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Friday, March 21, 2008 

Another death in the DCU annouced, another problem with that

This article on Newsarama announces that there's going to be yet another Justice League title, but, there's a little problem:
Announced Saturday at WizardWorld: Los Angeles’ DC’s Countdown to Final Crisis panel, James Robinson’s second title at DC (his run as regular writer on Superman begins in June) will be the tentatively titled Justice League, a new series which will be true to its name.

“The book is about justice and seeking justice, rather than responding to emergencies, letting the problems come to them, and being almost entirely reactive,” DC Sr. VP and Executive Editor Dan DiDio said when asked about the new series. “The team is led by Green Lantern and Green Arrow who have in the past disagreed in points of view on what they can accomplish and what they, as heroes, should do, but when they work side by side, they have a very clear sense of goals. I think, with this group of heroes, you’ll see a more clearly defined mission statement for a team as put forth by these two. Plus, they’re motivated by an event in the DC Universe that makes them feel that they need to take a more active stance in regards to the need for heroes in the world today.”

That event? A murder. Unsurprisingly, neither DiDio not Robinson are saying who will be taking the upcoming dirt nap, only that it’s tied to Final Crisis, and that the League’s response causes a schism.
Oops, big mistake. There are plenty of ways to come up with a good justice-seeking story without making it yet another plot involving a murder. Unfortunately, that's what they're doing here, and it's beating a dead horse already. And by now, I just don't trust them enough to deliver anything tour de force, as long as someone like DiDio is in charge.

And when it's tied in with another superfluous crossover, you know that something could be wrong.
“Hal is outraged and wants to immediately go after the villain and get justice for the fallen hero,” Robinson said. “Given the circumstances, the rest of the group is pulling back and waiting to see where things land when all the chips fall, but Hal refuses to, and goes off half-cocked with a plan that’s none too well thought out. The only hero to go with him to help him is Green Arrow. So the team and the book will have that tone from their partnership – a little of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
I don't know who it is who's going to die, but already: I object. Pure and simple. And I wouldn't be surprised if this turns out to be nowhere near as thought-provoking as Denny O'Neil's run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow in the early 1970s.

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