framing story and climax, and the whole thing was written by Gerry Conway. I’ll give art credits for each chapter as we get to them. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7”

Comics Reviews: JLA 199, Legion of Super-Heroes 284, New Teen Titans 16, All-Star Squadron 6

JLA 199 coverJustice League of America #199 – “Grand Canyon Showdown” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Brett Breeding

Last issue, the Lord of Time cooked up a convoluted scheme (is there any other kind for him?) that involved taking four JLAers (Flash, Green Lantern, Elongated Man, and Zatanna) into 1878 Arizona. Lord of Time has info that an anti-matter strike (like the one at Tunguska in 1908) was supposed to happen in 1878 over the Grand Canyon. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 199, Legion of Super-Heroes 284, New Teen Titans 16, All-Star Squadron 6”

Comics Reviews: JLA 198, Legion of Super-Heroes 283, New Teen Titans 15, All-Star Squadron 5

JLA 198 coverJustice League of America #198 – “Once Upon a Time in the Wild, Wild West” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Brett Breeding

This one starts out in the Old West, with bounty hunter Jonah Hex tracking someone across a stretch of desert. (No, I didn’t get my reviews mixed up, this is a JLA comic.) Hex notices some vultures circling not far away and thinks it might be the fugitive he’s looking for … or someone in trouble. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 198, Legion of Super-Heroes 283, New Teen Titans 15, All-Star Squadron 5”

Comics Reviews: JLA 197, Legion of Super-Heroes 282, New Teen Titans 14, All-Star Squadron 4

JLA 197 coverJustice League of America #197 – “Crisis in Limbo” – Gerry Conway/George Perez, Keith Pollard/Romeo Tanghal

Last issue, the new Secret Society of Super-Villains (led by the now apish Ultra-Humanite) managed to capture five JLA and five JSA members. Ultra-Humanite has told his minions that banishing these ten heroes to Limbo will randomly wipe out all the super-heroes on either Earth-1 or Earth-2. What the other villains don’t know is that it’s Earth-2’s heroes that will vanish … and Ultra-Humanite knew that all along. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 197, Legion of Super-Heroes 282, New Teen Titans 14, All-Star Squadron 4”

Comics Reviews: JLA 196, Legion of Super-Heroes 281, New Teen Titans 13, All-Star Squadron 3

JLA 196 coverJustice League of America #196 – “Countdown to Crisis” – Gerry Conway/George Perez/Romeo Tanghal

Last issue, the JLA and JSA were beset by a new Secret Society of Super-Villains led by Ultra-Humanite. Ultra-Humanite has told his minions (a mix of villains from Earth-1 and Earth-2) that if a certain set of superheroes are sent to Limbo, that’ll result in the disappearance of all super-heroes from one of the Earths. Since the villains figure they have even odds of eliminating heroes from their Earth, they’re all in; what they don’t know is that Ultra-Humanite is lying to them … he knows exactly which Earth will lose its heroes—the one he inhabits. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 196, Legion of Super-Heroes 281, New Teen Titans 13, All-Star Squadron 3”

Comics Reviews: JLA 195, Legion of Super-Heroes 20, New Teen Titans 12, All-Star Squadron 2

JLA 195 coverJustice League of America #195 – “Targets on Two Worlds” – Gerry Conway/George Perez/John Beatty

I had this three-parter when I was a kid and it’s one of my favourite JLA stories (actually, it’s one of my favourite comics stories) and definitely my favourite JLA/JSA crossover. Judging by what I’ve heard from other comics fans, I’m not alone. Over half of this issue deals with the “recruitment” process, showing the gathering of two sets of villains, one on each Earth. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 195, Legion of Super-Heroes 20, New Teen Titans 12, All-Star Squadron 2”