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JLA Classified #4

February 15, 2005

Quick Rating: Great – But Bittersweet
Title: Withheld for spoiler reasons (I Can’t Believe It’s Not the Justice League Part One)

The Superbuddies are back!

Writers: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Pencils: Kevin Maguire
Inks: Joe Rubinstein
Colors: David Baron
Letters: Bob Lappan
Editor: Steve Wacker & Mike Carlin
Cover Art: Kevin Maguire
Publisher: DC Comics

For all you people who decided to drop this title after Grant Morrison’s three issues were up, you’ve made a terrible mistake. The old Justice League team is back together again, and this issue kicks off another six issues of hilarity. This book begins the sequel to last year’s wildly popular Formerly Known as the Justice League miniseries, and it’s happening not a moment too soon.

This issue mainly catches us up on what our “heroes” have been up to since the miniseries ended: Fire and Mary Marvel have decided to become roommates. Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are both trying out some costume modifications. L-Ron is still insufferable, and Sue Dibney is investigating the Superbuddies’ new neighbor… who looks awfully familiar.

It is the inclusion of Sue that gives this book sort of a bittersweet tang. There’s a brief allusion in the first page to this story taking place in the past, and clearly, the thing is set before the devastating events of Identity Crisis. Reading a story with Sue and Ralph, particularly one with a comedy/plot point such as the one picked by Giffen and Maguire for the two of them, dredges up some of the pain that still lingers from that series. Reading this comic, as a result, is like getting a letter from a loved one who has died. You sit there, reading their words, chuckling at the intent but at the same time slightly anguished because the person who wrote the letter has no idea what’s about to happen to them. You’d think it would be easier to get over that, but perhaps because Identity Crisis is such a recent story, it’s surprisingly difficult.

That’s not to say it ruins the book, though, far from it. The writers are still on the top of their game, the book is hysterical, the artwork is spot-on perfect, and the last page includes a cameo that I know a lot of readers have been waiting for. If you loved the 80s comedic Justice League, if you loved Formerly Known as the Justice League, you will love this book.

Rating: 9/10

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