When you start digging around the history of the DC Universe, you're bound to find some...well, let's call them weird little anomalies. Characters with pasts that overlap and loop back in on themselves, stories that get wiped from existence and then brought back—it's all part and parcel with the whole superhero thing, after all, and the DCU is always changing. But perhaps one of the most famous (or, depending on who you talk to, infamous) of those anomalies lies squarely on the shoulders of one Carter Hall aka Hawkman. If you're looking for weirdness, look no further.
Let’s step back in time to when we were first teased with the news of a Justice League of America and Doom Patrol crossover titled…“Milk Wars.”
Kind of hard to forget, right? I mean, the name is one thing, but the beautiful art that accompanied the news—drawn by the insanely talented Frank Quietly—was something else altogether. The image of a milkman floating like Superman and holding a crisp glass of milk as rays of light brilliantly shine behind him was really all I needed to see. Even if it didn’t make any sense.
Over the near half a century that the Justice League (and its numerous incarnations) has existed, they’ve had a variety of places to call their home. Happy Harbor is both easy to remember due to the alliterative nature of the name and for being the very first place that the Justice League ever operated out of when they were through being the Justice Society—or more accurately, when the JSA became the superteam of Earth-2 at the dawn of the Silver Age of Comics.
There’s a pretty big debate about who the true leader of the Justice League is. It’s often a toss-up between who deserves this weighty position of leadership versus who may be best suited for the part. If we’re being even more honest with ourselves, it’s often an argument that comes down to Batman and Superman (anyone remember when Nightwing led the Justice League? That was pretty awesome!).
That was always the appeal.
All of them. Fighting. Together.
Do I love Superman? You bet.
And Batman? Even more.
And Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Red Tornado, Atom, and...and...and...
And more yes.
And now, here we are—on the day that I dreamed about all those decades ago: the new Justice League movie is about to open. It is not just the culmination of geek dreams. It also marks the start of them. At least for me.
So, you’ve just seen Justice League. You loved it and now find yourself craving more adventures featuring the iconic superteam, only you’re not sure where to start.
Welcome to May, my friends! Summer is right around the corner and movie blockbusters are going to start appearing everywhere.
Whether you are going to enjoy your summer on the beach or in your backyard, you’ll need a good book—a comic book to be specific. So let me reveal to you my suggestions for which DC graphic novels you should pick up at your local comic book shop in the month of May.
Bryan Hitch has long been known for his skill at rendering exciting super hero action at the largest scale. And now, having recently completed a dozen issues of JUSTICE LEAGUE and ten of the pre-Rebirth JLA, he’s shown that he’s just as adept at writing it as well. Of course, the fact that he’s been partnered with Tony S.
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone with even a passing knowledge of DC Comics who doesn’t feel at least a little familiar with the Justice League of America. They are, after all, one of the most iconic and widely recognized super hero teams of all time. Their similarly named ancestor, the Justice Society of America, however, does not share the same notoriety.
In fact, there’s a decent chance this season of #DCTV might be the first time that some of you have heard of the JSA at all.
Don’t worry. If that’s the case, you are far from alone.
The JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA is back—just when we need it most!