A Year of Cool Comics - Day 221

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the comics posted so far!

Today we look at the opening story arc in JLA Classified, by Grant Morrison and Ed McGuinness...


So, the story opens with the Ultra-Marines fighting with Gorilla Grodd then being taken over by the villain, Neh-Buh-Loh and his mind-controlling army of sheeda.

The only member of the team left is the youngest member of the team, Squire (the sidekick to the British version of the Batman, the Knight).

Things were not looking good for her, so she calls the only person she knows can help - Batman!

He comes to help...

I won't spoil what Batman is doing (it involves robots, though). Damn, McGuinness really killed the heck out of that sequence, didn't he? The sequencing, the framing, it was stunning.

Okay, so Batman has to deal with Gorilla Grodd while the JLA is in the world of Neh-Buh-Loh and return in issue #3 to mix it up with the Ultra-Marines, who are controlled by the bad guys (this is all a lead-in to Morrison's Seven Soldiers storyline).

Morrison gives the JLA some pretty impressive moments, particularly Aquaman...

and Martian MAnhunter...

Perhaps the most famous part of the story, though, is when Morrison gets a little meta with Superman and the Ultra-Marines...

What an awesome speech.

This was a great opener to what turned out to be a pretty darn good comic book series (great while it lasted!).

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