3 Awesome Justice League Starting Points For Binge Readers

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3 Awesome Justice League Starting Points For Binge Readers.

Taking characters from DC Comics’ wide-roster of heroes – including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, just to name a few – they have has been saving the world since 1960. As a result, the Justice League are one of the most recognisable superhero teams. And with a Justice League movie hitting the big screen, there has never been a better time to check out the comics. But, what should you start?

If you’re looking for some solid Justice League binge reads you’ve come to the right place! This article will point you in the direction to three of the best places to start read Justice League and where to continue from there.

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Quick Prerequisites

Here is how I have chosen these starting points:

  • Each of these suggestions feature a Justice League with a familiar line-up, similar to that of the movie.
  • I’ve also tried to make sure that the majority of the recommendations are also available in trade paperback, so you can easily get your hands on these comics at your local comic book store, online retailer or digitally.

JLA Deluxe Edition volume 1 cover by Howard Porter.

JLA

Throughout the late 80s and up until 1997 the Justice League was an eclectic mix of minor characters, with the occasional heavy hitter thrown in. All of that changed when JLA was launched. All of the major players returned to the team and the result was some really cool stories from the likes of Grant Morrison and Mark Waid. DC Comics have recently collected the 125 issues and spin offs into nine collects, perfect for binging on.

Volume 1
Written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. Art by Howard Porter and Don Hillsman.
Collects JLA #1-9 and JLA Secret Files #1

Volume 2
Written by Grant Morrison, Christopher Priest and Mark Millar. Art by Howard Porter and Arnie Jorgensen.
Collects JLA #10-17, New Year’s Evil: Prometheus, JLA Secret Files #2 and JLA/Wildcats

Volume 3
Written by Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Devin Grayson and Mark Millar. Art by Howard Porter and Mark Pajarillo.
Collects JLA #18-31

OPTIONAL: JLA: One Million
This DC event takes place after JLA #23 and is an optional read.

Volume 4
Written by Grant Morrison and Mark Waid. Art by Howard Porter and Mark Pajarillo.
Collects JLA #32-46

JLA: Earth 2
Written by Grant Morrison. Art by Frank Quietly.

Volume 5
Written by Mark Waid. Art by Bryan Hitch, J.H. Williams III, Mike S. Miller, Darryl Banks and Cliff Rathburn.
Collects JLA #47-60 and JLA: Heaven’s Ladder

Volume 6
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Collects JLA #61-76

Volume 7
Written by Joe Kelly. Art by Doug Mahnke.
Collects JLA #77-93

Volume 8
Written by John Byrne, Chris Claremont, Joe Kelly and Chuck Austen. Art by John Bryne, Doug Mahnke.
Collects JLA #94-106 and JLA Secret Files 2004 #1

Volume 9
Written by Kurt Busiek, Bob Harras, Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns. Art by Chris Batista, Tom Derenick and Ron Garney.
Collects JLA #107-125 and JLA Secret Files 2004

Justice League (New 52) volume 1: Origins cover by Jim Lee.

New 52 Era

In 2011 DC Comics did a soft reboot of their continuity known as the New 52. As part of this, writer Geoff Johns penned 50 issues of Justice League with a string of fantastic artists. Volume 1 begins in the past, showing the revised origins of the Justice League.

It’s worth noting that I am only including the main Justice League comic series in this list as it is the one that includes all the big names in it.

Volume 1: Origin
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jim Lee.
Collects Justice League #1-6

Volume 2: The Villain’s Journey
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jim Lee.
Collects Justice League #7-12

Volume 3: Throne of Atlantis
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ivan Reis, Paul Petellier and Tony S. Daniel.
Collects Justice League issues #13-17 and Aquaman #15-16

Volume 4: The Grid
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ivan Reis.
Collects Justice League #17-21

Trinity War
Written by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemiere, Ray Fawkes and J.M DeMatteis. Art by Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Mikel Janin, Renato Guedes, Fernando Blanco, Vicente Cifuentes and Daniel Sampere.
Collects Free Comic Book Day 2012, Trinity Of Sin: Pandora #1-3, Trinity Of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11, Justice League #22-23, Justice League Dark #22-23, Justice League Of America #6-7 And Constantine #5

You can find out more about Trinity War in this reading order.

Forever Evil
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by David Finch.
Collects Forever Evil #1-7

Volume 5: Forever Heroes*
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke.
Collects Justice League #24-29

* Volume 5: Forever Heroes is set during Forever Evil.

Volume 6: Injustice League
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Doug Mahnke and Jason Fabok.
Collects Justice League #31-39

Volume 7: Darkseid War Part 1
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok.
Collects Justice League #40-44 and DC Comics Sneak Peak #1.

Darkseid War – Power of the Gods
Written by Peter J Tomasi, Rob Williams, Francis Manapul, Tom King and Steve Orlando. Art by Fernando Pasarin, Jesus Merino, Bong Dazo, Evan “Doc” Shaner and Scot Kolins.
Collects Justice League: Gods And Men Superman #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Batman #1, Justice League: Gods And Men The Flash #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Green Lantern #1, Justice League: Gods And Men Shazam! #1 And Justice League: Gods And Men Lex Luthor #1.

Volume 8: Darkseid War Part 2
Written by Geoff Johns. Art by Jason Fabok and Francis Manapul.
Collects Justice League #45-50 and Darkseid War Special.

You can find out more about Darkseid War in this reading order.

Justice League (Rebirth) volume 1: The Extinction Machines cover by Tony Daniel.

Rebirth Era

Justice League Volume 1: The Extinction Machines
Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Tony S. Daniel.
Contains Justice League: Rebirth and Justice League #1-5

Justice League Volume 2: Outbreak
Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Neil Edwards, Jesús Merino, Tom Derenick and Matt Clark.
Contains Justice League #6-11

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad
Written by Joshua Williamson, Rob Williams, Tim Seeley and Simon Spurrier. Art by Jim Lee, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jason Fabok, Tony S. Daniel, Jesús Merino, Christian Duce Fernandez, Fernando Pasarin, Carlos D’Anda, Howard Porter and Giuseppe Cafaro.
Collects Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1-6, Suicide Squad #8-10 and Justice League #12-13

You can find out more about Justice League Vs Suicide Squad in this reading order.

Justice League of America: Road To Rebirth
Written by Steve Orlando and Jody Houser. Art by Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Andrew T MacDonald, Jamal Campbell, Stephen Byrne and Mirka Andolfo.
Collects Justice League Of America: Rebirth #1, Justice League Of America: Killer Frost #1, Justice League Of America: The Ray #1, Justice League Of America: The Atom #1 and Justice League Of America: Vixen #1

Justice League of America Volume 1: The Extremists
Written by Steve Orlando. Art by Ivan Reis.
Collects Justice League of America #1-6

Justice League Volume 3: Timeless
Written by Bryan Hitch. Art by Daniel Henriques, Fernando Pasarin and Bryan Hitch.
Contains Justice League #14-19

NOTE: Justice League and Justice League of America are both currently running so come back in a few months to see an update version of this list.

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Trevor Van As

Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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