Coming next: Grant Morrison's run on JLA.
The low sales of the various Justice League spinoff books prompted DC to revamp the League as a single team (all the various branch teams were disbanded) on a single title. A Justice League of America formed in the September 1996 limited series Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare
by Mark Waid
and Fabian Nicieza
. In 1997, DC Comics launched a new Justice League series titled JLA
, written by Grant Morrison
with art by Howard Porter
and inker John Dell.
This series, in an attempt at a "back-to-basics" approach, used as its core the team's original and most famous seven members (or their successors): Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash (Wally West
), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner
), and the Martian Manhunter. Additionally, the team received a new headquarters, the "Watchtower
", based on the Moon
. Morrison introduced the idea of the JLA allegorically representing a pantheon
of gods, with their different powers and personalities, incorporating such characters as Barbara Gordon
(Oracle), John Henry Irons
(Steel), and Plastic Man
Since this new league included most of DC's most powerful heroes, the focus of the stories changed. The League now dealt only with Earth-shattering, highest-priority threats which could challenge their tremendous combined power. Enemies faced by this new JLA included an invading army of aliens, a malfunctioning war machine from the future, a horde of renegade angels, a newly reformed coalition of villains as a counter-league, mercenaries armed with individualized take-down strategies for each superhero, various cosmic threats, and the enraged spirit of the Earth itself. In addition, because almost all of the members had their own comics, the stories were almost always self-contained, with all chapters occurring within JLA
itself and very rarely affecting events outside of that series. Developments from a hero's own title (such as the new costume temporarily adopted by Superman) were reflected in the League's comic book, however.
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