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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 151

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today is the second moment from a fight that the JLA had with angels!

Enjoy!

In JLA #7, Superman already had to use his powers to pull the moon back into orbit (a ploy designed to keep Superman off of Earth). However, he managed to make his way down to Earth, where the Martian Manhunter was putting up a heroic effort against the head evil angel, Asmodel!

And yes, in his blue form, Superman did not have super-strength, but who cares, the moment is still awesome – he’s wrestling an angel!!!!

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He sure is. Sadly JLA has rarely reached those heights, post-Morrison. Those were some awesome issues. Bombastic and adventurous. Everything the JLA should be.

“Yield!”
“Never!”

Brilliant.

The moment for me is J’onn standing there defiant, and Superman quietly telling him to stand down. The actual fight is over-the-top, but what people forget about Morrison’s run is how he did so well at the quiet, order of battle stuff.

Great as the whole angels saga was, I wonder what Morrison would have cooked up if he had been allowed to use Hawkman instead of creating Zauriel. Aquaman’s “Katar?” moment is a nice reminder of what could have been.

Never noticed it until today – Flash, standing there, boggling at how awesome Superman is? He’s the guy who’s going to actually beat Asmodel in a few pages. Sure, GL will set him up with the amplifier, but canceling out the angels’ vibrations and how to do it? All from the guy who’s amazed at how super Superman is.

I definitely like the moment of Superman quietly relieving J’onn. It’s cool that his first thought is his friend, not the battle.

I have never quite cottoned to the art blur effect. I do, and will always, find it annoying.

Otherwise, “yield never” is the moment for me. I have this darn comic and I’m perpetually amazed about how much I forget in direct proportion to how much I’m amazed at what Brian apparently remembers. My brain would probably give up on Cool Comic Book Moments somewhere between 60 and 100.

And how about some Jeff Smith’s Bone cool moments. That would be nifty.

Another thought: I know it wouldn’t work with this story since the new Superman powers were integral to the plot, but how great would it be if someone went back and re-did even just that one splash panel with the traditional costume… especially the cape?

Oh, and Zauriel’s “I’d pay money to watch your back” line from later in the issue is awesome. A horndog, pop-culture-savvy (“… there’d be courtroom dramas in heaven…”) angel is such a neat idea for a character.

Ethan Shuster

June 1, 2009 at 7:57 am

It’s also hard to argue that “Mine was the voice that shattered the walls of Jericho!” is not an awesome line.

I always found DC’s forays into Heaven and Hell very interesting. They seem to create some strange amalgam of christianity, later legends and myths, the supernatural and superhero stuff.

What is most amazing is that this is a TWO ISSUE STORY. It didn’t drag out for 6-8 issues, plus a mini-series plus 4 one-shots. 44 pages is all it took to introduce Zaurel, give every single JLA member a spotlight, include at least 4 iconic moments (I’d add Wonder Woman’s destruction of an Angel Chariot and the finale to the two cited so far), and oh yeah – tell an interesting story.

When Morrison rocks, he rocks hard.

Zauriel was such a neat character concept from Morrison’s run – if you ask me, we’re lucky he was denied Hawkman. On the other hand, has anything worthwhile been done with Zauriel since? I just read the Shadowpact arc where he replaces Blue Devil on the team, and he’s a completely different character from Morrison’s depiction of him. All humorless and bland – disappointing. (Shadowpact as a whole was disappointing, too, but that’s another matter – I just want to see Detective Chimp do some detecting, dammit!)

Anyway, Zauriel is awesome.

that to me was an omg moment seeing superman go toe to toe with a ticked off angel grant dealing with the concept of superman almost being like a god. even if it was the blue supes

Ethan Shuster

June 1, 2009 at 9:14 am

Yes, it’s nice to see Superman can just kick someone’s ass in any variation of the character. Unless it’s the version from Superman Returns.

not to be to big of a nerd, but I believe blue supreman controlled gravity fields thereby simulating super strength

you could have done a year of cool moments from just morrison’s run, i hope you get to the darkseid bit in rock of ages.

I say that the cool moment from this sequence was J’onn doing the whole, “You shall not pass” thing. He knows he’s outmatched. He can barely stand. But, he is going to stand there, barring Asmodel for as long as possible.

Superman fights the Big Bad? Thats a dime a dozen. J’onn as the last man standing, refusing to yield. That’s cool.

Theno

Actually, my favorite scene here is Aquaman vs. angels. This was still pretty early in the beardy/hooky Aquaman days, when Arthur was just an asshole to everyone for no real reason, but Morrison handled it great.

The scene I’m thinking of is when he’s dangling from his hook-cord wrapped around a rogue angel, who yells, “YOU DARE?!”
And Arthur shouts, “Winged TRIPE, I haven’t even STARTED!”

Everyone remembers the big awesome moments of JLA, but it’s gotta be said that (outside of Kyle Rayner’s excessive “Dude!” phrasing) Morrison had everyone’s voice down perfectly – and even came up with the best way to show Batman being surprised: “Hh.”

The way I remember reading this that made it awesome isn’t so much about Superman fighting the big guy, it’s that I think it was established previously that the angel’s touch burns the sinful and the impure. You have Jonn giving it his all even though he knows he can’t win, then Superman turns up and, well, doesn’t get burned.

It’s like Jacob wrestling the Angel. But maybe not as well drawn.

Morrison’s JLA was cool stuff. I really can’t remember why I stopped buying it.

@ Eathan Shuster: Superman couldn’t kick any butt in Superman Returns because he wasn’t given anyone in his weight to throw down with. That’s the problem with the Superman movies.

The moment: “This is the guy who said he couldn’t live up to his myth.”

“Key words? How about ‘world,’ ‘end,’ ‘of,’ and ‘the.’”

“Oh, and ‘fish’ and ‘man.’”

That still cracks me up.

The Morrison run is so chock full of cool moments, you could probably get a full month just off that run…
(goes to dig out her back issues)

“YIELD!” “NO!” is probably my favourite moment from Grant Morrison’s JLA (Well, that and “Now we build an anti-evil ray”). I love it.

@David

When Morrison rocks, he rocks hard.

What never ceases to fascinate me about the Morrison JLA was its context. The late 80s and early 90s were totally dominated by noisy, bombastic comics that generally had an X somewhere in the title. Dudes with three bandoliers yelling at guys in long leather coats while shooting two machine guns at once. In that context, the JLA and its Big 7 seemed like Elvis Presley at a Punk Show.

In walks Morrison saying “you think that is loud? Well, this one goes to ELEVEN!” It was like the ’68 comeback special Elvis. Then, he drops that particular guitar and shows everyone that he does a better X-Men than they do on top of it.

Literally, the greatest creative one-two punch in comics history, since Miller and Mazzucelli went from “Born Again” to “Batman: Year One”.

The clunky 90s art and the “Yield!” “Never!” were enough for me to stop reading this run and move onto better comics. Mediocre comics that were overrated for their relative quality compared to a ton of crappy comics out at the same time.

Ethan Shuster

June 1, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Yeah, Bob, I know the reason. That’s more a commentary on them not writing anything like that into the movie.

“What never ceases to fascinate me about the Morrison JLA was its context. The late 80s and early 90s were totally dominated by noisy, bombastic comics that generally had an X somewhere in the title. Dudes with three bandoliers yelling at guys in long leather coats while shooting two machine guns at once. In that context, the JLA and its Big 7 seemed like Elvis Presley at a Punk Show.”

The thing is though… DC had more or less turned things around in their comics by the time Morrison (and Fabe – his role in putting the book together always gets forgotten) came along for JLA. David was on Aquaman, Waid had been on Flash for a while, Marz’ GL was getting going, Dixon had started Robin, etc. JLA was just sort of the final piece of the puzzle more than a revolution – Morrison took a lot of characters who were being handled by good writers and wrote them very well using the bases already in place.

Now, if we can just get Warner Bros to hire Morrison to write a Superman screenplay we could finally get a decent movie out of the franchise.

Morrison took a lot of characters who were being handled by good writers and wrote them very well using the bases already in place.

Well … Superman was a mess as we can see by the blueness of the Man of Steel in the sequence above.

However, your larger point is well taken. Hardly anything really cool is ever the product of one person. Mark Waid had a huge hand in making Morrison’s JLA as awesome as it was. Peter David put Aquaman back into the conversation as a front-line character. Ron Marz had a solid buzz going on Green Lantern. It was a great moment to put those characters back together.

@Stephen
“The thing is though… DC had more or less turned things around in their comics by the time Morrison (and Fabe – his role in putting the book together always gets forgotten) came along for JLA. David was on Aquaman, Waid had been on Flash for a while, Marz’ GL was getting going, Dixon had started Robin, etc. JLA was just sort of the final piece of the puzzle more than a revolution – Morrison took a lot of characters who were being handled by good writers and wrote them very well using the bases already in place.”

I agree. I came back to comics in 1996 after a 10 year hiatus to find some incredible books on the shelves and enjoyed them immensely. I think everyone agrees that the late 90′s were a great time for DC. And then after engorging ourselves on an awesome 7 course meal for five years we had to make the trip to the bathroom that must always eventually follow such a feast. In other words we got Dan Didio.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

June 3, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Oh, wow. Another “Superman is awesome” moment.

Spotlight hogging jerk. :-)

I guess I’m in the minority…this scene just made me go ‘meh’.

And poor J’onn! Once again, he needs to look like a weakling, in order to make Superman look great, even though they’re almost identical in terms of power levels.

The moment where Superman puts his hand ob Martian Manhunter, and tells him he can stop, is a moment that has stuck with me, all of these years later.

Always wanted to see this moment acted out

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