|seawolf10 (seawolf10) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-07-15 22:54:00
|Entry tags:||char: batman/bruce wayne, char: flash/kid flash/wally west, char: gamemnae, char: green lantern/kyle rayner, char: manitou raven, char: martian manhunter/j'onn j'onzz, char: plastic man/patrick o'brian, char: rama khan, char: superman/clark kent, char: tezumak, char: whaler, char: wonder woman/diana of themyscira, creator: doug mahnke, creator: joe kelly, group: justice league of america, title: jla|
Comics you really should read...
I'm in the process of dredging up a couple old recommendations of mine.
First on the list is JLA: The Obsidian Age. This was the crowning point of Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke's run on JLA, a few years before Infinite Crisis. A mega-arc so big it took two trades to complete, this story could have been even better than it was. A little more refinement, a little more thought during the writing process, and Kelly would have crafted a masterpiece.
*sigh* Ah, well. Even the flawed version that we got was tons of fun.
Time travel, sorcery, and a substitute JLA (consisting of Nightwing, Green Arrow, Major Disaster, the Atom, Hawkgirl, Jason Blood, Zatanna, and others) stepping in to deal with a present-day crisis while the 'regular' JLA was dealing with a threat in 1000 B.C...that period's version of a Justice League (hereafter dubbed as the "Ancient League"), based out of ancient Atlantis, and acting under the impression "our" JLA intended to destroy the world. I'm just going to post the beginning...
It starts off with Wally and Kyle cleaning up after a freak storm dropped tons of sea life on Daytona Beach. Unfortunately, the storm was a consequence of the process the Ancient League used to send two members forward in time...
Meet Tezumak, Mesoamerican warrior-priest.
We don't see any more of that fight, but we do get Wally's after-action report, informing us that Tezumak took down Wally and Kyle with poisoned darts. "The darts weren't so much fast as...perfectly timed. No matter how fast you moved, you'd get hit." Wally's superspeed metabolism worked the toxin off within a few, but Kyle was down for the count, and Tezumak took advantage of the made a strategic retreat...although he did lose a piece of his armor in the fight....
Blood sacrifice of children atop a rollercoaster -- not an approved Disneyland attraction.
The JLA rescues the kids...and then they're introduced to Manitou Raven, a massively powerful Apache shaman, and his storm of magical constructs...
Left that last page huge so everyone can appreciate the art.
Guess who comes riding to the rescue...
Flash yanked Wonder Woman out of the way in time, but I had to cut that page due to the rules.
Manitou and the rest of the Ancient League (except for Tezumak) in council. Second panel, left to right: Sela (African warrior-woman), Gamemnae (Atlantean sorcerer-queen), Rama Khan (manipulator of earth and fire), Angel (alien fallen to earth and raised by Hebrew priests), the Whaler (Inuit who's sailed all over the world and learned to hurl energy blasts somewhere along the way).
Yes, that Rama Khan is a predecessor of the one seen in "Golden Perfect": http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_
As a final teaser, the Ancient League makes ready for their battle with the JLA the next morning, and we finally get to hear the prophecy that motivated them. (Well, all of them except the traitor lurking at their heart...and no, I won't reveal who that is, so please don't ask. Read the story yourselves.)