Monday, May 26, 2008

Supergirl in James Robinson's Justice League

DC has announced that a second Justice League will be coming out (most likely in the fall) written by Starman writer James Robinson and drawn by Trials of Shazam artist Mauro Cascioli.

I have to be honest, I have almost nothing in my collection written by Robinson, although I have heard nothing but great things about him. The one book I have by him is a 3 part Batman:Legend of the Dark Knight story called Blades, drawn by Tim Sale.

Starman has been highly recommended to me and recently got the omnibus treatment by DC, so it must be good.

This league sounds like a more pro-active team than the 'Big 3' lead JLA. The roster includes Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Green Arrow, Batwoman, Atom, Shazam, Congorilla, Starman, and (of course) Supergirl. It is an interesting roster. GL and GA are the grizzled vets, but both have had a renaissance of late, becoming more relevant in the DCU. Batwoman, Atom, and Shazam are all new-comers wearing the mantle of established predecessors. Supergirl is trying to find her way in the DCU. I think these newcomers will be pushed by the GL/GA team, learning on the fly. And after all the publicity, it makes sense for DC to do *something* with Batwoman. And anytime a great writer is assigned to Kara, I get intrigued.

Hopefully this will be a longer stay in the JLA for Kara than this 2 issue crossover mess. Nice cover by Daniel Acuna though.

And hopefully, the creative team will use Kara better than her recent brief stay in Teen Titans, which was frankly awful (from a Supergirl standpoint).

In reading about this title on Comic Book Resources, it sounds like Robinson plans on making Kara a key player in the league. He has said he hopes to have 'grow up' in the title. Most importantly, Robinson states that he and Geoff Johns want the primary Supergirl title to be one of a 'trinity' of super-titles, as important as Action or Superman. That is the most promising sound-bite for me.

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