I have to be honest with you, folks: As much as I like the Justice League of America, and as much as I love Silver Age DC Comics in general, I find those classic JLA stories from the early days to be pretty hard to get through. Maybe it's the function of having a larger cast to deal with, or maybe it's that the kind of big, world-threatening baddies that require a whole team of superheroes have a different kind of charm than the weirdness that you get from an issue of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, but even at their most ridiculously bizarre, they are not really my thing.
Having successfully reintroduced a number of their Golden Age superhero characters (Flash, Green Lantern, etc.) during the late 1950s, DC Comics asked writer to reintroduce the . Fox, influenced by the popularity of the National Football League and Major League Baseball, decided to change the name of the team from Justice to Justice . The Justice League of America debuted in #28 (1960), and quickly became one of the company's best-selling titles. Fox wrote virtually all of the League's adventures during the 1960s, and artist pencilled the first five years.
Alas, poor William Glenmorgan, whose tenure on the Justice League was marked by false starts and truncated endings. Originally slated to join the team as part of James Robinson's second Justice League monthly which ended up becoming the miniseries Glenmorgan became a full-fledged member of the team soon after Robinson took over the Justice League of America series, becoming oddly left in the background as other characters and plots took center stage he was almost entirely missing from the penultimate "Omega" storyline - with the series being cancelled to make way for The New 52 relaunch before he had his day in the sun.
With this first issue, Bryan Hitch proves he's no slouch as a writer in addition to being a talented visual storyteller. Justice League of America offers an immediately engaging storyline free from any worries about continuity or timelines. And despite some visual flaws, Hitch's detailed take on the DCU is enough to justify a purchase on its own. This isn't a perfect first issue by an means, but it's a solid start for this ambitious addition to DC's Justice League franchise.