This week readers of certain comics get a preview of the upcoming Justice League: A Cry For Justice series, in which Hal (Green Lantern) Jordan forms his own splinter group of the Justice League. For those of you who don’t already know this, Hal has been a Justice League leader before. His team was the JLE (Justice League Europe), consisting of Ralph and Sue Dibny, Wally West, Power Girl, Tasmanian Devil, Kimiyo Hoshi, and others. Quite frankly, the team was a disaster, with Hal’s leadership ending abruptly when he became Parallax. So, I’m a bit worried about how this new Justice League team is going to work out.
(My friend George refers to the JLE as Excalibur Lite – though I would argue that Nightcrawler was a much better leader of Excalibur than Hal Jordan was of the JLE.)
The preview begins thus: Hal and other Justice League members and former members are meeting in the satellite. Hal says:
(Now, why does that remind me of an old Twisted Sister song?)
Hal then starts talking about all the heroes who have died recently: Martian Manhunter, Batman, etc., etc. This gives Superman a golden opportunity to play the “Implied Dumbass” reply card for once in his life:
Hal then asks, what now? Superman replies that they start again, and do the right thing, blah, blah, blah: “I mean – isn’t that what we do?”
Hal looks around a bit, thinks about what happened to Bats, and THEN replies ...
Hal then goes on and on about how being “good” isn’t scaring the bad guys, that the bad guys are getting worse, that he’s tired of them picking off heroes one by one, that the Justice League doesn’t really stand for “justice” anymore, etc., etc., etc. Hal wants to track down the bad guys who keep doing horrible things to them, and bring them to justice, pure and simple.
(Hmmmm … JUSTICE, Hal? Or VENGEANCE?)
Now, it’s a good thing Batman isn’t around, because he would no doubt be going off on Hal and accusing him of acting like Parallax again. As it is, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the others are acting ALL surprised – except for Ollie, who just keeps saying “Oh, boy” to Hal’s comments. When Dinah tells Ollie to quit saying “Oh, boy,” Ollie replies with:
Oh, yeah, like Dinah doesn’t also know that about Hal. In fact, in some ways, Dinah probably understands Hal better than Ollie does. Still ...
NOW we have the setup for WHY Hal (with Ollie) forms a new Justice League team. I’m not sure I completely buy Hal’s reasoning – but, then, not many people do, do they? Oh, but we already know that Hal will succeed in convincing some heroes to join his side – including Supergirl, who probably can’t help herself because ... well ...
This Justice League series is gonna be REAL interesting.