…is trotting out the JLA: Earth-2 version of The Crime Syndicate to fight the JLA yet again, because Grant Morrison seemingly said all there was to say about the evil opposite Justice League in the original graphic novel and because it indicates that new-ish Justice League of America writer James Robinson didn’t really have anything new to do with the team other than have them fight the same old villains over and over again.
But as Ethan Van Sciver’s cover for the upcoming JLoA #50 indicates (you can see the whole thing at The Source), by the time the Crime Syndicate shows up to fight again, the League will still consist of a handful of legacy characters…with Jesse Quick and Jade apparently filling the Flash and Green Lantern slots in the League.
So instead of the Justice League vs. their evil opposites story, this could be the Justice League’s evil opposites vs. generally weaker, less-experienced characters with similar powers, so I guess that could qualify as a new twist. For example, Superman vs. Ultraman may be a ho-hum match-up at this point, but a Supergirl vs. Ultraman match-up at least has a smidgen of suspense about its outcome.
Now, why is Jesse Quick there instead of Wally West, who doesn’t seem to have much going on these days, and why is Jade there instead of one of the other four Green Lanterns who used to be on the JLA…? Other than the fact that it would potentially make the story more interesting, of course.
This concludes Caleb’s most fannish post of the week.