ComicBase Writer Thomas Moudry tackles the new JL Elite and delves into the Superman: The Man of Steel compilation with this week's communicae from Mou on the Verge.
In the introduction to the first volume of this trade paperback series that collects the adventures of the Justice League Elite, writer Joe Kelly tells us that Action Comics no. 775’s “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?” was his “love letter to super-heroes” and “an argument for idealism and fantasy.”It introduced The Elite, a team of tough-talking, ultra-violent, super-cool super-heroes who challenged Superman’s effectiveness in the 21st century; the story became a fan-favorite and eventually led to the launch of a new, edgier Justice League franchise title, which found the team more closely associated with the Justice League of America, but pursuing a more proactive agenda.
While the mainstream JLA responds to the more overt, even cosmic, threats, the Elite team works undercover and takes down the more subversive threats—like a gathering of assassins who are planning to hit a major political target.
Something of a Black Ops team, they take the fight directly to the enemy and sometimes ally themselves with the darker elements of the DC Universe to achieve their ends. Do they feel good about themselves when they lie down and close their eyes? Not necessarily, but that’s part of the intrigue.
Superman: The Man of Steel (Compilations)
In 1986, writer-artist John Byrne (Blood of the Demon) gave DC’s flagship character a makeover with the six-issue limited series The Man of Steel, which retold and streamlined Superman’s somewhat cumbersome history and established a new status quo. After that, DC re-launched the ongoing Superman title with a new no. 1, re-dubbed the original series The Adventures of Superman with no. 424, and turned Action Comics into a Superman team-up title.
This trade paperback series collects the adventures of the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Man of Steel in chronological order, allowing the Smallville generation to discover the stories that gave us a sterile, cold Krypton; resurrected the Kents, Superman’s adoptive parents; and made Lois Lane even sassier and more capable than ever before. The tales are modern-day comic book classics that deserve this special treatment.
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