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WHAT’S THE POINT? WHY SHOULD THEY NEED US AT ALL?


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Publ ished origin al ly in JL A DEL UXE Vol ume One


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o it’s quite an honor to be asked by Grant Morrison himself to be writing the intro for this TEEN TITANS Deluxe collection. You

know, what Grant did with the team – while simple – truly redefined them for years and made it DC’s leading team book. All it took was getting the originals back together. Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven— What... this is for the JLA?!? Oh, right, I have this confused with another. You know, the one where Grant Morison wrote the TEEN TITANS. Not familiar with the divergence? Ok, let me explain for you multi-reality-challenged folk. One upon a time in the ‘90s, Mr. Morrison heard that DC was looking to reboot the TEEN TITANS franchise. A new series with the teen team was planned, so Grant had sent off a very enthusiastic fax to the editor who would be in charge. Me. And who could turn down Grant Morrison? Me. In a parallel timeline, Grant went on to write the Titans, but here in the one you are currently following, DC had already committed to other creators for the book. Selflessly, and thinking of the greater good of DC – Ok, I really didn’t have a choice – I let my officemate at the time (and fellow associate editor) Rubén Díaz know what had occurred. You see, the decision had been made to restart the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA as well, and Rubén was looking for a creative team to do it. I showed him Grant’s fax, telling Ruben how passionate Grant was about immersing himself in the DC Universe and more, how he wanted to tackle the heroic ideal. It really was a no-brainer, to see Grant’s destiny was to take on the adventures of the World’s Greatest Heroes. Or so you’d think. It wasn’t that easy. At the time Grant was writing books that couldn’t quite be described as normal spandex fare. One was ANIMAL MAN, which had gone beyond the boundaries of any regular comic title – superhero or not. It addressed the nature of a character’s existence and in true Chuck Jones-ian “Duck Amuck” method, it exposed the creator for what he is. The other was DOOM PATROL, which in all fairness was a team book, but again, a little unorthodox. It featured a group of very disenfranchised heroes that included a multi-personality disorder with powers and an ape-faced girl with esteem issues, who fought such things


as scissor men and paintings that ate European cities. Both books were wonderfully ingenious, but a bit far away from battles involving the Royal Flush Gang. Was this Scottish scribe really the guy to let near such a DC mainstream title? (The Titans wouldn’t have been a problem – that team had dealt with the Mad Mod and Ding Ding Daddy.) Thankfully, the answer was yes, in part to Rubén’s maverick style of editing and to [then Editor in Chief] Mike Carlin’s openness to do something bold and new. Teamed with a relative newcomer at the time, artist Howard Porter, who at this point had only done DARKSTARS and THE RAY, Grant went on to create comics history. As originally noted, what Grant did with the team, while it appeared simple, really redefined them for years and made JLA DC’s leading team book. All it took was getting the original members – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter – back together. Obvious, yes – but it had the virtue of not having been tried in a very long time. Interestingly, there was a debate at the time if Batman – now more of a dark loner, firmly established as Earthbound – would fit into the cosmic milieu being planned for the book. Needless to say, the resolution of that concern was handled perfectly. The Dark Knight stayed true to form. Sure, he got some cooler gadgets, but he remained the Batman. Check out the fact that Bruce Wayne’s alter ego does not go into space and only appears on monitor screens in the Watchtower in those early adventures. Note also how big a role Kyle Rayner has – at the time this was a Green Lantern that the older fans, still pining for Hal Jordan. had not yet embraced. Despite this, Grant made the most of the young newcomer hero, taking him on a journey into a bigger universe. Here was a writer who wasn’t reinventing the wheel, but making sure all the tires were calibrated and balanced to give the reader the smoothest and fastest ride ever. So sit back and let the grandness – or is that “Grantness”? – of this wash over you, as the alien Hyperclan try to conquer the Earth and seven heroes fight valiantly against them. Tremble as Heaven and Earth go to war with Angels battling Earth’s super-hero deities. This has all the coolness of the best summer movie, but with more intelligence than found in your average screenplay, and without the annoyance of some idiot texting next to you as you try to watch. (Oh, and beyond the veil of infinite Earths, the Titans did OK too! C’mon, it’s Grant! But what happened to Starfire...)

Eddie Berganza DCU Group Editor New Earth


SECRET FILES

CHARACTER PROFILES, COVER GALLERY AND DESIGNS


JLA: NEW WORLD ORDER HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA: AMERICAN DREAMS HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA: ROCK OF AGES HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA: STRENGHT IN NUMBERS HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA: STRENGHT IN NUMBERS HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA: JUSTICE FOR ALL HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


JLA DELUXE BOOK TWO [SKETCHES] HOWARD PORTER

Penciller Howard Porter provided three different concepts for the second DELUXE collection. All three sketches were great, but since a “charging� type was used for the cover of the first volume, the decision was to go with the third image for something different.


JLA DELUXE, BOOK TWO HOWARD PORTER


WIZARD: JLA SPECIAL HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


PROMO PINUP JOHN DELANEY, HOWARD PORTER AND JOHN DELL III


ZAURIEL [character design] Grant Morrison

Writer Grant Morrison often sketches designs for new characters for artists to then follow. For JLA he provided the initial visual concepts for the winger hero Zauriel, as well as new villain Prometheus. For the Ultramarines storyline, he provided sketches for the Knight & Squire, even though they make a brief appearance in JLA #26. For the DC One Million crossover event he designed the 823 Century versions of the Justice League.


PROMETHEUS [character design] Grant Morrison


KNIGHT & SQUIRE [CHARACTER DESIGN] Grant Morrison


WHITE MARTIANS / THE KEY [CHARACTER DESIGN] HOWARD PORTER

WHITE MARTIANS These creatures have been hiding on Earth, waiting to show their faces to the unsuspecting planet. They come from the not-so-distant stars to consume the JLA.

THE KEY A madman who lay mentally despodent for years awakens with the means to destroy the League. His expertise in metascience makes him a force to be reckoned with.


DEVO / TOMORROW WOMAN [CHARACTER DESIGN] HOWARD PORTER

DEVO Not his real name, but at the time it seemed appropiate. Howard sent him in as a potential future villain.

TOMORROW WOMAN Debuting in JLA #5, she is the League’s first recruit, but her intentions are less than noble. A construct of T.O. Morrow and Profesor Ivo’s pooled genius, she’s at war with her dueling directives.


POWERGIRL AND FIRE / MIKE [CHARACTER DESIGN] HOWARD PORTER

POWERGIRL AND FIRE Proposed costume designs for two former Leaguers.

MIKE Howard got such a kick out of Total Justice that he sent in his own rendition of our friendly neighborhood parademon. Who knows, there might be an all-Mike issue of JLA coming your way. Sh’yeah, right!


JLA GALLERY

FRANK QUITELY


GALLE RY C H R I S C R O S S W/ A N Í B A L R O D R Í G U E Z DANIJEL ZEZELJ C H R I S B AT I S TA W/ C H I P WA L L A C E BARRY KITSON JASON PEARSON EDUARDO BARRETO J. H . W I L L I A M S I I I W/ M I C K G R AY CHUCK WOJTKIEWICZ D U S T Y A B E L L W/ D R E W G E R A C I CHRIS WESTON DOUG MAHNKE C U L LY H A M N E R C R A I G H A M I LT O N W/ R AY S N Y D E R ANDREW ROBINSON J AY S T E P H E N S S T U A R T I M M O N E N W/ J O H N D E L L I I I GENE HA M I K E M C KO N E W/ M A R K M C K E N N A T O N Y H A R R I S W/ WA D E V O N G R AW B A D G E R DON HILLSMAN II TED MCKEEVER G A R Y F R A N K W/ C A M S M I T H H O WA R D P O R T E R W/ K E N H . B R A N C H SIMON COLEBY PA U L P O P E STEVE PUGH RANDY DUBURKE D O U G A L E X A N D E R W/ A N D R E W R O B I N S O N T O M M Y L E E E D WA R D S J O H N D E L A N E Y W/ R O N B O Y D ERIC SHANOWER

C O V E R B Y F R A N K Q U I T E LY


TO CATCH THEM IF THEY FALL.

DCU BY GRANT MORRISON - BOOK 5  
DCU BY GRANT MORRISON - BOOK 5  
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