The end of DCU as we know it continues as the final issue of the Justice League of America shows the team splitting up.
Justice League of America #60
As we hear their excuses, there are splash pages of fights we never saw. I presume that, as was the case with the final Batgirl issue, these were stories the writer had planned that were never seen because of the reboot. These included: a Saturn/Thanagar war, the Battle for Gemworld (I can hear the anguished cries of the various long suffering Amythest fans now), and the JLA vs about every robot on Earth.
For those who are curious, the League’s reasons for leaving were:
Supergirl wants some personal time to sort out who she is
Donna doesn’t feel like it anymore
Jesse is pregnant (most legit one of the bunch)
Dick is going to be back to being Nightwing to help Batman with Batman, Inc
Jade wants personal time (see a theme developing?)
Congorilla is going back to Africa to help choose a new Freedom Beast and defend the continent
Starman is going back to Opal because his arm hurts (seriously)
The last pages are Dick and Donna, being the last two to leave, wondering if the world will remember this version of the League. Donna wants the world to forget her so she can try have a life. Both those bits seem like the writer talking, reminding us again that this WAS the League. Really. The Donna bit seems like a nod to the fact that Donna is one of the missing in the DC-nU, to many fans’ dismay, my own included. We have been told that Donna and Wally aren’t going to be around because they are too similar to Diana and Barry. To me, this seems to sum up the new DC very well: a lack of imagination. We can’t have Wally, but Bart is still running around. As an aside, Bart is supposed to be Barry’s grandson, but since the DC-nU seems to be anti-marriage, and Barry and Iris have never been married in the Great Rewind, how is there still a Bart?
I’m not one to take up causes, or see the world through the prism of “everything is discrimination” but look at the excuses above. All the females left the team for personal reasons. All the males, barring Starman, are going to keep being heroes. Does that seem a bit odd to anyone else? Just another bit I didn’t like about this version of the League. James Robinson has been a great writer in the past, but I really feel he’s lost something of late, and his Cry for Justice and this JLA seem to reinforce that.
This was a mediocre issue of an odd series that I won’t miss. Of course, the new JLA with it’s history changing and random oddities doesn’t really excite me either. They’ve leapt to stereotypes already- the cover for Justice League 2 features a Superman/Batman fight. Gee, that’s never happened before. Behold the “new” DC.
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|at least there was something of a reason for the team ending, even if flimsy||”lame|