Justice

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“Justice” is a 2005-2007, 12-issue series written and drawn by Alex Ross, with help by Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite. Justice is basically a return of the “Super Friends” cartoon in comic book form. It stars the Justice League of America in a modern take on their Silver Age incarnations. Making appearances are other Silver Age teams like the Doom Patrol, the Teen Titans, and the Metal Men. The book also takes place outside of the DC canon, but is not listed as an Elseworld story.

The plot begins with a group of DC villains sharing a dream of nuclear destruction that was not prevented by the JLA. These villains start to do good deeds, Poison Ivy solves world hunger, Captain Cold creates oases out of deserts, to discredit the JLA. The villains’s true natures are revealed when they kidnap Aquaman, steal his son, and operate on him. Some heroes are attacked including Red Tornado, Green Arrow, and The Atom while others are mind controlled by Brainiac and Gorilla Grodd. From here out it’s a great story of the heroes fighting against their greatest enemies, but with a huge disadvantage on their side thanks to the enemy team up and their new knowledge of the heroes.

This is one the greatest Justice League stories I’ve ever read. This book raises the bar and shows how much the villains of the DCU can actually do if they team up. To that end the JLA has to team up with the world’s other great heroes to combat this threat. The art is beautiful, which is standard in an Alex Ross book, but Ross proves that he can also write smart and witty dialogue. Plastic Man steals the show, with him transforming into things like a lawnmower, a blimp, a chair, and even Captain Marvel while he is also arguing with Elongated Man over who gets to be the strechy guy of the team. So for showcasing an amazing story of evil vs good and for looking amazing while doing it (for keeping this going for 2 years that is quite an accomplishment) this book gets the “Vintage” rating.

Rating: Vintage

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April Comics Ranking

Time for part two of April’s comic rankings.

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#10- “Convergence: Justice League of America #1”

Pros:  Nice to see Ralph and Sue together again, best villain introduction of the event

Cons: Spends too long introducing characters, basically nothing happens until the end, muddy art

#9. “Green Lantern 23.4”

Pros: Great origin story, Sinestro is still a great villain

Cons: Hard to read with the layout, doesn’t explain why Sinestro has so much will

#8-7

#8. “Convergence: Aquaman #1”

Pros: When he arrives Deathblow is cool, Aquaman has the respect he deserves

Cons: Stilted art, spends too long introducing the villain

#7. “Convergence: Justice League International #1”

Pros: Good fight scene, Ted is a funny guy, nice setup for the next issue

Cons: Doesn’t focus on the other members much

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#6. “Convergence: Shazam #1”

Pros: Replicates Golden Age art, the battle against the Monster Society is really good

Cons: The dome doesn’t come down

#5. “Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1”

Pros: Gives equal focus to the team, colorful and bright art, very emotional scenes

Cons: I have a hard time buying that Batman can’t bring down the dome in a year

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#4. “Convergence: Green Lantern/Parallax #1”

Pros: Bright art, delivers exposition very well, the fight kicks off quickly

Cons: Princess Fern is such a ridiculous villain even Parallax makes fun of the idea

#3. “Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #1”

Pros: Goes deep into Guy’s psyche, unique art style, great to see John and Guy interact

Cons: Ending scene doesn’t make much sense

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#2. “Convergence: Booster Gold #1”

Pros: Very quick moving story, explains a lot about the event, they recognize all the things Booster has done for the DCU

Cons: There’s a lot of dialogue, but it is well written

And the winner is…

Winner

#1. “Convergence: Blue Beetle #1”

Pros: Focuses equally on the three heroes, funny jokes throughout, first glimpse of Telos, explores more about the dome

Cons: The other city isn’t shown

And that’s the end for April. Hopefully the second issue of these are better or just as great in some cases.

Convergence: Justice League of America #1

A week late, but we’re back. This week’s theme is heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths.For week three of Convergence I picked up three books like last time. We’ll start with Justice League America by Fabien Nicieza and ChrisCross. From here on out, I will no longer be making reviews with spoilers, especially for these newer books.

This book stars the Detroit Justice League, and follows the same formula as the other Convergence tie-ins. We see what’s going on in the dome, the dome comes down, and the enemy appears. This issue however, is narrated by Sue Dibney who provides colorful commentary. This sadly leaves a lot of character development absent, and we are just told about who the League members are instead of seeing them in action. It is nice to see Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, and Zatanna as the Big 3 in this world. The enemy this time is the Tangent Universe’s Secret Six, who showcase themselves better in a few pages than the heroes do through the whole issue.

Final Thoughts: I’d skip out on this one. There is some tongue-in-check comedy that is characteristic of the period this takes place, but it falls flat to me. Most jokes are about Vibe, but that’s low hanging fruit. The formula has gotten old at this point, and the next 2 comics could benefit from not using it. It is good to see Ralph and Sue together again after all the horrible things that happened to them, but it reminds me that they aren’t in the New 52.

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