This book was a real mixed bag for me. It's the final volume in this era of JLA. I believe it leads right into Infinite Crisis and then into the Brad Metzler run of JLA.
We have three big stories here. And I see each of them differently. One I loved. One I hated. One I liked. The book starts off with the end of Kurt Busiek's run. I love Busiek. I think he's a fantastic writer. His run of Avengers was my favorite run of the book. Astro City is a book that is amazing to me. But for some reason, Busiek and the DCU just don't gel together for me. At all. I don't know why. The characters don't seem right to me. The stories just don't grab my attention. And this book starts off with a big story. Nine or ten parts, I think. It's massive. And, for me, really hard to get through. I did not enjoy it then. I didn't enjoy it now.
The next story was my favorite. It's a six part arc that sort of served as a sequel to Identity Crisis. It was the beginning of the end of this era of JLA. The team was falling apart. Hard. The Secret Society was going after the JLA and their loved ones. Mind wipes were discussed. It was a big mess for the team. And although there was one more story arc, for all intents and purposes, the JLA was done.
The last story features the team pretty much packing it in, but before they can officially close this chapter, The Key strikes.
Despite my feeling towards the Busiek story, this is a really good collection of JLA tales from the early 2000s.
JLA Vol 9
Writer: Kurt Busiek, Bob Harras, Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns
Artist: Chris Batista, Tom Derenick, Ron Garney, Mark Farmer, Dan Green