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Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I thought it was a lot of fun and was going to do it back in November, but, well, November has 30 days. December was kind of crowded with Christmas stuff, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We begin with Day 1, which is Your Favorite Comic.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
While it is not that I do not think that their run on Justice League International was not excellent, as I do, but if I were to pick the BEST run out there, I doubt that I would go with Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League. But for whatever reason (nostalgia, perhaps?), it’s probably still my FAVORITE run. And to choose one specific issue, I’d go with 1990’s “A Date With Density, Part Two: Hell on Ice!” from Justice League America #45 by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Adam Hughes, Russ Braun and three inkers, John Beatty, Jose Marzan, Jr. and Malcolm Jones III.
The concept of the issue is that Oberon is considering leaving the Justice League to go be with Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Meanwhile, Ice is trying to get Guy Gardner to take her on a REAL date, as their first date was to a porno theater and their second date was to a cock fight. So she manages to convince him to take her to the Ice Capists.
Unluckily for Guy, Blue Beetle and Killowog find out about their date from Ice’s best friend, Fire, and they have certain plans in place for Guy…
Hilarious stuff, and great art from Russ Braun, who did amazing work in the last couple of years as the other main artist with Darick Robertson on Garth Ennis’ awesome series, The Boys.
Guy and Ice return to the embassy and Guy, naturally, is fuming. He tries to calm down, for Ice’s sake, but then he enters his room…
What follows is stand-out work from J.M. DeMatteis, as he handles most of the rest of the humor in the issue off-panel (by the by, Lightray and Orion had recently joined the Justice League to replace Mister Miracle)…
This issue spotlighted a lot of the things that I loved about Justice League America. Interesting characters who had been around each other so long that they played off each other so well, disparate personalities that clashed well with each other and an excellent sense of comedy from Giffen and DeMatteis. Giffen would come up with these situations and DeMatteis would just excel with hilarious dialogue to match them. Plus the general sense of FUN in these issues still makes me enjoy them when I take them out to read for the umpteenth time.
I’d go with their run on Justice League America as my favorite comic and this issue as my favorite single issue from their run.
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