Review: Justice League of America Archives, Vol. 9

Justice League of America Archives, Vol. 9
Justice League of America Archives, Vol. 9 by Dennis O’Neil
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Volume 9 in the Justice League of America Archives holds a special place in my heart, simply because it opens with the very first comic book story I ever read as a kid, and contains a two-parter featuring my favorite super-hero, the original Vigilante.

This volume was the beginning of the more radicalized sixties stories in the series, as Denny O’Neil took over the scripting, and Dick Dillin started his epic run as the penciller on the title. The stories are nothing to write home about, but they are a bit important to the JLA mythos, as Black Canary joins the team, Snapper Carr betrays them, and the JLA moves to their satellite headquarters for the first time. The Black Canary move is part of the JLA-JSA team-up in which her husband dies.

It’s a nice book if you like sixties super-heroes, but don’t expect Marvel quality dialogue quite yet; it took awhile for DC to get believably angst-ridden in their stories.

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