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July 1st, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
Both Formerly Known as The Justice League and I Can't Believe it's not The Justice League use not plot, but rather a strong thematic through line to give their stories cohesion. And, interestingly enough, the juxtaposition of those themes between mini-series give the pairing an overall cohesion, as well.

In other words, for all that this is "the silly heroes," the fact of the matter is that Giffen and DeMatteis have constructed a genuinely multi-layered work. You can read these twelve issues as individual issues / two-issue event arcs; you can take them on in six-issue, discrete thematic units; or you can put them together to find a twelve-issue thematic arc wherein the the two mini-series' primary themes become themselves a larger thematic underpinning.

Spoilers for both series, behind the cut tags

Part One: BacktrackingCollapse )

Part Two: They can be good people without that gun to their heads, Mr. MisfitCollapse )

It's a great trick that the creators here took a property best known (and perhaps best loved) for its immature humor and helped it naturally evolve into a story about maturation.

And Captain Marvel in a dog collar.

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