Justice, Vol. 1 (Justice #1)
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...more
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
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
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
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
Luthor himself raises an i...more
This was my first superhero comic, and my second graphic novel. I really enjoyed it. I can't say the story was particu...more
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
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
In other words, what's being attacked here is the JLA itself, not the planet which the JLA m...more
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
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
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
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
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.
...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.
...and to actually witness the death of Superman, using ones imagination, really is unbearable to continue on.
...a must for fans of DC Comics.
It's the Legion of Doom winning over the JLA and taking the heroes to task for never making the world a better place.
The problem I had was the entire trade was just the LOD attacking everyone and offering the public a better tomorrow.
If you want to find out what happens, get the next trade. Maybe. I haven't read that one yet.
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
Story's intriguing. This is a three-volume series so a lot of setup, but looks to be better than the usual paint-by-numbers JLA tale.