DC I have a request! A proposal! Please let me help you return the "ultimate" team back to the forefront of Super-hero Comics!
Step one: Take James Robinson off the book. Over the years, we get 2 versions of this great writer, but JLA and James have not gelled. I was hopeful when Robinson joined the book, that he'd pull it into his Starman talent pool and make the JLA a premier book. Instead I feel it has fallen even lower than when he took it over. He's just not the correct voice for the League. Brett Booth has a nice style and he could stay, but I think I have a better choice.
Step two: This step has already been set in motion. With the results of "Blackest Night & Brightest Day and the Return of Bruce Wayne" all the heavy hitters are back in DC proper... Alive.
Step three: Who will write this? Geoff Johns is the "no brainer"! He has written every major character in the DCU and also done many cross-over events. He knows how to pull teams together and write the group as a unit. But most importantly, He understands DC legacy. He made me love the Golden Age Heroes in JSA, and the Justice Society of America. He really has a way of making the old feel shiny and new.
Step four: Artist! Phil Jimenez... the heir to George Perez. The master of team books. The composer behind the Infinite Crisis. I first noticed Phil on Team Titans back in the early 90's. He was great at putting a lot of characters on a page and still having every detail crisp and tight. He has a realistic feel when rendering fantastic situations. To me, Phil Jimenez was the first choice to fill this role.
Step five: The line up. Lets start with a story that brings together the "Magnificent 7 ". It would actually be a great time for this to be a story/drama driven gathering. We don't need the world to be falling apart or Darkseid returning to ignite the reunion. Lets make it a wedding or a death of someone important in the DCU. Snapper Carr or I don't know. That will be the first 2 issues. We need a little action. But really make it story/character driven. Then in issue 3-4, the SH&T really hits the fan and the team finds itself in need of about 5-7 other big names. That is when Martian Manhunter suggests... lets reunite the "Satellite Era" JLA. "BOOM"!
Superman, Batman - Bruce Wayne, Wonder Woman - Non Pants wearing, Martian Manhunter - Newly formed avatar of Earth, Aquaman - No beard 2hands avatar of Water, Green Lantern - Hal Jordan, Flash - Barry Allen (Founding members)
Regular Members: Firestorm - Ronnie & Jason, Hawkman & Hawkwoman/girl - I still don't know, Zatanna, Green Arrow - Ollie, and Vixen
Reserve Members: The rest of the DCU. Do something along the lines of the Justice League cartoon. Add cameos and guests from time to time. Just make em special.
Step six: This is the most important step... DC you have to make this your "flag ship" book. What's that mean? It means this book is more the focus than their individual series. That doesn't mean the JLA title will be more important, but it will lead the way of the Universe. Marvel has subtly done this for years. ALL of the Avenger books were a great window into the Marvel Universe as a whole. The events that led to Civil War, Secret Invasion, and Seige... all had roots in the Avengers. The Illuminati, who are the "puppet masters" behind so many Marvel events... all based in Avengers. DC... you have to follow this template. Do it your way... but you have to make the JLA matter. Not be a book where it reflects what other books are doing... but where it is the lead. Its not a book in a void... It has to matter.
Ok, i'll get off my soap box. I am a die hard lover of DC. I've been collecting/reading comics for over 25 years. I loved the Detroit Era, The Blah ha ha ha Era, and the Magnificent 7 Era. Brad Meltzer's JLA started in the right direction... but it took a back seat to DC events, instead of making DC events. Honestly I'd argue this is the worst JLA Era ever. Please DC, fix your Flagship! Bring back my favorite Justice League.