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DC with its multiverses and multiple crises can get confusing in a hurry, especially for the Justice League. That doesn't mean it lacks great stories though. Some of the Justice League's greatest adventures revolve around these crises in fact, yet less metaphysical Justice League storylines also offer a lot to celebrate. At the end of the day, there are a ton of great Justice League comic books.

The best Justice League stories are the ones that really dig deep into the various characters, analyzing their fundamental values and their interpersonal relationships. Of course, there's always great action to be had with what are essentially (and sometimes literally) the seven gods of the DC Universe. And with so many different writers to pen these tales, there's no shortage of variety in how the heroes are represented. 

So here are some of the best Justice League comics. Prepare for a whole bunch of Grant Morrison. And spoilers. There will be spoilers.

Crisis on Infinite Earths is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Justice League Storylines in Comics
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Even if you've never picked up a comic book, there's a good chance you've heard of Crisis on Infinite Earths. This storyline is one of the grandest in all of comics, with some of the most famous heroes dying in multiple universes, and ultimately doing away with the multiverse entirely. Written by Marv Wolfmanand and George Pérez, Crisis on Infinite Earths served a function, but it wasn't simply a utility - it was traumatic and expansive; a truly epic comic book story.

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Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Justice League Storylines in Comics
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Mark Waid and Alex Ross team-up to write a tale set in the future with an aged and retired Justice League in Kingdom Come. The world is overrun by vigilantes with looser morals than traditional heroes, which are still in existence doing their own part to defend the world, and conflict arises between the two sides. The Justice League members are forced to come out of retirement to put a stop to the escalating violence. Of course, Lex Luthor gets in the middle of things, further complicating matters, ultimately resulting in the death of a hero. The story deals with the hallmark theme of DC: the tenuous nature of superheroes' relation to humanity, viewed as both saviors and dangerous gods.

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DC: The New Frontier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Justice League Storylines in Comics
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Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stewart's DC: The New Frontier is perhaps unlike any other. It is one of the most nuanced stories in terms of its relation to historical events, taking place during the Cold War and trying to assess what made governments and societies tick. It wasn't the simple America vs the world of WWII era heroes. What's more, the artwork is quite unique, in many ways establishing a pop culture representation of these characters that have stuck in the minds of the general populace, even if they weren't often depicted this way. It's a very interesting and introspective read.

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New World Order

New World Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Justice League Storylines in Comics
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In one of Grant Morrisson's more reserved penning of JLA, New World Order actually does add quite a bit to the mythos of DC. The Justice League reunited in full for the first time in a decade to take on a group of White Martians, a seminal race of hostile aliens first introduced in this story. These White Martians calling themselves the Hyperclan initially pose as heroes until they reveal their true identity and the Justice League must defeat them in interplanetary warfare. It's not quite a reboot for the team, but more like a reinvigoration that introduces some important canonical elements.