Friday, September 23, 2011


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"GeeksOUT is excited to offer a new incentive gift for donations at the $50 mark: A limited-edition print featuring the Justice League of America, courtesy of modHero!

The print is 13"x19" on high-gloss paper, ready to frame with a thin white border, signed and numbered on the back."

Yay, America. Hmm.
The JLA represented “American” justice, but they certainly ended up in a variety of places where that didn’t mean much. Just how well were they suited to dish out a universal definition of justice?

Justice is defined as “the concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, fairness, or equity along with the punishment of the breach of said ethics.” Those seven principals correspond nicely to the original 7 members of the Justice League of America. Look!

Ethics - addressing questions about morality, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong
Superman, with his superhuman morals and Kansasian sense of right and wrong, is the poster boy for ethics. Let’s not mention how he’s an illegal alien, OK?

Rationality - the exercise of reason, the way humans come to conclusions when considering things most deliberately
Batman, the cold calculating detective. He’s a little bit creepy, but he gets to the point and doesn’t let Superman’s “ethical” stuff fog up his goggles.

Law - a system of rules, usually enforced through a set of institutions
Green Lantern, the ultimate space cop, can lay down the law on a cosmic scale.

Natural Law - a law whose content is set by nature and that therefore holds everywhere
Aquaman talks to fishes and octopi, so he has this one covered.

Religion - a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe
Martian Manhunter, the spooky, spectral outsider from a lost civilization has an enlightened perspective that borders on the transcendent.

Fairness - understanding what is fair within a society
Wonder Woman can see the big picture after coming from a tightly orchestrated and refined society herself.

Equity - to have discretion in administering justice in order to rule fairly and without cruelty
Flash is the everyman, so he’s not about to throw the book at anyone.

There you go! They might not have gone “International” yet, but the original JLA was ready to dole out some serious justice, wherever they ended up.


mathematicscore said...

I like this a lot, but is it just me or is J'onn the only one that doesn't look cool?

Diabolu Frank said...

Hal looks like he's daintily tiptoeing away from his feelings for J'Onn. Otherwise, yeah.