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JLA/Avengers (Justice League)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  3,190 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
The most powerful characters in two universes collide as DC's premier super-heroes meet Marvel's. Collected in a gorgeous two-volume oversized slipcased hardcover is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated and memorable crossover of all time, as the Justice League of America unites with The Avengers. Superman, Batman, and the other members of the JLA join forces with Captain ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published November 18th 2008 by DC Comics (first published December 2004)
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I would like to write a brief epitaph in honour of the opportunity for Marvel and DC comics to work together: It was a beautiful relationship while it lasted but it will likely never happen again.

JLA/Avengers is the ultimate comic book fan's dream lineup for a work of fiction. The basic idea is another trippy world's colliding mash up akin to the whole Crisis on Infinite Earths saga that went on at DC years ago. Only this time Kurt Busiek of Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City and Marvels f
Rob McMonigal
Nov 19, 2007 Rob McMonigal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finally sat down last night and read my copy of JLA-Avengers, which I've been saving for just the right moment, because I knew it was going to be good.

I didn't realize just *how* good. If you are anything of a Marvel or DC fan, you really need to get ahold of this and devour it.

Perez is always solid, but his details and characters are really amazing here. There were people *I* didn't know, and I consider myself to be close to expert level when it comes to Marvel and just a shade under that for
Mike (the Paladin)
Fun read, great art lots of (please forgive me for this) "slam bang action" (I know but, you know it's traditional). I've mentioned (so many times that if you've read my other "graphic novel" reviews you're probably sick of hearing about it) that I read an collected Silver Era Comics. My books of choice, my favorite collections were Captain America and The Avengers.

Yes I was a Marvel fan, and inhabitant of the Marvel Universe, I was even a member of the M.M.M.S. (and if you're a comic book[okay,
Jan 22, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I bought this book solely on the graphic eye candy of one panel. The panel was Superman holding Captain America's shield in one hand, and Thor's Hammer in another. I was not disappointed. Busiek makes me wish we went to high school together.
Everybody loves a good team-up. No matter who your favorite hero is, whether in the realm of sports, music, science, writing, art - you get a secret thrill from the idea of what they could achieve if they worked together. Sometimes it's brilliant, like when Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett teamed up to do Good Omens. Sometimes it's inspiring, like the pop music wonder that was "We Are the World." Sometimes it's overwhelming, like the 1992 Olympic basketball Dream Team. Sometimes it's Damn Yankees ...more
Matt Smith
Apr 25, 2015 Matt Smith rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2015, comics
Alright. Full disclosure: this has the potential to go full curmudgeon. Warnings abound.

I fell off comics a couple years ago. At the height of my reading (mid college) I was reading about 10-12 issues a week. It killed my wallet and when I needed to trim back I realized how many books I was reading out of mild interest or obligation. First falling into comics is an experience of discovery and excitement. Few things crackle like the discovery of this deep mythology and people playing in it nonsto
Jim C
Jul 19, 2016 Jim C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of probably a once in a lifetime event. The Marvel universe meets the DC universe. What else could any comic book enthusiast ask for?

In this one we have Krona who seeks knowledge about the births of universes and in the process ends up destroying them. He comes to our little universe and ends up crossing the DC universe with Marvel's universe.

The story itself probably wasn't the strongest but one can get past that without any problems. I believe part of the problem that ther
Sep 22, 2009 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's hard to fathom the difficult task of writing a JLA/Avengers tale. What massive, otherwordly force could a writer come up with that would prove to dispell both DC and Marvel's greatest heroes? But, if said writer is willing to tackle the endeavor, he/she can't expect anything but high expectations. That's why JLA/Avengers is ultimately such a disappointment. Envisioned in the hands of a writer like Geoff Johns, this property could have been one of the greatest stories ever told. Instead, wha ...more
Aug 15, 2016 TaB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando me propuse leer este crossover, realmente no esperaba encontrarme con una historia tan buena, sino más bien con un equivalente a lo que en las películas sería una producción "taquillera" o el más moderno término, al menos por estos lares, "pochoclera", no tanto contenido, pero acción y diversión a raudales. Lo cierto es que esto último lo tiene y de sobra, pero a la vez, es un cómic realmente original con una trama auténtica y muy bien hilvanada por detrás. No es solo poner al Capitán Amé ...more
May 12, 2009 Terry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I like most about JLA/Avengers is that it shows the differences between the DC and Marvel Universes free from rampant fanboyism which directs most conversations on the matter.

The two universes have collided many times since the 1970s, usually in one-shot deals where two heroes fight each other before uniting against a team of supervillains. But those have always felt like the mildest form of fan service.

DC versus Marvel Comics took the concept a bit further, but JLA/Avengers is less concer
Dave Brown
Jan 24, 2013 Dave Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the past 20 years, there have been two major crossovers between DC and Marvel: DC vs. Marvel and JLA/Avengers. The DC vs. Marvel crossover came out in the mid-1990s and was an absolute product of its time. And while it was fun to read, the story was ridiculously convoluted and something that obviously never took place within the continuity of either company. The idea for the JLA/Avengers crossover started back in 1979 but due to a slew of issues, the series didn't come out until 2003-2004. Un ...more
Mar 16, 2009 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a longtime fan of George Perez's work, esp. on books with LOTS of superheroes. (I really don't think Crisis on Infinite Earths would have worked without George's clear & evocative design.) And it's no secret that I'm coming to believe that Kurt Busiek is the best writer in comics today.

So when the two of them "cross the streams" of DC's Justice League & Marvel's The Avengers, my expectations were pretty high. And, for the most part, they met them.

Though the standard crossover plot (
Jun 10, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I was on the fence as to whether to read this or not - that is, until I realized who'd written and who'd drawn it. I've yet to read something by Kurt Busiek I don't like, and George Pérez is probably the only possible choice for a book like this.

The JLA and the Avengers first face off against each other and then fight together, and it's just - well, really, really cool. Even despite the immense scope of this story and the hugeness of the cast there are still many small but great character moment
May 26, 2014 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last Marvel/DC crossover (at least for a while) brings together the two great teams featuring each universe's greatest heroes. Wonderful story, great art, does a nice job of highlighting the differences between the two different approaches to portraying superheroes. Recommended, especially for comic book fans.
Chris Lemmerman
Yes, it's a little dated, yes, there are a lot of text boxes and yes, the plot is a little over-wrought, but in order to bring the heroes of two worlds together in one gloriously drawn and full of epic moments storyline, I'm willing to overlook all of that. This still holds up as a great story, and Marvel and DC couldn't have chosen a better creative team to pull this off.
Aaron Alvarez
While I adore Perez and Busiek, this book is plagued by many problems. The story feels a bit schizophrenic due to the creative team still wanting to have the "classic" JLA/Avengers team up. The main goal just seems unimportant and the biggest problem is that Superman comes off like a self righteous asshole. Some nice moments, but otherwise forgettable.
Dec 22, 2008 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is basically pure eye candy for superhero fans. Don't expect anything deep or profound about the genre. Just enjoy a team-up crafted by some obvious fans and you'll be fine.
This is... The Perfect Comic Book
Alex Andrasik
Can we just get Kurt Busiek and George Perez to do every comic ever? I don't think anyone would have cause to complain (except them).

This collection is truly magnificent. Yeah, you could write it off as another entry of that tired comic book trope of "heroes meet, heroes fight, heroes work together to beat the true menace." And you could complain that (spoiler alert) as an object of wish-fulfilling, cross-company "event" marketing, everything just gets reset in the end--and indeed, none of it ma
Michael Emond
Nov 14, 2014 Michael Emond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wavered to give this five stars because the art deserves ten stars. My gosh, George Perez, no words can express the work he did here. The sheer amount of detail, composition, research, wonder, majesty. And it is all perfectly clear for each panel no matter how small or large. To be able to follow the action with all the detail and action and figures is a work of genius. I have seen lesser artists who can't keep things clear with only two figures in the panel let alone the dozens Perez balances ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 30, 2011 Ubalstecha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
The cross over between the JLA and Avengers has been in the works for years. An earlier version even got as far as pencilling (ironically enough by George Perez) before it was cancelled. This one finally brings together two of the biggest teams of comics. And because it's superhero comics, there has to be fighting, so we get to see Thor and Superman duke it out, and Wonder Woman and She-Hulk. The best of these is Green Arrow and Hawkeye, although Green Arrow comes out the worst of that. Initiall ...more
Victor Orozco
Sep 18, 2015 Victor Orozco rated it liked it
Having originally read DC vs Marvel, I have to admit seeing another story with the minds of the greatest comic book universes is an amazing adventure.

I got to admit seeing Krona as the main villain is an interesting stretch to say the least as he once again attempts to find out the origin of the Universe.

The rest of the story goes as the heroes of each universe wondering what's going on as they slip between universes. Learning the bits and pieces of what makes their world different.

Its neat know
Luis Ortiz-martinez
This comic brings about the two power houses of comics. We see how a unknown force attacks two places asking for the answers. Both planets are destroyed. Marvel heroes battle the staro and some heroes fall under the control but come on top. We see dc defend a town from a conqueror and a swell come on top. We see the grand master and the unknown force bet on who will win. Later on we see how the game moves on. The heroes must battle each other and obtain artifacts to save their universe. So far m ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Jan 21, 2014 Callie Rose Tyler rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dc, marvel
This comic has a lot going on and at times felt like the author just threw in everything including the kitchen sink, especially during the 4th issue of the volume, the big fight scene, random villains were just being thrown in your face, oddly many were not what I would consider big names. many of the pages are just overwhelming due to the sheer amount of characters crammed into the panels.

This story is a crossover that strives to be epic, and it was even if it was borderline chaotic at times.
Nov 13, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this 4-episode arc in the single hardcover edition. It didn't take but 2 hours to get completely through the book, but it would have taken less if I didn't stop and take in the artwork, the combinations of characters from the two comic worlds, seeing my favorite DC and Marvel characters first battle, then was something I have always wanted to happen and didn't realize until recently it did several years ago.

Imagine if you will....who do you think would win each of th
Chris Robertson
May 19, 2016 Chris Robertson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To pull off a mega-event crossover like this, you need it in capable hands. Marvel and DC have crossed over many times, with mixed results (who thought Amalgam characters would be a good idea?). The dynamite team of Busiek and Perez manage to keep all the balls in the air for a fun and satisfying story. The increased page count of each issue helps: the story doesn't feel rushed. There is room for some interesting relationship dynamics: Batman/Captain America's exchange in the Batcave is fantasti ...more
Luis Reséndiz
Jan 23, 2015 Luis Reséndiz rated it it was ok
creo que este crossover nació envejecido. recuerdo, de niño, leer las notas en wizard sobre el esperado cruce entre la jla y los avengers: los fans hardccore llevaban esperándolo desde principios de los ochenta, que fue cuando se anunció. el crossover no se concretó sino hasta 2003, incluso después de marvel vs. dc y amalgam comics, que hacían lo que hace este crossover pero de mejor y más bonita forma, con mayor ingenio y con un repertorio de artistas, ideas, perspectivas mucho más rico y ampli ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Ron rated it it was ok
The artwork by the ever amazing George Perez is the only reason to look at this piece of crap. Busiek has never been a good writer, and the series serves as nothing more than a copyright ploy to allow both companies to give an appearance to just about every character they've ever created (see the wrap around cover by Perez on issue #3). The plot is a very trite, good vs. evil play, and the dialogue is abysmal, with characters doing nothing more than saying the names of other characters that thos ...more
Sep 24, 2008 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got around to reading this. While it wasn't quite as great as I'd hoped, there's still a lot to like about this. It's a big, fun cosmic adventure that's pretty light on plot and heavy on action. It's obvious that Kurt Busiek really wanted to cater to decades of fanboy musings over how characters from one universe would fare against those from the other. Favorite moments include Batman's off-page takedown of The Punisher and his stalemate with Captain America. (I especially enjoyed the fa ...more
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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