On The Cheap: Get The First Volume Of Morrison And Porter’s ‘JLA’ For $7
With Batman v Superman finally in theaters this weekend after months of somber trailers, lists of the best team-ups and fights, and other assorted hype, there's a good chance that you might be burnt out on seeing those two characters in action. If, however, you're still hungry for more, there's some good news: If you head over to Comixology today, it's pretty much wall-to-wall Batman and Superman, with Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League thrown in for good measure.
But the one title in the entire sale that I'd recommend above all others is less about Batman and Superman fighting and more about the formation of the Justice League.
Right now, the first volume of Grant Morrison and Howard Porter's JLA is on sale for $7, and if you don't already have it, you're going to want to jump on for what might be the single greatest Justice League story ever.
I'll admit that if you're a new reader --- especially one coming in from mass media projects like the TV shows --- it's going to seem a little weird. If nothing else, Superman starts the book with a mullet and ends with blue skin and lightning powers, so that might throw you off a little. In between, though, he teams up with the rest of the Justice League and literally wrestles an angel, so, you know, it all balances out.
The opening story, New World Order, is a four part saga that pits the Justice League against the Hyperclan, a gang of alien superheroes who hide a terrible secret --- and considering that the major conflict arises when the JLA objects to their murderous methods and public executions, it's a story that still feels relevant today.
As for its particular relevance to this week's mass-media juggernaut, however, I can tell you right now that Batman doesn't fight Superman, so if that's what you're looking for, it's not here (although it's in plenty of the other books on sale this week, for obvious reasons). It does, however, feature Batman singlehandedly taking on three people who have all of Superman's powers, in what might be one of my favorite Batman moments of the past 76 years.
More than anything else, though, New World Order shows you how to open a book. It's wall-to-wall action, and it sets the tone for widescreen action that follows throughout that entire era of Justice League.
At six bucks for ten issues, you're not going to find a whole lot of better stories at a better price.