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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Splash Page Saturday: JLA #31

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The 1990s Grant Morrison/Howard Porter run of JLA doesn't really get much attention here on the Shrine, and that's entirely by accident: I enjoyed it thoroughly when it first came out. After years of neglect and third-string members, DC brought what should be their flagship title back to prominence by handing it over to a top flight creative team and bringing back the marquee characters.

One of the things I liked the most about this era of JLA was how much Aquaman got to do: Morrison, like Gardner Fox before him, (almost) always found time to give the Sea King a really special moment or two where he got to be cool, kick ass, and re-establish how much he belongs among these other legends.

This splash page, by JLA regulars Howard Porter and John Dell, is one of my favorites, because it's big and bold, dropping you into the middle of the action while a million things are happening at once. And there's Aquaman, front and center, delivering a sold punch to the gut of yet another would-be world conqueror! (Plus I'm a sucker for those little "Roll Call" head shots)

1 comment:

Earth 2 Chris said...

I was a huge fan of this JLA. Morrison's big ideas actually worked out really well here. I feel he is better suited for this type of title, as opposed to Batman.

Morrison didn't neglect any of the Big 7 in his run. Great moments in there for everyone.