How many comic books have I read?
Good Lord, I couldn't tell you...though I'd estimate the total would easily top the "mega-thousand" category. More to the point, how many of those mega-thousand comics made an impression...or do I even remember reading? Ballpark estimate: Not as many.
However, there remains a respectable percentage of them that not only made an impression but are absolutely unforgettable....at least to me.
That's why I thought I'd try to "catalog" some of those great moments from my own comic book reading experience, a "highlight reel" if you will. Not that I'm the ultimate arbiter of determining what qualifies as an official "great moment", but at the same time, maybe something I like will make an impression on another fan who may, in turn, add that "great moment" to their own memory banks (or comic book collection).
The moment I've chosen for the Reel's maiden
voyage is taken from JLA #33 (1999).
Set-up: Batman dispatches four members of the Justice League to the French Riviera to bring in...Bruce Wayne? Well, without getting into the obvious secret identity issues there, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Steel, and Plastic Man, along with new members (and New Gods) Orion and Big Barda arrive in France to play the part of swanky jetetters.
We now join the undercover JLA members as they admire the normally fully-armored Big Barda modeling a form-fitting red dress (click on the panels for a larger view)...
Though the art's a bit on the shakey side, writer Mark Waid's wonderfully paced, absolutely hilarious Plastic Man gag more than overcomes it. Plastic Man had long been known to assume the shape of anything while still retaining his costume colors and design, and Waid's gag cleverly (and a bit naughtily) updated that great tradition for a modern audience.