The Wednesday Run – August 31, 2011

DC Comics’ celebrated title has gone by many names in the past: JLA, Justice League of America, Justice League Task Force, Justice League Elite and Justice League Unlimited to name but a few.

To fans, the title has always just been known as “Justice League”.

And that’s what DC Comics, in their bold line-wide re-launch of all mainstream publishing titles, will be naming the comic that stars the legendary team-up of: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash and Aquaman. Yep. All of the heavy-hitter heroes, in one monthly book. And it’s written and illustrated by corresponding legends of the art form, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.

Justice League #1
Written by: Geoff Johns
Illustrated by: Jim Lee
DC Comics

Justice League will take place, historically, about a “year” into the new DC Universe – where the characters are meeting each other and working alongside one another for the very first time. Everything is going to be fresh: relationships, villains, powers and weaknesses, drama and action. Lots of drama and action.

Sound interesting? Well, my understanding is that the issue is already sold out.

What? How’s that?

Chances are you’re reading this column sometime during the morning, afternoon or evening of Wednesday, August 31st. You might even be thinking about strolling down to your local comic book shop on this lovely day to pick up this buzzed-about comic and see what it’s got going on. But Justice League #1 went on sale earlier than usual today. At midnight this morning to be precise – with fans everywhere sucking back copious amounts of coffee (or Red Bull) in order to stay awake and make the Midnight Wednesday Run to their local comic book shops, which stayed open late yesterday to celebrate this event.

That’s right. You might already be too late to get a copy!

DC, in a wee bit of pandemonium-making, has allowed Justice League #1, as the company’s flag bearer for its September re-launch, to be sold early. It’s sure to make some news and any news for the waning comic book industry these days is good news.

I’m not going to reveal whether I stayed up late and pulled a “JL Midnight Madness”. Only Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns will ever know the truth of it. But I will tell you to make the Wednesday Run today – and get caught up in the hoopla that is comics. That sense of real excitement surrounding an industry-changing event comes about very, very rarely.

Justice League #1 is gonna be great! And I’ll bet the local store stocked enough issues that you can still grab one. And if not, you can always download it to your iPad, iPhone, desktop, Android phones and tablets via the Comixology website. Starting now, DC is releasing all of their comics electronically – on the same date (and at the same price) as their tried and true hardcopy versions.

There’s got to be some justice in that.

Every Wednesday, (and sometimes on Tuesday nights), JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column highlights a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

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