JLA (Vol 1) Secret Files #1 Review

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JLA (Vol 1) Secret Files #1 Review By Deffinition as part of Graphic Novel Talk

JLA (Vol 1) Secret Files #1 Review By Deffinition

So far I’ve had a good but not great, read through of JLA. There’s been really good stories mixed in with the really bad (and I mean REALLY BAD) and overall it’s felt like a writer trying to find his feet with the characters. This wasn’t helped with the change in artist and general reformatting of the team every couple of issues. Often feeling like ramblings, the stories were difficult to connect with and due to this didn’t score very highly.
This is the final arc to Volume 1 and as it is the closing chapter, it will probably decide how I judge the book overall.
Can it cement Morrisson as my favourite writer in comics again?
Let’s find out!

Triple Threat

The book contains three mini stories. The first revolving around the intergalatic parasite Starro The Conqueror. The second around the new Superman’s power set and the finale is a day in the life of Martian Manhunter.
Whilst short in length every story still feels fully developed and they act brilliantly at providing an insight into how the Justice League operate as a team and autonomously.
The Star Seed storyline is by far the standout of the issue. This tale centres on how the alien Starro would put the universe under his control should he capture the Justice League. In order to stop this from happening they depower themselves and attempt to destroy him by using their wits and secret weapon…Batman.
It’s a brilliant tale that showcases the true sacrificial qualities that are needed of a hero and this story is so good that I wish it had been given a full arc.

Super Sayian

The Superman story works as a brilliant introduction to the new boy in blue following ‘The Death Of Superman‘ arc. It highlights just how powerful he has become and also works as a signifier for how DC were modifying their characters in the 90’s to attract new audiences. It’s a shorter story that whilst not quite living up to it’s predecessor is still great.
A day in the life of Martian Manhunter too follows this aesthetic. Most readers at this point may have been unfamiliar to the character and this story works in creating a relatable superhero that in anyone else’s hands may seem alien. That to me was always the difficulty with the Manhunter. Morrisson does a brilliant job of creating a likeable character that can connect with audiences. It closes out the issue strongly.

A day in the life of martian manhunter reviewThe Verdict

Secret Files #1 is a short but sweet story that puts a brilliant close to Volume 1. It’s a well rounded and balanced issue that has a lot for new readers and veteran fans alike.
If you are unsure whether you want to begin Morrisson’s legendary JLA run then this is a great starting point that will give you an insight of what you are getting into.
Overall Secret Files gets a…


If you’ve been following my reviews then you know that i’m ranking the books as I read them in what all the fans of me lovingly call ‘Rank As I Read’ or ‘Rank As You Read’…I don’t know, I can’t remember, you do though as you’re a proper fan.

So here is the leaderboard so far.

  1. Batman The Cult
  2. Batman The Long Halloween
  3. Batman The Killing Joke
  4. Batman: Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth
  5. Batman And The Monster Men
  6. Batman The Last Arkham
  7. Batman Dark Victory
  8. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  9. Batman Vengeance Of Bane
  10. Batman Knightsend
  11. Trinity
  12. Batman Bride Of The Demon
  13. Batman: Year One
  14. Batman: Venom
  15. Batman Birth Of The Demon
  16. JLA New World Order Review (Vol 1)
  17. Batman A Death In The Family
  18. Batman: Night Cries
  19. Batman: Gothic
  20. Batman Knightfall
  21. Batman: Fears
  22. Batman: Prey
  23. Robin Year One
  24. Batman And The Mad Monk
  25. Batman: Son Of The Demon
  26. Batman Blind Justice
  27. Batman Ego
  28. Batman: Shaman
  29. Crisis On Infinite Earths
  30. Batman: Terror
  31. Batman A Lonely Place Of Dying
  32. JLA Secret Files #1
  33. Batman Sword Of Azrael
  34. Batman The Black Spider
  35. Batman: Faces
  36. Batgirl: Year One
  37. Batman Prodigal
  38. The Death Of Superman
  39. JLA Imaginary Stories
  40. Catwoman: When In Rome
  41. Batman: Madness
  42. Batman: Ghosts
  43. Batman Knightsquest
  44. JLA Woman Of Tomorrow
  45. Batman Doug Moench and Kelley Jones Volume 1
  46. Batman: Strange Apparitions
  47. Batman Second Chances
  48. JLA Fire In The Sky
  49. Batman The Ugly American

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