Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Superman, Batman And Some Other Guys Edition


With the recent release of another “Justice League Of America #1”, featuring Catwoman, Hawkman, Vibe and other luminaries, debate has resumed at my comic shop about what constitutes a legitimate Justice League.  My friend and erstwhile boss Dusty maintains that the Avengers just aren’t the Avengers without Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, and the sentiment around Gatekeeper Hobbies (Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!  Ask us about whatever the hell it is that you’re into!) is that a League without DC’s iconic Trinity just isn’t a League at all.  For my part, I remember the dog days of the 1990s where several competing Leagues all bounced around, led by the likes of The Martian Manhunter, Captain Atom and Zeep, The Living Sponge, leading me to understand (if not fully share) the expectation that a big-name hero makes the whole thing seem more legitimate.  Of course, I also loved the Detroit-era League, where Aquaman tried to put together a JLA whose only focus was on being the JLA, scouting young heroes and trying to mold them into the Supermen and Wonder Women of tomorrow.  The Detroit League was a valiant attempt at a new kind of super-heroics, even if it didn’t work, and doesn’t deserve the heaping helpings of snark aimed at it in the new millennium…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is counted as one of the most powerful forces of nerd ever assembled, asking: What does a JLA title absolutely need to have for it to be a “Real” Justice League book for you?