I'm dying. Or at least it feels like I am. I woke up Sunday feeling under the weather. Monday was bad enough that I told work I wasn't coming in Tuesday. It's now Friday and I still haven't gone back to work. I think I'm on the verge of kicking this finally. But as I've sat home sick, I've been reading. Because there hasn't been anything else I've felt up to doing. The first thing I grabbed was this beauty. 850 pages (give or take) of Bronze Age JLA goodness.
This volume picks up roughly where the Archive books ended, so I'm happy for the continuity of the reprints. Black Canary has just left Earth 2 and joined the JLA. It's been fun watching her in these comics most of all. She developed a superpower but is having no luck controlling it. In a couple issues she practices her canary cry, but with no luck. Later on, her canary cry gives her psychic powers (which were quickly forgotten about). Most of the use of her actual canary cry takes place in the Green Lantern book. In this run of JLA, with the exception of her botched attempts at it, she uses it only once in a blink-and-you-miss it scene.
Otherwise, this was a joy to read. The book has two running themes, I've noticed. The front half of the book has a ton of stories about the ecology, the environment, civil rights, that sort of stuff. The second half, however, is all about pure super-heroic action. I guess I never realized how much I loved Len Wein's contribution to the series until I reread these stories.
I have nothing bad to say about this book. Nothing. It's a pure joy, plain and simple. So much Dick Dillin beauty, too.
Justice League Of America: The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol 1
Writer: Denny O'Neil, Mike Friedrich, Len Wein, Robert Kanigher, Gardner Fox
Artist: Dick Dillin, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Ross Andru, Nick Cardy, Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane, Mike Sekowsky, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Bernard Sachs