I'm especially curious what long-time JLA fans think of this story.
For those of you not in the know, this is the "official" DC comics JLA membership history:
As the lone "minority" member, and as a member of the cross-species Green Lantern police force, I totally think John Stewart would have said this. The problem is, I needed to *answer* this comment! So I had The Flash tell him that most of the super-heroes he knows are white Americans, which I also think The Flash would have said. Before the two friends (who I believe are probably Republican-Democrat, haha) get into a discussion about Affirmative Action, we have Batman as the voice of reason.
However, even though I liked the idea of the story, the actual story is pretty boring! Ten people sitting around talking...in a comic-book...hmmm....not very exciting. Dramatic? Maybe. Dull? Maybe! And then I not only start the story this way, but I end it this way, too! Yikes~!!
So then we move on to a list of candidates. This was my chance to introduce the kids to a second level of depth to the DC Universe, which I thought was a good idea. Again, it was a good IDEA. Besides adding a few new characters that I had hoped to include in adventures later, I also added some more history to the group. I established that The Atom had been a member, but had quit to live in the jungles of the Amazon. He will appear again and every time I did a "flashback" sequence I tried to include him. As for the other guests, although I had hopes to use them again, none of them caught the interest of my audience, so after one more cameo appearance most of them never appeared again. So that was a bust, too.
I also didn't like how I included Captain Marvel/Shazam. His FILMATION cartoons were currently on Japanese TV, though, and he was in-and-out in the Giffen-DeMatteis JLA of the then-current comics, so I wanted to make it clear that he was on the same world as "my" Justice League. I should have just mentioned him in the beginning and left him out.
That brings us to the discussion for the pros and cons of the two main candidates. Again I think I made a mistake when I showed them discussing this stuff for four pages. If the story had gone from page 37 ("we have two candidates") directly to page 42 ("let's vote them both in") I think the story itself would have been better. Of course, if I had had an editor I would have cut down half of the candidates in the first place, or I would have skipped this whole story and just written the Elongated Man and Hawkman as new members and gotten on with it. But I was trying to do something different, and ended up doing something mildly confusing and mostly boring. Sorry!
I do sum up the feelings of most JLA fans when I have Black Canary say that they should induct the "other" Hawk. By the time Hawkgirl/woman joined the JLA it was way overdue. The Hawks are such dramatically visual characters, it's hard to go wrong with them in a story. Likewise the always stretching Elongated Man. Visually, they were a good choice.
Be here next issue when I make another tactical error by not having a wildly exciting first adventure for the two new members. Instead, we sit around the satellite and talk---again---for the second issue in a row.
Something to look forward to! :-(