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Justice: Volume 1 (Justice #1)

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Comic superstar Alex Ross's epic adventure featuring the World's Greatest Super-Heroes vs. the World's Greatest Super-Villains -- now in paperback.

The Justice League of America is reimagined by fan-favorite painter Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME) and writer Jim Krueger (Earth X, Universe X) with pencil art by Doug Braithwaite (Paradise X) in this new softcover collecting the fi

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Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by DC Comics (first published September 13th 2006)
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Keith
So this is the sort of thing that will be like, A) totally irrelevant to most people, B) a head-nodder for some, and C) a head-shaker for the rest, but like, I'm never really gotten the Justice League.

I get Batman, you know, because I love Batman, and so I figure that if people can love other superheroes the way I love Batman, then sure, it makes sense for people to be big fans of Superman flying around having Superman adventures and Wonder Woman having Wonder Woman adventures and all the rest,...more
Sesana
If all the world's supervillains, or even most, were to band together, the heroes would be in trouble. And that's exactly what happens in Justice. Inspired by a dream of superheroes being powerless to save earth from catastrophe, and lead by Brainiac and Lex Luthor, the villains systematically target the heroes one by one, while at the same time using their abilities to benefit humanity. Poison Ivy makes the desert bloom, for example. Of course, they're up to something.

Luthor himself raises an i...more
Zainab
Recently I have decided I must branch out my reading of superhero comics to include characters other than Batman. The thought of going cold turkey terrifies me a little, so I've decided to begin with a foray into JLA titles in which Bats is still present. I got given the final volume of Justice a couple of months back and decided it sounded interesting enough to merit buying the preceding volumes. Two weeks of scouring Ebay later, I had the whole set in my clammy hands. First of all, I must admi...more
Tina
"When you write an antagonist, you always write him, in his mind, as the protagonist. That means, every villain of a story, to be a good villain, must believe himself to be the hero. Not the villain at all."

In his foreward in this book, Jim Kreuger speaks about how he writes a villain and what he has learned about writing effective villains. This really caught my attention because this is what I have always believed when I read a book that features a pronounced antagonist. I really can't stand...more
S
Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithwaite do the seemingly impossible and told the Super Friends' first ever legitimately cool story.

Can't really say how without spoiling it, so I'll just talk about the pictures.

In Justice, Ross paints over Braithwaite's pencils but many of the characters (especially their faces) look like pure Ross. This has me curious about the original pencils: did Braithwaite draw the characters while aping Ross's style, or did Ross disregard Braithwaite's faces and do hi...more
logankstewart
Justice: Volume 1 takes everything we knew about in the DC comic world and turns it on its head. The Intro note from the author is intriguing and well written, and poses a few great points, most importantly that a well-written villain is acting "right" in his own mind, while a hero is acting "right" in his own mind.

That said, Justice begins with a thought-provoking mindset. The premise of the series is that the world's Super Villains decide to join together and do good in the world, kind of like...more
Jerry Pinkard
Awesome writing, awesome handling of the characters, and, as always, the life-like art of Alex Ross seems to bring more life to them than a lot of the current movies. When Ross handles the DC Universe, particularly the icons(Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, even the villians), I am often reminded of old Greek Mythology and how fascinating those stories and characters have always been. Could our comic book heroes be the same to us as the stories of Zues and Hercules were in ancient times? Hmm. Mod...more
Brittany
I read "Kingdom Come" first and really liked that, so when I found this I decided to check it out. The art style is still great - I love that the women are pretty muscular and how proportionate all the characters look (all the guys are still a bit funny-looking).

Overall, the story was somewhat enjoyable. It fell apart a bit over time. Every issue seemed to be leading up to something and it kind of led to half-second conspiracy explanations that were kind of off-putting and a bit of a let-down. O...more
Derwin
This novel changed my views on Superheroes.

...imagine if the Supervillains are the cops and the authority, to help people in need.
...and imagine if the Superheroes are the terrorists and murderers, it's crazy I know.

*Spoiler*

...and to actually witness the death of Superman, using ones imagination, really is unbearable to continue on.
****


...a must for fans of DC Comics.
Matej
First book in the Justice maxi series has a pretty interesting concept that includes the entire DC Universe.
Jim Krueger does a great job writing most of the superheroes, and even better one writing their super villain counterparts.
The art by Alex Ross is brilliant, and manages to put this superhero world, that is usually depicted in a more cartoonish way, closer to the real world.
The only downside is that the story seems so big that this is just scratching the surface.
I am most likely buying the...more
Batsap
I had this book hanging around for ages before I finally decided to read it and when I did, I wondered why on Earth I hadn't gotten around to it sooner.

From the first page I was drawn in by the beatiful drawings - the line art and paints combining perfectly to make panels that I happily spent whole minutes poring over before remembering there was actually dialogue to go along with the scene; some of the most beautiful panels appearing in Aquaman's underwater scenes. Which is not to say that the...more
Rod Hilton
"Justice" doesn't work for me. This is not a story about impending disaster, or some huge threat to Earth that the Justice League must band together to fight. Instead, what happens here is that all of the DC Super-villains get together and work out a master plan to destroy all of the Justice League. Page by page, their plan plays itself out, only to be thwarted with some hand-wavey powers of JLA members.

In other words, what's being attacked here is the JLA itself, not the planet which the JLA m...more
Justyn Rampa
I almost loved the author's notes more than the entire story because I found his discussion of what makes a villain quite fascinating and thought provoking. His story, the story of Justice is told in three relatively short volumes so to be fair I think I will have to do a big review once I finish all three.

However, I am done with the first volume and would like to share some of my thoughts. On one level, the story is genius! Why don't superheroes just makes the world a better place and try and s...more
Erik
Imagine that Earth’s greatest super-villains – collectively known as the Legion of Doom courtesy of that great Challenge of the Super-Friends series from back in the late 70s and early 80s – decide to one-up their heroic better halves by offering humanity a chance for a better life. Yes, you read that right. The premise of this brilliantly executed 12-issue series, now reprinted in three beautifully hardbound volumes, puts the villains in the spotlight as the promised saviors of humankind’s ills...more
Peter
Nov 09, 2008 Peter rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: morons, idiots, and mental defectives
Recommended to Peter by: nobody
I'm glad I got this out from the library, because I'd have been pretty annoyed if I'd paid for this utterly uninspiring and unmemorable piece of work.

What is it about DC and Marvel that they simply CANNOT publish a memorable or well-written comic or miniseries unless one of a very small number of writers is part of the project? At this point, if it's not by Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman, my expectations are virtually nil.

I read the whole series - volumes 1, 2, and 3. What was it about? The bad guys...more
Caro
A head's up for the true comic-con-ers, this review is from a 'newbie' and a venture into my hubby's world. First off, I was very impressed with this graphic novel. I liked the story line, although I still know the catch is gonna come up - it HAS to, and the characters. Although I know pretty much all of the players, some were a little confusing. I liked the bios after the issues, it cleared up the little I was behind about during the book. The art was amazing. Just great. I think I may have spe...more
Joseph
It's hard to review this without being able to read the second half of the story. Alex Ross' art is, as usual, beautiful, and the premise of the story, that all the super-villains have banded together to save the world, is very interesting.

I assume that when this series ends, the status quo will be resumed, and the villains will again be working for the usual selfish or evil motives, but it would be interesting to see the DC Universe try to stick this out, with both villains and heroes trying to...more
Sophie
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Megan Nebeker
All the villains of the Justice League band together to start "saving" the world. They track down and try to destroy each superhero because they only saved people with their powers, and they did not try to make the world a better place. Now Luthor, the Riddler, Poison Ivy, and others have combined forces to discredit the superheroes and to become the next generation of good guys.

This was my first superhero comic, and my second graphic novel. I really enjoyed it. I can't say the story was particu...more
Julie
Jul 22, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rian, Nat, all JLA fans
Shelves: graphic-novels
I need the next volumes.

Like, right now . I love, love, love the concepts they're tackling here, and honest to god, I almost started crying when I described the opening chapter to my friend -- something is just hitting me very hard about this series, about what it must be like for superheroes to feel helpless. Because then it means their entire freakin' purpose is gone.

The legitimacy of justice, the obligations behind superpowers, the reasoning behind the actions of supervillains... Man. These a...more
Gavin
First of all, this is a 3 Volume set, and I did read all 3 in order, which is good. I would have been totally lost. Secondly, this is GORGEOUS. Alex Ross has done great work before, but he's pretty much been handed the entire DC roster to do with as he wants; I for one am very happy he did. In addition to being beautiful to look at, the storyline isn't too bad either: The super villains of the world all wake up with the same nightmare/dream in their head every time they sleep: the apocalypse str...more
Mark
The series starts off strong... but while the art remains gorgeous throughout, the storyline slows down & sputters to an end. (review of all three volumes)
Kat
Lavish artwork and an interesting premise (What if all the supervillains had a dream that the world was going to be destroyed and the Justice League was helpless...so the villains start trying to save the world?) makes this an intriguing start to a new series. Hoping to read the next installment soon!
Laura
The graphics are great. There seemed to be a bit of everyone in this book - a heap of the Justice League and an abundance of their enemies (incidentally, there was some character profiles (mostly villains) in the back that helped me out because I am still not incredibly knowledgable of all the different heroes and villains). Yes siree, all the main guys made an appearance. The story line is hard to critique, because it is really only a beginning, so I will have to read the remaining two volumes...more
Ubalstecha
The villains of the DC Universe have been having nightmares about the end of the world and how the heroes can't stop it. So they band together for two purposes, 1) to save mankind by performing acts of good and 2) stop the apocalypse by stopping all the heroes.

In this first volume we see hero after hero fall to the onslaught of villains. It is a bit depressing watching the icons of my childhood fall so easily to the onslaught of the badguys. If it had been this easy, wouldn't it have happened be...more
Ian Roditi
¿Y qué si los malos decidieran salvar al mundo?
Jason
Such an amazing book for the art alone.
Twohundred
This is hands-down the best graphic novel I have ever read.
It is beautiful, terrifying, and real in both visual and emotional ways.

The moral lessons (the reason for mythic tales in the first place) are intelligent, true to its own history, and very well-done. They bring the characters and their motives back to their origins.

This is the book that sealed its authors' revered places in history forever.

I have it on my iPad, and the ability to zoom in on the vivid art is a major advantage over print...more
Chris
I picked up the complete run of this series in single issues and was blown away. Alex Ross's art work is enough of a reason to pick this book up. However the story telling sets it apart as well, since it is extremely well written and complex. Despite some of the confusing plot points at times it defiantly worth reading for any fan of DC comics and a must have for collectors.
Claire
This volume of Justice has a compelling story, but it'd be worth a read just for the art.

The pencils by Doug Braithwaite painted by Alex Ross are really beautiful. I'm used to painted covers on graphic novels, but having the whole comic painted gives it a different quality than most. I hesitate to call it more artistic, but the images feel deeper.

I can see the influence Norman Rockwell had on Ross. Very cool.
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