In 2019 Shelfdust asked over a hundred comic book critics, podcasters, vloggers and commentators to pick their personal, subjective favourite ‘first’ comic book issues of all time. From their choices we counted down the top fifty entries, which you can find here! But we’re not leaving it there. Now the list is over and we know which comics made the list, we’ve invited critic and podcaster Matt Lune to host a weekly show right here on Shelfdust! Each week Matt will be sitting down with a different comic critic to look at every comic which charted into the top fifty, one issue at a time.

This week it’s time to bring in the A-Listers, as we look at the issue which reached 34th place: JLA #1 by Grant Morrison, Howard Porter, John Dell, Pat Garrahy and Ken Lopez.

That creative team played into every dream about each character and let them all feel powerful or inspiring in their own way, rather than trying to beat them down or offer some kind of subversive take. Batman was the smartest man in the world; Superman the most considerate; Wonder Woman was powerful and sharp ; Green Lantern was the everyman. And in the first issue? A new team suddenly appeared as well… apparently a step forward, if a little shady. It gave the creators a chance to show just why people should care about the JLA again. This week Matt is joined by special guest Graeme McMillan to talk all about it!

Please note this podcast was recorded in 2020, and Grant Morrison’s pronouns are they/them.

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Come back next week….. as Matt will be talking about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 with Sara Century!


Graeme McMillan is a writer for the Hollywood ReporterWired and Playboy, as well as being one half of the Wait, What? podcast. He can be found on twitter here.

Matt Lune is a critic and podcaster who has written for publications including PanelXPanel, The MNT and Multiversity. You can find him on Twitter here!


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