Over the years there has been a lot of stories that has told how the Justice League first became a team. I already went over Justice League: Origin in my countdown as a modern-day story for the team’s first adventure. This story, however, flashes back to the Silver Age of heroes in the 50s and 60s in a unique and compelling tale by the late and great Darwyn Cooke in DC: The New Frontier.
Taking place in a time period of great division in America, Cooke took inspiration from Alan Moore’s Watchmen where heroes are banned by government when the Red Scare and McCarthyism swept the nation. Only government sanctioned heroes, like Superman and Wonder Woman, operate while Batman does so illegally and many of the other heroes have retired or gone into hiding.