JLA Classified 30 – 32

JLA Classified #30
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and Cover by Killian Plunkett and Tom Nguyen

The story that involves the JLA in an international conflict continues this issue. I enjoyed this issue too. Not bad bad, but not amazing or anything. It was good. Martian Manhunter should still be in the JLA, that’s all I gotta say. This issue shows that well.

JLA Classified #31 Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and Cover by Killian Plunkett and Tom Nguyen


This story could have been a lot better now that I look back at it. It concludes this issue well, the JLA helps the two countries get back to normal and keep the metal from getting into any government hands. At first, I thought Chaykin was writing from the perspective that America is always right type of thing, but I am happy to say that this issue shows that it is not like that. The JLA do not give the metal to the US gov even though they asked for it. So this story arc over all was better than I thought at first, but still just okay.

JLA Classified #32
Written by Dan Slott and Dan Jurgens
Art by Jurgens and Trevor Scott

This issue was much better than the last story arc and it is great to see Plastic Man again. But, it got a little boring at points and we see more of this new character, Darren Profitt, than we do the JLA and I am not particularly fond of parelell universe stories. So there were definitely some pros and cons. This issue was a little long, 40 pages was kinda unnecessary. There were a lot of great moments though. I will have to read the next issues before I make my decision if I like this story arc.

International Squabbles

JLA Classified #29
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and Cover by Killian Plunkett and Tom Nguyen

I have to admit, after reading last issue I hated this storyline. But this issue, I kinda like it. The JLA aren’t acting quite like the dicks they were last issue. The art isn’t bad, but the colorist keeps changing Wally’s hair color every page. At least stick with one. (Wally’s hair is red by the way.) This actually made me sad that Wally is no longer The Flash and that the Martian Manhunter is no longer in the Justice League like he should be. But besides those problems this issue is pretty good. I like the idea of the Metahuman Arms race, even though it is being dealt with in 52, in 52 no company is profiting off of it like in this storyline. It was kinda fun to see the JLAers out of costume with this issue and Chaykin’s narraration is spot on. Especially when he describes Superman and Bruce Wayne.

JLA Classified 23 – 28

JLA Classified #23
Written by Steve Englehart
Art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer

The arc focusing on the “Detroit Era” Justice League continues this issue. I must say that I like all the moments with the Leaguers but I could care less about the Royal Flush Gang and would really have enjoyed this issue more without them. Besides that, decent issue.

JLA Classified #24
Written by Steve Englehart

Art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer

Okay this issue kicked some major ass. I loved it. The only weakness being the parts with the royal flush gang again. Otherwise, I just could not get enough of Englehart’s characterization of the Detroit Justice Leaguers. He makes me want to go back and read the old issues. Vixen’s origin is written so eloquently and I am excited that she is going to be part of the current JLA now. He has gotten me to care about characters that I never gave a crap about before. Great writing. Englehart even made Aquaman’s talking to fish power seem cool. Not to mention, this issue had pretty good art.

JLA Classified #25
Written by Steve Englehart
Art by Tom Derenick and Mark Farmer


This was a great ending to a great story arc. I think this series needs more arcs like this, arcs that focus on obscure parts of the JLA’s history. It is revelaed in this issue that Gypsy knew about Vibe and Steel’s deaths before they happened. I don’t know if this is a new idea or not but it is very interesting. Gypsy is a lot more powerful than I thought and I am glad she is now a member of the Birds of Prey. I think this story arc may just have convinced me to pick up some old Detroit JLA issues.

JLA Classified #26
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and cover by Kilian Plunkett and Tom Nguyen

This issue was okay, nothing to write home about it. I feel like the whole JLA getting involved in international affair thing has been done to death in the last few years and therefore, a story that would have been a big deal a decade ago is just another JLA story now. It is nice to see Faith again and to read a story with the JLA taking place only a little while before Infinite Crisis. It makes you think about how much has changed in the DCU since Infinite Crisis.

JLA Classified #27
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and cover by Kilian Plunkett a
nd Tom Nguyen

This issue bored me until the end when I was just so pissed off at the league for getting involved in this international affair and creating a huge problem. Chaykin write the Justice League as being pretty damn arrogant and that is just not how I see them. Oh and the art is pretty mediocre. Not one of my favorites.

JLA Classified #28
Written by Howard Chaykin
Art and cover by Kilian Plunkett a
nd Tom Nguyen

Okay this issue sucked and I must say that this whole storyline so far blows. The JLA is acting totally out of character and shitty. They are acting like they have no experience as super heroes at all. Not reccomended.