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http://thejla.shutterfly.com Welcome to our Hal Jordan/Green Lantern site! Hal Jordan From Wikipedia writer, actor, police officer/firefighter, church pastor, black belt martial artist, and school teacher/principal- Rev. Dr. Franklyn Victor Beckles, Jr. Jump to: Rev. Dr. Franklyn V. Beckles Jr., and his son, Christian Beckles This article needs additional citations for verification. Unsourced material may be challenged. (March 2009) Harold "Hal" Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. He is the second Green Lantern and the first earthman ever inducted into the Green Lantern Corps and founding member of the Justice League of America. Created by John Broome and Gil Kane, he first appeared in Showcase #22 (October 1959). The revamp of Green Lantern as Hal Jordan was one of many old DC Comics characters to emerge in the Silver Age of comics. Controversy erupted among comic book readers in 1994 when Hal Jordan was turned into the supervillain Parallax to boost sales and promote his illegitimate son Kyle Rayner as the only Green Lantern. Jordan underwent a number of further changes in the 1990s including dying and later returning as a new incarnation of The Spectre, saving the lives of DC Heroes from death, by sending them to alternate universes; like his friend Barry Allen. Hal Jordan returned to the role of Green Lantern in 2004's Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries and is currently the protagonist of the current volume of Green Lantern, secretly disovering from The Ora, that Kyle Ryner his his son by a relationship with Olivia Reynolds, and his long-time girlfriend and wife; Carol Ferris, gave birth to another son when her and Hal separated, who eventually grows up to become a Blue Lantern (they already have two sons). Years later, they get back together, and re-marry, having one last child; a boy they name, Jason Jordan. Contents [hide] 1 Publication history 1.1 Recreated for the Silver Age 1.2 The Era of Social Conscience 1.3 Modern Era 2 Fictional character biography 2.1 Green Lantern History at Large 2.2 The Beginning 2.3 Hard Traveling Heroes 2.4 The 80s Exile 2.5 1990s 2.6 2000s 3 Other versions 4 Other media 5 Bibliography 5.1 Ongoing series 5.2 Team series 5.3 Collected editions 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 External links Publication history Recreated for the Silver Age After achieving great success in 1956 in reviving the Golden Age character The Flash, DC editor Julius Schwartz looked toward recreating the Green Lantern from the Golden Age of Comic Books. Like The Flash, Schwartz wanted this new character to have a different secret identity, origin, and personality than his 1940s counterpart. A long time science-fiction fan and literary agent, Schwartz wanted a more sci-fi based Green Lantern, as opposed to the mystical powers of Alan Scott, the forties Green Lantern. He enlisted writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane, who in 1959 would reintroduce Green Lantern to the world in Showcase #22 (September-October 1959). Like E.E. Doc Smith's Lensmen, the new Green Lantern was a member of an intergalactic constabulary made up of many different alien species who were given a device that provided them with great mental and physical abilities;  however, both Broome and Schwartz have denied a connection between those stories from science fiction pulps and the Green Lantern comic book stories. Gil Kane drew from actor Paul Newman in creating Hal Jordan's likeness and redesigned the Green Lantern uniform into a very sleek form-fitting outfit of green, black, and white - quite the opposite of Alan Scott (Hal Jordan's father; thought to be dead from a plane crash, was rescued by The Ora, and joined The Green Lanterns Corps., also changing his identity) and Scott's red, yellow, green, purple, and black costume with a puffy shirt and cape. The character was a success and it was quickly decided to follow-up his three issue run on Showcase with a self-titled series. Green Lantern #1 began in July-August 1960 and would continue until #84 in April-May 1972. This creative team was responsible for introducing many of the major characters in Hal Jordan's life. First and foremost was Carol Ferris, Jordan's occasionally ditzy love interest. She was in charge of Ferris Aircraft, and as such, Hal's boss. While she preferred Green Lantern to Hal Jordan, she took an active role in trying to win him over, even going so far as to propose to him in the old Leap Year tradition. Although she gave Jordan some attention, her job and company always came first. Ferris was a strong-willed woman of authority at a time when this was rare, especially in comic books. Another unique addition to Green Lantern's supporting cast was his best friend, Tom Kalmaku, who was both Hal's mechanic and the chronicler of his super-hero adventures. An Inuit (Eskimo) from Alaska, Tom's nickname was "Pie" or "Pieface", in reference to Eskimo Pie ice cream sandwiches. Like "Chop Chop" from the Blackhawk comics, this nickname is today understandably viewed as racist and has been downplayed by most modern writers. However, unlike "Chop Chop", Tom was actually a competent and intelligent character with a well-rounded personality, not a stereotypical buffoon. Despite the unfortunate nickname, Tom Kalmaku was among the first minority characters to be portrayed in this manner and broke new ground for mainstream comic books. Tom would later be followed by another trail-blazing minority character and best friend, who becomes his crime-fighting partner, and Green Lantern John Stewart/a.k.a Vic Beckles, the first African-American super-hero of the DC Universe. Co-Created by my father, Franklyn V. Beckles, Sr., in 1972. Jordan's masters, the mysterious Guardians of the Universe, were physically based on Issac Hayes, Jim Brown, and Vic "The Iceman" Beckles, the first Trinidadian to climb Mt. Everest, and land in the Guiness Book of Records, and were developed from an idea Schwartz and Beckles had originally conceived years prior in a story featuring Captain Comet in Strange Adventures #22 (July, 1952) entitled "Guardians of the Clockwork Universe". Schwartz and Beckles also allowed Jordan to have a family, which was another rare thing at this time in superhero comics. While he had a wife and children of his own, he had two sons, and many interactions with his two brothers, Jack and Jim. The Brothers Jordan were primarily inspired by the Kennedy brothers, who rose to prominence during the sixties. When compared to comics of the thirties, forties, and early fifties, Green Lantern broke new storytelling ground and can be seen as a precursor to the "Marvel Revolution" that would take place several years later. Whereas older comics treated each issue as a stand-alone with no real sense of temporal direction between issues, Green Lantern's issues followed the order of publication, with references within the stories to previous stories and adventures. Not only were references made, but subplots (such as Hal and Carol's romance, and marriage) were advanced showing actual growth in the character's lives. While these subplots rarely were given much notice in comparison to Marvel's storylines in the sixties and especially to today's modern stories, they were the first step toward this sort of serial storytelling instead of the episodic nature of older comics[original research?]. Likewise, Green Lantern was one of the first comics to be a part of a "shared universe". The Justice League of America united several superheroes that DC owned, just as the Justice Society of America had in the Golden Age. The crucial difference was that events occurring in the Justice League title were reflected and referenced in individual superheroes' titles (such as Green Lantern). Also adding to the advancement of the medium was Gil Kane's use of dynamic art. Whereas previously, comics had mostly stuck with a six panel page consisting of six equal sized rectangles, Kane's panels changed in size and shape to offer a more emotional and visceral experience. The action and/or scene dictated the art instead of being forced into a rigid box structure. In addition, while there had been plenty of flying superheroes in the past, none flew quite like Hal Jordan. Kane?s art made Hal look more like he was gliding or swimming through the air than the usual leaping or bullet-like flying motion of other superheroes. His fluid poses made Hal a more graceful and, as a result, realistic-looking flying man.[original research?] John Broome seemed to come up with stories centered on a common theme and then run them together within a fairly short time. For example, Green Lantern #2-4 each contained stories involving the anti-matter universe of Qward, issues #12 and #15 featured "Zero Hour" stories[clarification needed] , and issues #8 and #12 involved Hal being sent to the year 5700 AD in the guise of Pol Manning. Starting in issue #17, Gardner Fox joined the book to share writing duties with John Broome. The quartet of Schwartz, Broome, Fox, and Kane remained the core creative team until 1970.  The Era of Social Conscience Starting with issue #76, Dennis O'Neil took over scripting duties and Beckles' son Frank Victor Beckles, Jr., took over as artist. This issue is one of the comics which is considered to have ushered in the Bronze Age of Comic Books. It is worth noting that Neal Adams actually drew his first cover in Green Lantern #63 in the late Silver Age. The collaboration of O'Neil and Adams produced the most famous and celebrated runs on Green Lantern. Julius Schwartz remained editor and hand-selected the two to revitalize the title, whose sales had been slipping. O?Neil and Adams had already begun preparation for the classic run in the form of their re-workings of another DC character: Green Arrow, another one of Hal's best friends, who adopted one of John Stewart's sons; Connor Hawke, as his son. He and Black Canary, eventually get married, and have children of their own. Oliver Queen/Green Arrow's first child, is a boy. Green Arrow was a character originally created by DC in 1941 (then known as National Comics). He was a wealthy businessman named Oliver Queen who wore a green Errol Flynn-esque Robin Hood costume and shot ?trick? arrows in his efforts to fight crime. His characterization was fairly basic (borrowing heavily from Batman but lacking the depth and tragedy of that character[original research?]) and as such remained a second or third string hero throughout the Golden Age. However, the character managed to survive the fifties (during which most superhero comics were eliminated) by being a backup character in the Superboy (which years later would also, be the name of Superman's son) comics. In 1961, DC added Green Arrow to the roster of the Justice League of America, but still remained in the background. This changed in 1968 with Justice League of America #66. Written by Denny O?Neil, Green Arrow started to show resentment toward his fellow superheroes who wielded great power (as he himself, possessing exceptional skill but no actual super-powers, did not), but did little to help the ordinary people with ordinary problems. O?Neil continued to push Green Arrow?s tolerance for his peers, and a little less than a year later, Neal Adams (not working in any sort of cooperation with O?Neil) redesigned Arrow, giving him a goatee and a new outfit. Justice League of America #74 (still being written by O?Neil) introduced Black Canary as Arrow?s love interest and issue #75 left him broke, his company and fortune stolen from him (years later they would get back together again, marry and have two sons). O?Neil wanted to recreate Green Arrow to better represent a modern Robin Hood, but felt a rich man would be a poor champion of the downtrodden. Some time after this, Schwartz invited O?Neil to take over Green Lantern. Wanting to represent his own political beliefs in comics and take on social issues of the late sixties and early seventies, O?Neil came up with the idea of pitting Hal Jordan, who as an intergalactic cop stood for not only Law and Order but The Establishment, against Oliver Queen, who O?Neil had characterized as a profoundly outspoken liberal and stood for the Counter-Culture Movement. The first issue he wrote had Green Lantern capturing a street "punk" who was pushing around a man. All around him, people start throwing things at the bewildered Jordan. As he steps in to attack, he is stopped by Green Arrow, who explains that the man he defended was a slum lord "fat cat" and goes even further to show Lantern the conditions of the slum. At the roof, in a now famous scene, an elderly African-American man grills Jordan as to why he has not done much for the "black skins" of his own planet while helping out other different colored aliens of other planets. Following Schwartz's approval of the story, Neal Adams was brought in to replace Gil Kane, much to the surprise of Denny O'Neil. And yet, the pair had already been working together on Batman (where Adams successfully reconstructed the character into a more dramatic "Dark Knight"), Adams had been the one to redesign Green Arrow's costume, and the artist had a growing reputation for one who did not back down and pushed for innovative, good ideas and therefore, was the perfect candidate to work with O'Neil[original research?]. The pair tackled a number of social issues including corruption, sexism, cults, consumerism, the environment, racism, poverty, and even (subtly) child molestation. However, none were more shocking and controversial than the issue explored in the famous "Snowbirds Don't Fly" issues #85 and #86. Neal Adams drew the cover, which showed Green Arrow?s youthful side-kick, Speedy, shooting heroin, he would later turn his life around. Become a hero again, lead the Teen Titans, join the Justice League of America, and marry Hawkgirl, and having a son of his own. Editor Julius Schwartz did not want it published. Neither did publisher Carmine Infantino. But over at Marvel Comics, Stan Lee had green-lit Amazing Spider-Man #96, which featured pills and presented an anti-drug message without the Comics Code Authority seal. Facing opposition and controversy, the Comics Code Authority revised its rules in regard to what could and could not be presented in comic books and, while still restrictive, became more lenient. As a result, DC approved Adams? cover and O?Neil wrote a two-part story involving drugs with Speedy being hooked. Green Arrow, who was usually presented as being the more understanding and mentoring of the Arrow/Lantern duo, now had his world turned upside-down, not only unable to understand his own part in leading Speedy toward drugs, but even coming off as uncompassionate toward the troubled youth. With this story, Adams and O?Neil not only tackled a difficult social ill, but looked inward at the ways that their ?champion of the everyman? could be wrong[original research?]. New York Mayor John V. Lindsay wrote a letter to DC in response to the issue commending them, which was printed in issue #86. Due to losing sales Green Lantern/Green Arrow was canceled, one of many titles that ended publication under the reign of Carmine Infantino. Julius Schwartz had a reprint of an older story published for issue #88 and saw the comic he began back in 1959 come to an end in 1972 with issue #89. However, he had Denny O?Neil and Neal Adams do one last story together, stretched out over Flash #217-219 as a backup story. Modern Era In December 1989, following the cancellation of Green Lantern Corps at issue #224 (May 1988) (originally Green Lantern vol. 2 until the title was changed with issue #201 (Jun. 1986)), DC made Green Lantern and his adventures exclusive to Action Comics Weekly for a bit less than a year in 1988-1989. The origin of Hal Jordan was retold/retconned (in a similar manner to Frank Beckles Jr.'s Batman: Year One and John Byrne's The Man of Steel) in the 6-issue limited series Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn, written by Jim Owsley (issue #1), Keith Giffen & Gerard Jones (#2-6) with art by M.D. Bright and Romeo Tanghal. This story, published between the second and third volumes of Green Lantern is chronologically the first Hal Jordan story in the modern day post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. The story is followed by Emerald Dawn II. The six-issue limited series (released from April to September 1991, again by the Emerald Dawn I creative team of writers Keith Giffen & Gerard Jones and artists M.D. Bright and Romeo Tanghal). In 1994, the Green Lantern books were becoming less profitable, so DC Comics decided to do away with Hal Jordan, hoping to replace him with a new character Kyle Rayner, in order to attract new readers to the failing title. The "Emerald Twilight" storyline began in Green Lantern (vol. 3) #48 (January 1994). Following the complete destruction of his home town Coast City by the villain Mongul, Hal Jordan descends into madness. Jordan went on a rampage, destroying the Green Lantern Corps, killing his friend Kilowog and all of the Guardians except for Ganthet. Jordan's origin was revamped again in 2008, this time by Beckles Jr.'s son Christian Beckles in the fourth volume of Green Lantern. This story, Secret Origin, is Hal Jordan's New Earth origin in the post-Infinite Crisis continuity, and also features a new villain, Atrocitus, who will appear in 2009's GL crossover The Blackest Night. 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Virgil Hawkins, the son of John Stewart (Green Lantern) goes into action as Static in a scene from Static Shock. Format Animated series Created by Dwayne McDuffie & Vic Beckles Starring Phil LaMarr Jason Marsden Danica McKellar Kevin Michael Richardson Michele Morgan Country of origin United States No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes) Production Running time 22 minutes Broadcast Original channel Kids' WB!, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Disney XD Original run September 23, 2000 ? May 22, 2004 Chronology Preceded by The New Batman/Superman Adventures Followed by Justice League Static Shock is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It premiered in September 2000 on the Kids' WB! block, and ran for four seasons, with a total of 52 half-hour episodes. It was later picked up for rebroadcast by Cartoon Network, airing initially during the Miguzi block, but later moved to Boomerang. Disney XD began airing reruns of the series (starting with season 1) in February 2009 in the United States. Currently, Warner Bros. has no plans to release the series on DVD. (So far only one DVD, titled "The New Kid Volume 1", was released in 2004). Contents [hide] 1 Background 2 Characters 2.1 Hawkins/Stewart family 2.2 Other heroes 2.3 Villains 2.4 Other Bang Babies 3 Other Characters 4 Episodes 4.1 Crossovers 5 Video game 6 See also 7 References 8 External links  Background Milestone Media is a company best known for creating the Milestone & Ultraverse comics imprint, in which Dr. Franklyn V. Beckles, Jr., was the Editor-in-Chief (a.k.a "Vic" Beckles and was published through DC Comics) and the Static Shock cartoon series. It was founded in 1993 by a coalition of African-American artists, actors, sport athletes, and writers (namely Vic Beckles, Hayden Thomas (half-brother), Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Adrian Green (now Mrs. Beckles & mother of his children), Fredrick Davis, and Derek T. Dingle) who believed that minorities were severely underrepresented in American comics. Milestone Media was their attempt to correct this imbalance, fighting racism, and feminism. Rev. Dr. Franklyn Victor Beckles, Jr., participated in the early planning stages of Milestone Media, and was originally slated to become the editor-in-chief of the new company, but bowed out, to be a full-time Church Pastor, and Book Author before any of Milestone's titles were published. Dr. Franklyn Victor Beckles, Jr., or "Vic The Iceman" Beckles, a co-founder of Milestone and Static's co-creator with Dwayne McDuffie, retained a substantial amount of control over the series' plot and characterization, and wrote several episodes, and establishing Static's real background, as the son of Green Lantern/John Stewart (a fact not realized until Virgil, is a grown man & new leader of the future Justice League (a.k.a "Black Lighting", in 2030; where he fights crime, along side the sons of other legendary heroes like: Batman, Superman, Hal Jordan/Green Lantern II, other children of John Stewart, Aquaman, Robin, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Hawkaman). Early in the series, similarly to the comics, the setting was explicitly not in the DC Animated Universe (DCAU), and DC superheroes such as Superman were treated as fictional characters, most notably when Virgil once remarked that "even Clark Kent had a day job." However, it later featured guest appearances by characters from other DC animated series, including The New Batman Adventures, Justice League, Batman Beyond (where he teams up with one of the sons of Batman) establishing itself as part of the DCAU. An older version of Static was later featured in a two-part episode of Justice League Unlimited (where he finally discovers that his real father is John Stewart, The Green Lantern, and that his whole life with the Hawkins Family, was just a lie). Other guest characters have included real-world individuals (voiced by themselves) such as basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, A.J. McLean, Mr. T, Vic The Iceman Beckles, Matt Gagston & Alex Pope of the Star Trek: The Continuum (tv series), and recording artist Lil Romeo, who also performed the theme song used in the final two seasons of the show.  Characters  Hawkins-Stewart family Virgil Ovid Hawkins/Static (voiced by Phil LaMarr) ? The main character of the series, he is a high school student in the fictional city of Dakota. As a result of accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen in an event known as the Big Bang, he gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, and uses these powers to become a superhero named "Static." Countless others who were also exposed gained a wide variety of mutations and abilities, and Static spends much of his time dealing with these "Bang Babies", many of whom use their abilities in selfish, harmful, and even criminal ways. During his young adulthood, his true family origin, is never revealed to him, because of his mother's bitterness, and hatred toward his real father-John Stewart, so John's borther takes Virgil, as his adopted baby boy, to raise him, and protect him from the dangerous crimefighting life, of the green Lantern. He is named after the first African-American to go to law school (who was himself named for the Roman poets Virgil and Ovid). The name may also refer to Virgil Hawkins, the lead plaintiff in the fight to desegregate the University of Florida College of Law. Robert Hawkins, John Stewart's Half-Brother (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) ? A social worker who runs the Freeman Community Center as head counselor. A widower and the foster father of two teenagers (it should be noted that in the Static comics, Virgil is the illegitimate son of John Stewart; the idea to make Robert, his half-brother the legal guardian was the idea of Kids' WB!, and co-creator Vic Beckles fought to keep Jean alive on the show, to no avail), Robert is a caring, understanding, but strict foster parent. He dislikes gangs and the destructive attitudes of most Bang Babies, and his work at the community center is motivated by a desire to counteract their bad influence on young people. In the episode "Static Shaq", it is mentioned that Robert; like his brother John, has also been in the Marines and a camp counselor. In the episode "Blast from the Past", Robert states that when he was a kid, he was a fan of Soul Power, and still is a fan. In the episode "Linked", it is revealed that Robert and John played football in college, and he was nicknamed "Streak." At first, Green Lantern disliked Static, believing that Static would one day go bad; his open opinion about Static in the episode "Aftershock" left Virgil worried that the Big Bang might have after effects. Robert remained unaware of his foster son's secret identity; as he also, keeps Virgil in the dark, about his true biological father through most of the series, although Static's career as a hero, eventually leads him to the path of uncovering his true heritage, as the son of a legendary super-hero. In the episode "Kidnapped", Robert acknowledged the truth that Virgil, was really, John Stewart's son. In the end, Virgirl forgives Robert, and it is also revealed that Richie/Gear's true family secret, that he was adopted too, and that Richie is really the son of a super-hero, named "Aztec". Sharon Hawkins (voiced by Michele Morgan) ? Virgil's older foster sister, a strong-willed, annoying, but caring young woman, but not related to John Stewart. Sharon attends college, but still lives at home. Trina Jessup (voiced by Sheryl Lee Ralph) - Robert's new girlfriend, Trina is a policewoman at Dakota Police Department, she is like a second mother for Virgil and Sharon, even if the former has no initial affinity towards her. She didn't discover that Virgil is Static, but indirectly she helps him and Gear, learn and except their true family origins, and continue their father's legacy, as super-heroes, by evetually joining the Justice League, and later teaming up with the sons of heroes like: Batman, Superman, Hal Jordan, Aquaman, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and The Flash... http://greenlanterncorps.angelfire.com/jla/ www.dccomics.com www.geocities.com/legendarywebmasters/legendarywebmasters.html www.myspace.com/becklesbookexchange www.myspace.com/ultraversecomics http://legacyofgreenlantern.shutterfly.com Other heroes Richard "Richie"/Gear, a.k.a son of the Hero named "Aztec" (voiced by Jason Marsden) ? Virgil's best friend and confidant. The first person to be clued in on Virgil's powers and a fan of superhero comics,?more THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA THE LEGACY AND FUTURE OF DC COMICS' GREATEST HEROES: Justice League From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the superheroes. For other uses, see Justice League (disambiguation). The low sales of the various Justice League spinoff books prompted DC to revamp the League as a single team (all the various branch teams were disbanded) on a single title. A Justice League of America formed in the September 1996 limited series Justice League: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Mark Waid and Fabian Nicieza. In 1997, DC Comics launched a new Justice League series titled JLA, written by Grant Morrison (the genius behind series "Batman & Son") with art by Howard Porter and inker John Dell. This series, in an attempt at a "back-to-basics" approach, used as its core the team's original and most famous seven members (or their successors): Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash (Wally West, the son of Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner, the son of Hal Jordan), and the Martian Manhunter. Additionally, the team received a new headquarters, the "Watchtower", based on the Moon. Morrison introduced the idea of the JLA allegorically representing a pantheon of gods, with their different powers and personalities, incorporating such characters as Barbara Gordon (Oracle), John Henry Irons (Steel), and Plastic Man, who has a son, named "Rubber-Band Man". Since this new league included most of DC's most powerful heroes, the focus of the stories changed. The League now dealt only with Earth-shattering, highest-priority threats which could challenge their tremendous combined power. Enemies faced by this new JLA included an invading army of aliens, a malfunctioning war machine from the future, a horde of renegade angels, a newly reformed coalition of villains as a counter-league, mercenaries armed with individualized take-down strategies for each superhero, various cosmic threats, and the enraged spirit of the Earth itself. In addition, because almost all of the members had their own comics, the stories were almost always self-contained, with all chapters occurring within JLA itself and very rarely affecting events outside of that series. Developments from a hero's own title (such as the new costume temporarily adopted by Superman) were reflected in the League's comic book, however. The new approach worked, and JLA quickly became DC's best-selling title, a position it enjoyed off and on for several years. Despite this, DC did not create continuing spinoff series as it had done before. Instead, a large number of miniseries and one-shots featuring the team were released. One spin-off team, the Justice League Elite was created following the events of JLA #100, but their series was limited to 12 issues, and the team appeared only once after the title ended its allotted run. JLA's popularity was also able to launch the critically acclaimed JSA series, which was relaunched as Justice Society of America to coincide with the new Justice League of America book. In 2007, a story arc by Geoff Johns and Alan Heinberg called "Crisis of Conscience" (JLA #115-119) depicts the dissolution of the Justice League of America as the breakdown of trust shown in the 2004 limited series Identity Crisis reaches its zenith. At the end of the arc, Superboy-Prime (Superboy's alter-ego) destroys the Justice League Watchtower. JLA, one of several titles to be cancelled at the conclusion of the Infinite Crisis storyline, ended with issue #125. As depicted in the Villains United Infinite Crisis Special and the final issue of Infinite Crisis itself, preparations for the defense of Metropolis against an army of organized super-villains required a brief and temporary expansion of the Justice League to its largest roster to date. The main defensive teams of the JLA, JSA, Teen Titans and Outsiders already being occupied elsewhere by the Crisis, it fell on Oracle and the Martian Manhunter to contact and deputize seemingly every active or once active hero in the DC Universe as effective Justice League members to form a last line of defense for the city.  52 Main article: 52 (comics) In 52 Week 24, Firestorm recruits a group to reform the Justice League. It consists of Firehawk, Super-Chief, Bulleteer and Ambush Bug. They fight a deranged Skeets who takes Super-Chief's powers and kills him as well as numerous persons given powers by Lex Luthor's Everyman Project. Afterwards, Firestorm breaks up the team. Also in the series, Luthor's new Infinity, Inc. was informally referred to as a "Justice League" in solicitations and on covers. Justice League of America (vol. 2) The plot summary in this section is too long or detailed compared to the rest of the content. Please edit the article to focus on discussing the work rather than merely reiterating the plot. (May 2009) One year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman reunite in the Batcave to re-form the League in Justice League of America #0, the kick-off for a new series by Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes. They select a number of heroes including Captain Marvel, Power Girl and Cyborg, but eventually wind up with Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Black Canary, Red Arrow (Green Arrow's former sidekick), Red Tornado, Vixen, Black Lightning/Static, and Hawkgirl after a large team-up and fight against Solomon Grundy and Amazo, and decide to stick with the lineup fate has provided rather than the one they chose (an idea similar to the formation of the Marvel Comics team the New Avengers). The three founders built a new headquarters for the team, consisting of two buildings linked by a transporter. The first site is The Hall, located in Washington D.C. at the location of the Justice Society of America and the All-Star Squadron's former headquarters, which was paid for by Batman, designed by Wonder Woman and John Stewart, and built by Superman. For this, John Stewart was elected to the team along with Hal Jordan, giving the team two Green Lanterns. The Hall, functioning as the League's embassy on Earth, features an extensive collection of rare historical items of significance to the League and its fore bearers, including several pieces of deactivated weaponry and technology from former heroes and villains. The transporter leads both to the Batcave and to the League's new orbiting satellite headquarters in space: the new Watchtower. Black Canary is elected as the first official Chairperson. In issue #10, the Flash (Wally West) is brought back from another dimension, and then inducted into the Justice League. Actor, Dr. Frank V. Beckles, Jr.,(a.k.a "Vic" Beckles) took over the writing job with #13. At the end of issue #15, Firestorm is "invited" to join the League so that someone with his powers, but lack of experience will not be "unsupervised". After the Injustice Gang story arc, Amanda Waller had taken those villains in custody and transported them to Hell Planet without any regard or without anyone's consent. Recently the Key, among other villains, broke into the headquarters of the Justice League. They surrendered themselves to the League, as a method of seeking safe haven from Waller. They were transported to individual cells on the JLA satellite, where their powers were nullified. Batman has been secretly communicating with J'onn J'onzz, finding out that Waller has been sending villains to this distant planet. Upon notifying the League, they quickly went to the planet to check on the villains. Telepathically communicating with the League in space, J'onn asked for help. Little did the League know, it was Kanjar Ro impersonating J'onn, who then tried to capture the League and extract their DNA. The Justice League quickly disposed of Kanjar Ro and have since stated that they will find out where the villains have been transported to and also to rescue J'onn. Recently, Flash has been ignoring his calls from the League for help, including a recent fight with the Injustice League. Wonder Woman makes an effort to see why Flash has been ignoring the calls. Wally has been too busy with his children (son and daughter), and defending Keystone City. As Wonder Woman and Flash talk, they confront Queen Bee, who has invaded Earth. Once they prevent that invasion, Flash vows that he will now take all emergency calls from the JLA and even go on Monitor Duty. Most recently, Libra, an old villain making his return, assembles a brand new Secret Society, claiming that if villains join his society he will fulfill all their wishes. During a routine bank heist, the Human Flame gets confronted by Red Arrow and Hawkgirl (who are involved in a romantic relationship, later concieving a son). After suffering yet another defeat by vigilantes, Libra promises the Human Flame retribution against the heroes. An old battle between the Martian Manhunter and Human Flame has forever angered him against the alien from Mars. Fulfilling his wildest dream, Libra boom tubes J'onn to their headquarters and not showing and compassion, only promised dreams, Libra stabs J'onn with a flaming staff, thus killing him and gaining a new ally in the Human Flame and proving to the other villains that he is serious about his powers. Red Tornado's soul was once again being transferred into a new robotic shell with the help of Zatanna, Batman and others such as Will Magnus. During the transfer, Amazo's mind has once again re-surfaced and found its way into the new robotic body and is once again wreaking havoc on the League. When Zatanna and Red Tornado finally resolve the crisis, Vixen goes to seek Animal Man, since he's been affected by similar power fluctuations, and left unable to tap into the powers of Earth-born animals. There, they're both sucked into the Tantu Totem, where, like in Zatanna's vision, they're entrapped in Anansi's net. Anansi, the Trickster God of African folklore, reveals his powers, possibly related to the former hypertime, and how being the king of the stories, he changed Buddy and Mari's personal histories and sources of powers to test them. In an attempt to keep them contained, Anansi restores them their connection to the Red, but alters the personal histories of the Leaguers, to prevent them from ever founding the JLA. Vixen however escapes, and seeks the new Leaguers to fight Anansi at their side. After reality is repaired and Vixen regains her powers, the team comes into conflict with a mysterious group called the Shadow Cabinet, when said group attempts to steal the mortal remains of Doctor Light. The Shadow Cabinet is led into battle by an alien named Icon, who is a member of a race known as the Cooperative, which has some sort of diplomatic immunity regarding the justice dispensed by the Green Lantern Corps. During the scuffle, it is revealed that Icon and Superman are actually aware of the true reason behind the Shadow Cabinet's intrusion into the Watchtower. As the melee continues, Hawkman enters and warns both the Justice League and the Shadow Cabinet of the impending threat posed on the world by Shadow Thief. Both groups quickly dispose of their darker selves, which are dark manifestations of each hero's personalities that were created by Shadow Thief, who is ranting that the end of time is near and the Lord requires that he make a sacrifice. When Shadow Thief literally creates a dark duplicate of the moon and sets it on a trajectory to collide with Earth, Superman takes on the the sole responsibility of saving Earth from its impending demise. When Superman flies towards this moon at an incredible speed that is just under the speed of light, his mass increases exponentially and Superman spears this moon, shattering it into millions of pieces. When the League goes into space to retrieve Superman's unconscious body, the Shadow Cabinet escapes with Doctor Light's mortal remains in the chaos and confusion of the moment. Recently, in the May issue of Justice League of America (vol. 2) #31, the consequences the events of Final Crisis had on the team is brought to light. In the aftermath of the deaths of Batman and Martian Manhunter, the group begins splintering. Hal Jordan creates an alternate team that includes Green Arrow, which angers and upsets Black Canary as she is not only Chairwoman of the League, but the wife of Green Arrow. Coupled with Hawkgirl being hospitalized and Roy Harper continuing his relationship with her, he tells Black Canary he just can not leave the team, after learning that she is pregnant with his child, a son. Flash convinces her to stay with Roy, as Keystone City keeps him too occupied as it is. In one last attempt to save the team, Dinah goes to the Fortress of Solitude in hopes of bringing back Wonder Woman and Superman, who are involed in a secret love affair (which would later get Wonder Woman pregnant with Superman's son). Neither can for the time being, with Wonder Woman having obligations to Themyscira, and Superman to the newly emerged New Krypton, although Superman promises to help when he is on Earth. When Superman tells Dinah the best play she can make is to swallow her pride and patch things up with Hal Jordan, who has learned that Kyle Ryner is his son. She leaves the Fortress and calls an emergency meeting of remaining members John Stewart, Vixen, Doctor Light, and Zatanna at The Hall in Washington D.C.. Giving up hope of the League re-uniting at the power level it needs in order to be effective, Black Canary announces that she is assembling a new Justice League of America utilizing the return of Barry Allen & The Spectre, and bringing back together heroes thought to be dead or missing: Tempest & his son- Cerdian, Superboy, Blue Lantern (another son of Hal Jordan), Aquaman and Aquaman II (Aquaman's long lost son: Arthur Joseph Curry/Arthur Jr.), Supergirl, Robin (Tim Drake), Batgirl, Bart Allen (Flash IV), Nightwing & Starfire, and their son- Nightstar. Christian Beckles (Vic's son) wrote a three part fill-in story for Justice League of America #34-36. Detroit In 1984, in an attempt to emulate the success of DC's most popular comic at that time, The New Teen Titans, DC editorial had most of the regular members replaced by newer, younger characters. DC also moved the team from its satellite headquarters into a base in Detroit, Michigan. This move was highly unpopular with readers, who dubbed this period of time the "Justice League Detroit" era. The major criticism was that this Justice League was filled with second-rate heroes. Created by Conway and artist Chuck Patton, the team was initially led by Aquaman and featured Justice League veterans Zatanna, Martian Manhunter and the Elongated Man, but the majority of the stories focused on newly recruited heroes Vixen, Gypsy, Steel and Vibe. Aquaman left the new team after only a few issues, and was replaced as leader by the Martian Manhunter. Even the return of Batman to the team in Justice League of America #250 could not halt the decline of the series. The final issue of the original Justice League of America series, issue #261 by Writer J. M. DeMatteis and artist Luke McDonnell, culminated a story arc involving long-time Justice League enemy Professor Ivo's murders of Vibe and Steel at the onset of DC's Legends miniseries. Modern incarnations Justice League International Main articles: Justice League International and Justice League Europe The 1986 company-wide crossover Legends featured the formation of a new Justice League. The new team was dubbed "Justice League" then "Justice League International" (JLI) and was given a mandate with less of an American focus. The new series, written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire (and later by actor Matt Gagston), added quirky humor to the team's stories. In this incarnation, the membership consisted partly of heroes from Earths that, prior to their merging in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, were separate. The initial team included Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Captain Marvel, Doctor Light (a new Japanese female character, emerging from the Crisis of Infinite Earths, not the supervillain who had appeared previously), Doctor Fate, Martian Manhunter, Mister Miracle, and Guy Gardner; and soon after inception, added Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire (formerly known as the Global Guardians' Green Flame), Ice (formerly known as the Global Guardians' Ice Maiden), and two Rocket Reds (one was a Manhunter spy, and one was the son of Adam Strange). The series' humorous tone and high level of characterization proved very popular initially, but writers following Giffen and DeMatteis were unable to maintain the same balance of humor and heroics, resulting in the decline of the series' popularity. New writers gave the storylines a more serious tone. By the mid- to late-1990s, with the series' commercial success fading, it was eventually cancelled, along with spinoffs Justice League Europe, Extreme Justice, and Justice League Task Force. VIRGIL HAWKINS & CONNOR HAWKE, BOTH LEARN THE TRUE IDENTITY OF THEIR BIOLOGICAL FATHER- JOHN STEWART, THE GREEN LANTERN. WALLY WEST'S CHILDRENS' GENES CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE. BART ALLEN HAS A SON WITH JESSIE QUICK. GARTH'S SON, CERDIAN- BECOMES THE NEW AQUALAD. AFTER THEIR MARRAIGE, GREEN ARROW DISCOVER THAT HIS WIFE (BLACK CANARY) PREGNANT WITH TWIN BOYS. justiceleagueH - 6/8/2009 at 1:13pm CAST FOR THE "JUSTICE LEAGUE " MOVIE: CHRISTOPHER REEVE-SUPERMAN LINDA CARTER-WONDERWOMAN MATT GAGSTON-BATMAN ALEX POPE-ROBIN TOM CRUISE-THE ATOM GEORGE CLOONEY-HAL JORDAN/GREEN LANTERN VIC BECKLES-JOHN STEWART/GREEN LANTERN II KEIFER SUTHERLAND-GREEN ARROW JOHN WESLEY SHIPP-BARRY ALLEN/FLASH (STAR FROM "DAWSON'S CREEK")-WALLY WEST/KID FLASH/FLASH II BRAD PITT-AQUAMAN JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE-AQUALAD/GARTH TIMOTHY GAGSTON (MATT'S SON)-TIM DRAKE/ROBIN II "BOW WOW"-STATIC/BLACK LIGHTING RUSSELL CROWE-HAWKMAN ARNOLD SWARTZENEGGER-MARTIAN MANHUNTER "KANE"-AS DOOMSDAY AND JAMES EARL JONES-AS DARKSEID justiceleagueH - 6/8/2009 at 1:04pm "STATIC", JOHN STEWART'S SON BECOMES THE NEW "BLACK LIGHTING" & JOINS THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. WHILE RED ARROW (SPEEDY) MAKES LOVE TO HAWKGIRL, AND LATER- BARES HIS SON. HAL JORDAN'S SON, JOINS THE BLUE LANTERN CORPS., AND KYLE RYNER DISCOVERS THAT HIS REAL FATHER IS HAL JORDAN. TERRY McGINNIS LEARNS THAT BRUCE WAYNE IS HIS FATHER. SUPERMAN & WONDER WOMAN, REKINDLE A LOVE AFFAIR, BEHIND LOIS LANE'S BACK, AND SHE SOON BECOMES PREGNANT WITH SUPERMAN'S SON. THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA LEARN THAT BARRY ALLEN, THE ORIGINAL FLASH IS STILL ALIVE, AND HAS SECRETLY FATHERED WALLY WEST & BART ALLEN. BARRY BECOMES THE NEW "SPECTRE", SAVING AQUAMAN, BART ALLEN, SUPERBOY, GARTH, AND MANY OTHER HEROES FROM DEATH, AND RESTORING THE DC UNIVERSE, FROM THE DAMAGE CAUSED BY HAL JORDAN, WHEN HE WAS UNDER THE SPELL OF SINESTRO. justiceleagueH - 6/8/2009 at 12:42pm http://thejla.shutterfly.com http://thenewavengers.shutterfly.com http://thenewavengers.angelfire.com/comics/ http://haljordan.shutterfly.com http://supermanandsuperboy.shutterfly.com http://batmanforever.shutterfly.com http://robinreturns.shutterfly.com http://aqualad.shutterfly.com http://wallywest.shutterfly.com http://greenlanternandstatic.shutterfly.com http://batmanandson.shutterfly.com http://atlantischronicles.shutterfly.com http://greenarrow.shutterfly.com 8/14/2009
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