The Justice League is DC’s most important superteam. Made up of the publisher’s greatest heroes, the League has defended the DC Multiverse from every threat imaginable. Some of the publisher’s biggest stories have featured the team, and the success of their debut is what prompted Marvel to get back into the superhero game, putting the Justice League in charge of the Marvel Universe.

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The Justice League looms large in DC comics and history, which is why it’s so odd that DC has treated them so poorly over the years. The publisher apparently went out of its way to hurt the team, which tainted its legacy.

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ten The success of Justice League International has led DC in the wrong direction

The Justice League International is one of the most beloved incarnations of the League. Writers JM DeMatteis and Keith Giffen, along with artist Kevin Maguire, created a new kind of Justice League, which featured lesser-known DC characters and amped up the humor. It was a huge hit, but DC missed the boat as to why.

Instead of thinking it had to do with the creators involved, they decided to keep the League as a bunch of B and C-listers, with an A-lister like Superman or Wonder Woman. This led to diminishing returns for Justice League and nearly killed the franchise in the 90s.

9 DC almost always tracks landmarks with forgettables

Over the past forty years of Justice League comics, DC has erred with the team like clockwork. In those decades there have been some incredible journeys, but what came after is often dull or overshadowed by what came before. The only time it wasn’t true was on JLA, when Grant Morrison was followed by Mark Waid, who was followed by Joe Kelly.

However, looking back to the JLI years, once DeMatteis and Giffen left, a succession of lackluster teams took over. This has happened many times. Sometimes, even when they get a great following, like when Brad Meltzer was followed by Dwayne McDuffie, DC sabotaged the run.

8 DC rarely makes the Justice League the center of its line

When writer Scott Snyder revived Justice League in 2018, the book became the main axis of the entire line, relying on plots arranged in Dark Knights: Metal and led into Death Metal. It seems like a safe assumption that the book featuring all of DC’s biggest heroes would be the biggest book around, but that’s often not the case.

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For most of the 2000s and 2010s, Marvel made the Avengers, their Justice League equivalent, the main focus of everything, but DC only did it twice: with the New 52, ​​which didn’t work. not really very well, and Snyder’s race. It’s a weird choice.

seven Batman ruined the Justice League so much

Batman is the five hundred pound gorilla in any DC room. He dominates the conversation, especially because he is the most published character. He’s also been an integral part of the Justice League, which has often come at the expense of the team in recent years. There are several reasons for this.

For starters, Batman’s status as “Bat-God”, the hero who can beat anyone because of prep time, makes it seem like he barely needs the Justice League. Then his one-man DC Illuminati status caused him to actively harm the League and its mission. Finally, writers often want to write about him more than any other character, which defeats the purpose of the League.

6 Identity crisis was supposed to make the league more mature, but it backfired dramatically

identity crisis, by writer Brad Meltzer and artist Rags Morales, went on to become one of DC’s most hated comics, even though it received very good initial reception. The story focused on the murder of Sue Dibny and revealed that after she was sexually assaulted by Dr. Light, members of the League wiped him down, then did the same to Batman when he confronted them. caught doing it.

The idea of ​​villains wiping the League’s spirit was pretty good, but the rape and murder of a beloved female character poisoned the well for many readers. Identity crisis is tied to the League and his legacy has hurt the team.

5 New characters rarely stand a chance in the Justice League

With the re-establishment of the Big Seven League, Justice League icons have been fully effective over the past few decades. It’s been good in some ways because it shows DC’s greatest heroes together, and bad in others because it doesn’t allow the team to create new stars like before.

While some modern series fare better than others, with the Morrison, Kelly, Meltzer, and McDuffie series incorporating Leaguers for the first time, the Justice League books have fallen back on classic members, heroes who have previously been in the League, or legacy characters.

4 The Detroit League was a mystifying choice

Re-reading old comics can be eye-opening in the worst possible way. This goes for Justice League as much as any other comic. Nowhere is this more apparent than the infamous Justice League Detroit, so named because the team relocated from the destroyed Justice League satellite in Detroit.

Consisting of Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, Elongated Man, Vibe, Vixen, Gypsy, and Steel, it’s the best argument against using the League to introduce new characters. However, the problem wasn’t the new characters; it was the relative weakness of the team. It’s one of the worst eras in the League for good reason.

3 Revival-era league shunned traditional league villains and turned off fans

DC’s Rebirth era represented a return to greatness for much of the publisher’s line after the New 52’s many missteps. Many books took a back-to-basics approach and fan reception was high, but Rebirth was not perfect. A good example of this was Justice League, which was written by Bryan Hitch with several artists during its run.

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It’s not a terrible run, but it avoided everything that made Rebirth so great. Instead of going back to basics, Hitch pitted the team against all new threats, ones that were pretty much just aliens and things of that nature, which didn’t really appeal to fans. While the rest of DC took a more traditional approach, Justice League did something that most fans weren’t into.

2 The New 52 Justice League Disappointed

The New 52 started quite well but didn’t hold up. Its retcons are considered some of the worst ever, and the way DC refused to reveal what of the past was canon 90% of the time hurt down the line. Justice League was the landmark book, written by Geoff Johns alongside artists like Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, Jason Fabok, and more.

However, it fizzled out pretty quickly when it came to sales and fan esteem. In this way, Justice League was endemic to the New 52 in general, but that was doubly disappointing with the book, which felt like an A-list all around. The editor made a lot of mistakes during the New 52 but Justice League and his fall was one of the most cruel.

The 90s were a tumultuous time for the comic book industry. DC was able to avoid most of the worst moments, but that doesn’t mean they emerged from the decade unscathed. extreme justice was DC’s attempt to play into the trends of the decade, and the results were just as disastrous as expected. The book combined tepid plotting with under-Liefeld art and was the low point for the team.

Sales weren’t good for Justice League books in the 90s and extreme justice was a buoy attempt. It was a terrible overcorrect, however, that did more damage than help and is something all fans wish they could forget.

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