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Booksplode #30 – JLA: New World Order (DC Essential Edition)

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Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick take a look at…

JLA: New World Order (DC Essential Edition) by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, Oscar Jimenez, John Dell, Ken Branch, Chip Wallace, Hanibal Rodriguez, Pat Garrahy, John Kalisz, & Ken Lopez!

What’s a Booksplode? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show.

Running Time: 00:41:45

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  1. Really excited to listen to this one. These are some of my favourite superhero stories ever (though it stops just before Rock of Ages, I believe, which was the highpoint of the run) and a real game changer for superhero comics. Plus, while Porter wasn’t as good then as he is now, it’s one of the few comics to feature the amazing Oscar Jimenez, who is best known for his work on the Flash with Mark Waid. This whole thing is worth it just for issue #5 (the Tomorrow Woman story), in fact.

    • As expected, a great show. One thing that Morrison does better than anyone else and is arguably the reason why so few team books live up to JLA is that he can perfectly encapsulate these characters with just a stray line of dialogue or a couple of panels of action. Most team books that do justice to the various team members are properly character-driven books like JLI, where the action is always secondary but JLA is almost entirely plot and action-driven but it still manages to give you a great feel for the characters as well. Most action-oriented team books try to replicate what JLA did but they either forget the amazing character moments or they’re written by people who, frankly, just aren’t on the level of a Grant Morrison.

      Anyway, like I say, great show. You really made me want to go back and reread these comics for like the fifty billionth time.

  2. 90s dc is way underrated. Waid’s Flash, Marz’s Green Lantern, David’s Aquaman, Morrison’s Justice League and Dixon on Nightwing. These books were wonderful. Hey did ya’ll know Peter Tomasi was the Justice League editor? You two should also read a Justice League mid summers nightmare.

    • Agreed. DC was in great form in the ’90s overall. There were some stinkers but the ’90s trends didn’t affect them like it affected Marvel and Image. To your list, I could also add the triangle-era Superman, Robinson’s Starman, PAD’s Young Justice and Supergirl, Ennis’ Hitman, Dixon’s Batverse, No Man’s Land, Waid’s Impulse, Kesel’s Superboy, the end of Giffen/ Dematteis’ JLI, and, of yeah, a little something called Vertigo!

  3. Morrison had very particular ideas that he was exploring in most of his books and he finally got over it when he finished The Invisibles. While I enjoyed all Morrison’s work in the era (Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Flex and the Invisibles in particular are all fantastic) I feel like this run was where I finally appreciated just how strong a comic writer he was really. He gave one of the most incredible JLA runs while still playing by all the rules. I feel like if you didn’t know this was Morrison you’d not guess it was him right away. Not all creators can switch their voice like that and still deliver so strong.

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