Hawkman has served on both the Justice League and the Justice Society of America, and he thinks the earlier team will always be the best.
Warning: spoilers for Hawkman #27!
In DC comics, there are two historic teams of Justice: the Justice League and the Justice Society of America. Each is a venerated institution that has saved the world countless times, but one former member of both groups has come out to say which team beats the other, with Hawkman declaring the Justice Society of America the superior group.
Created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville, Hawkman is one of DC’s longest-tenured characters, first appearing in 1940’s Flash Comics #1. Hawkman is a founding member of the Justice Society of America alongside Jay Garrick and Alan Scott, with the team first forming in All Star Comics #3 as the first superhero group in any comic book. The team make a triumphant return in Hawkman #27, with Hawkman and Hawkwoman traveling back to the 1940s.
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In the Robert Venditti run of Hawkman, the two heroes – who are resurrected in different time periods upon their deaths – are forced to make a big decision: where to live one last life. They choose to go back to what they once believed was their first life in 1940, where they were part of the JSA team of Jay Garrick, Alan Scott, the Sandman, and Wildcat. Hawkman #27 immediately kicks off with the group fighting the Injustice Society, and readers are quickly reminded of the chemistry between DC’s original supergroup.
During the fight, Hawkman reflects “I’ve fought alongside every roster of every team imaginable. The original is still the best.” For Hawkman to label the JSA the best team he’s been a part of might shock fans, especially considering he’s been in the Justice League beside titans like Wonder Woman and Superman, first joining in 1964’s Justice League of America #31. The Justice League is DC’s premiere team and, to some fans, the greatest team in comics. However, it seems as a founding member of the Justice Society of America, Hawkman is aware that even the Justice League is standing on the shoulders of giants.
The decision to identify the Justice Society of America as the better team comes at a time when the classic group is making the jump to the big screen. At DC’s Fandome event, Dwayne Johnson revealed he is bringing the JSA to the DCEU in Black Adam, with mainstays such as Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, Cyclone, Hawkman, and Hawkwoman set to appear. Hawkman’s assessment can also be taken as his definitive statement on the matter, given that he believes he’s entering the final cycle of his life. Even those who disagree will have to admit that there are few people better placed to make a choice between the Justice Society of America and the Justice League than Hawkman.
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