JLA Vol. 13: Rules Of Engagement

April 13, 2004 | Trades


JLA Vol 13: Rules Of Engagement
Joe Kelly, Rick Veitch, Darryl Banks, Wayne Faucher, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Duncan Rouleau, Aaron Sowd
DC Comics
$19.95/$12.95 US (Paperback)
** ½ (out of five)

DC Comics did a very smart thing to the JLA eight years ago: they put together the dream team.
The JLA, or Justice League of America for those not in the know, brought together all the classic DC heroes: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter.
But just as they have over the 44 years since the team’s inception, circumstances forced the company to change the members of the team around. Aquaman died. Then he came back, but didn’t want to be on the team right now. Green Lantern went for a long trip into outer space, so a new GL took his place. The Atom came back off sabbatical. And the team added some new members: Major Disaster, a reformed criminal; the Apache shaman, Manitou Raven; and the mysterious, Faith.
Rules Of Engagement tells three brief stories that are more about getting to know these new members and than, with all due respect to writer Joe Kelly, telling a great story. The two-part Rules Of Engagement story is another static “look at us heroes doing heroic things” piece, while the three-issue White Rage arc had some more interesting plot twists but comes off a tad convoluted.
The JLA is still one of the best teams around, but there have been much better JLA collections than this one.

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