Justice League Unlimited (2004)
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Publisher: Johnny DC (DC Comics)
Publication Date: November 2004 - August 2008
Country: United States
Series continuity derives from what we might call the "Bruce Timm" DC Universe. Based strongly on the Timm-produced cartoon of the same name, it also picks up on things laid down in other corners of his animated work, such as the earlier Justice League, Batman and Superman cartoons from the 1980s and 1990s. The continuity to Batman and Superman isn't especially strong, but it is there--most notably in terms of the back story for the Supergirl of this series. This series doesn't appear to share any common threads with the concurrently-published Teen Titans Go! or The Batman Strikes! books from Johnny DC, as those books are based on cartoons made by completely different animation houses.
The differences between the main DCU and the "Timm DCU" aren't vast, but readers will find here a JLA that has a sightly different "core" (as well as a massively active JL Reserves). Hawkgirl is perhaps the one character with the most distinction from any version ever active in the main DCU, but to many observers is more well-rounded than any version previously appearing in comics. Power Girl and Supergirl, especially in light of Infinite Crisis are also noticeably dissimilar to their DCU counterparts. As a general rule of thumb, if a character appears in JLU that had a "confusing" history in the comics, that history was redrawn to be simple and more streamlined--sometimes arriving at a conclusion that's different than the similar streamlining that DC themselves undertook in 2004-2007.
This title is meant as a companion to the TV series; readers without experience of the cartoon would probably find the book itself lacking explanation for some of the character interaction.
Number of issues cataloged: 54
Number of users with this title in their pull list: 10