The Justice League is growing, uncontrollably, and as they grow, the city they’re in is in danger. Every movement, with powers or without could cost dozens of lives. Their rapid growth spurt is also impairing their judgement, as their brains are growing faster than their body can pump blood to it, or something ( thanks comic book science). The story here isn’t the Justice League versus any particular villain, but instead the Justice League saving themselves from science gone amok (less a staple of comics than it used to be). This Justice League is the early-80’s version, with the second-stringers (Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkman, Atom, Zatanna, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Firestorm, Red Tornado) holding center stage, rather than being outshone by the big three (although they make an appearance too, but it’s like when they show up the cavalry has arrived).
The story is written by Christopher Priest, who is always great for giving a traditional story a twist, and here it’s in the spectacularly a-linear flow, time jumping from the present to different flashbacks featuring different characters and each having a different purpose to the story (it’s presented as “Stages 1 - 5″ in the first issue and “Stages 6 - 16″ in the second) . It’s focussed on Green Arrow and former JLA mascot “Snapper” Carr for an emotional connection and the rest of the team for the superheroic drama. The fact that it weaves its way through only two issues, start to finish with a complete, thoroughly satisfying story is pretty impressive, given the complex structure (which isn’t altogether that difficult to follow).
Local boys Ken Lashley and Ron Boyd capably provide the art while Dave Johnson provides the thoroughly amusing covers. Of the issues I actually purchased, I’d to say this is the best of the LotDCU (although there’s a 2-part Darkseid story by Jamie Delano and Steve Pugh that I wouldn’t mind reading…)