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JLA: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1 Paperback – Illustrated, October 4, 2011
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- Publisher : DC Comics; Deluxe ed. edition (October 4, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401233147
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401233143
- Item Weight : 14.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.59 x 0.41 x 10.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So, during the 90's, DC said that no hero with his/her own solo series could be in the Justice League, and sales fell. Eventually, Morrison was asked to write the title, and he demanded to bring all the universe's heavy hitters back. Thus begins one of the best runs of superhero comics. Morrison brings together Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman into one great adventure series. I can honestly say I was never bored once while reading.
Now, the lack of side stories does raise a few issues. Superman gets a new costume I'd never heard of halfway through, and some other minor things. But that doesn't detract from the story in any significant way. Any fan of the DC Universe should be satisfied with this comic.
It is amusing to see some of the relics from that era, some were great; I always thought that this version of Aquaman (long hair and beard, harpoon hand) was THE best take on the character. Others are a laugh; the electric Superman.
If you like the DC icons you’ll like this series, the initial story arc is the best of this volume but there is better to come (Rock of Ages).
Book for 1st time and its
2021..maybee of I would have read it 10- 15 years
Ago..it souls feel diferent.
I just Ended Nailbiter 2 weeks ago..this book feels like a children's book.
And Im also reading..vol.2 now. I have never seen
The injustice League or Darkside feel so ridículos.
God this is the Worst..Morrison EVER..
UNLESS You are a child
At heart...this is no longer
The world we live in...its..been gone for 20 Years.
Morrison is at top form, from Batman's "HHHH" that he says every so often (of which I can't ever not hear him doing in my head now) to fantastical Villians-Of-The-Week all competing for the Fate of Mankind, the World, the Universe, the Galaxy. This is big, booming, explosions and top notch character writing all wrapped up in a smart bow.
This first Deluxe Edition takes the first 9 issues of the JLA, plus a Secret Origins special and does it mighty justice. Pages are printed on nice glossy stock (much like the individual issues, and NOT the crappy newsstock of prior TPB's) and the colors are rich and gorgeous, showing off Howard Porter's over-the-top artwork. Let's be honest, I've never been a fan of Porter's work before or since JLA, but for JLA it fits that feeling of Summer Blockbuster Movie, and for that it's perfect. And Batman - this is quite possibly Batman at his best. Morrison loves to write Batman. And Batman loves Morrison.
I picked these Deluxe Editions up so that I can start weeding out and selling my individual issues/runs, and this is the perfect way to do so. These volumes are big, beefy and gorgeous.
Fans of Morrison should check this out. Fans of over-the-top Superhero action should check this out. This is the big, brawling, ZOMG SMASH STUFF! series with DC Comics' bigwigs at the top doing what they do best: saving the world.
The first story is a 4-parter which I hope DC uses in some form to pace out the just announced JLA movie set for 2015. It's followed up by a great one-shot story about an almost-villain that might throw new readers due to Superman's costume change; just know that at the time it made perfect sense in his own series of books. Next comes an out-of-the-blue end-of-days story which is also the one and only story in Morrison 4 years on this title where he actually gives Wonder Woman some panel time to shine through - "Angels. Meet Wonder Woman." The book closes out with a 2-parter that involves a long-time villain that for JLA fans will be a real treat but one who really needs no introduction for newbies, plus the plot twist is pretty brilliant!
The art is grand, the colors pop off the page, and the action keeps coming. True it is light on character development but Morrison specifically set out to tell action tales and DC at the time of original publication preferred to have the character's solo titles tackle all that so what we get here instead is flashes of character interaction that give us insight into how and why these world-saving heroes work together so well.
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This reboot brings it back to basics, but I'm not convinced it was necessary - why not just continue from the previous version, rebooting that? At least that deemphasised the 'America' part and made it seem like a global organisation. This one is still global but its name and characters pretty much relagate the rest of the world to 'nothing happens there'.
Also a reboot is great jumping on point, but if you don't get in on the act immediately the author fails to provide any further jumping on point by having each story end, but starting the next story in the same issue, which really presents problems for continuity with other comics (11+ regular titles are supposed to happen within the same continuity). It also presents a problem for this collection as issue 9 ends on a cliffhanger, even though it had completed the story.
To my mind this is poor writing. I have no problem setting up future storylines within the ongoing storyline, but every so often there should be a cut off moment where new readers can join without wondering why the 'new' story seems to start part way through.
This album has some really good stories, particularly the opening White Martian storyline, and the return of the Key gives some interesting 'Elseworld' takes on the main character as well as showing that Green Arrow is a viable member of the group.
But then there is the dire Zauriel storyline that is basically an alien invasion with a twist in that the 'aliens' work for God (except they don't). The fallen angel is the good guy. I found this one just a bit offensive, and also it didn't quite make sense.
This mixed bag doesn't hold up to binge reading in the way that it might have done when originally released. Morrisson can do a lot better.
Prior to this run the Justice league was mostly B-lister heroes and interest was waning. Morrisons take is to bring back all the big guns and do huge action adventure stories with intergalatic enemies and threat on a global scale. And in this aim the series succeeds. The foes are epic, the heroes super heroic and the adventures grand. This is a great big scale superhero adventure.
The artwork is superb with some oddities that newer readers may find strange. Superman is sporting his 90s era Mullet, but with all the swashbuckling and dering do going on here that's a minor quibble. The pacing of the story is breakneck speed, this truely feels like a adventure that only the worlds greatest heroes combined could contend with.
The only gripe I have with this book is that between the 1st and 2nd stories obviously a lot happens to the characters that isn;t covered here. Superman suddently pops up as a blue energy based hero with totally different powers and bar a couple of brief mentions it's not really explained. This is pretty jarring to someone who wasn't familiar with the Super-goings on in the 90s.
Overall this a great thrill ride of a book, the artwork is big, bold and colours are strong. The cover gives in good impression of the style found in the volume. As with all 'team up' style comics it suffers a lack of screen time for the individual characters. I would certainly recommend picking this up but you might want to familiarize yourself with some of the characters present before delving in.