JLA #78

Writer: Joe Kelly Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 26, 2003 Critic Reviews: 2
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Writer Joe Kelly returns for the start of a brand-new story arc: "Rules of Engagement!" The Justice League intercepts a malevolent alien signal that threatens a nearby planetary system. Now the JLA must make the gut-wrenching decision: to maintain neutrality in a galactic conflict or to interfere in foreign politics by conducting a preemptive strike of its own!

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Mar 7, 2003

    I'm likely in the minority but I rather like it when the JLA includes some second stringers in its lineup, and with Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman & the Flash still serving as active members, I can't see why most fans would make too big a fuss, as Green Lantern is the only real big gun who has been left off the team, and his place has been neatly filled by John Stewart. Plus the addition of the Atom & Firestorm is a welcome move, and Major Disaster is an interesting choice. As for the newcomers Faith & Manitou, the latter adds a much needed magic user to the group, while the former already looks to have brought a nice subplot to the table as the military calls the JLA demanding her return. I also like the idea that this new lineup is allow to debate a course of action, and that this discussion results in a divided team. The last page also features the unexpected return of an old JLA villain. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Feb 27, 2003

    Joe Kellys JLA has been hit or miss, although readers are not always in agreement as to which issues succeed and which fail. This issue, to venture an opinion, is a disaster, about as far from the target of a strong Justice League adventure as one could get. Uninspired concept, wasted potential, and missed opportunities for character development render this issue utterly forgettable. The theme of the issue echoes Supermans truth, justice, and the American way, but for many readers will come across as been there, done that. Repeatedly. Read Full Review

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