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Absolute Justice (Justice #1-3)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
They are the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. But the members of the fabled Justice League of America are about to learn they aren't the only ones who can band together toward a common goal. The deadliest criminal masterminds of our time appear to be acting in concert — with a surprising plan that seeks to achieve more good than the JLA ever could!

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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published November 17th 2009 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2008)
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Sam Quixote
Jan 05, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lotta spoilers in this review so if that’s an issue for you, so long!

Justice is so bad. Does every comic Alex Ross does the main art for suck so completely? It encapsulates everything I hate about books in general, but especially superhero comics: it’s boring, overcomplicated, excessive, stupid, repetitive, overlong, and extremely pointless.

I’m jumping the gun and I’ll circle back to these points later but first let’s get this semi-positive critique that I’ve seen in EVERY review of
MINI REVIEW: I started by reading this in parts and then saw it was all in one volume so I started over to get the full experience. The JLA opponents believe the world is doomed unless they take over which includes eliminating the JLA members. They proceed to do so but don't take into account the reserve JLA members who participate in making sure it doesn't fully happen (come on you expect the JLA to be wiped out no way this is a spoiler). Aquaman finally gets some nice scenes as do a few other ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this is the sort of thing that like, A) will be totally irrelevant to most people, B) will be a head-nodder for some, and C) will be 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 an
Sep 02, 2015 Jbainnz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So that was a hefty read. Might need to sit down and contemplate life now.

The first time I read Alex Ross' Kingdom Come I was somewhat disappointed. I didn't hate it, but I also didn't understand why it was so revered as a classic. It wasn't until I read it or a second time that I fell head over heels for it. For some reason all the subtle moments in the story were lost on me the first time round. And if I'm being completely honest, this will be the case here as well. It's not that I thought thi
The first time I read this I didn't truly appreciate how brilliant this is. This was so much better the second time.. the story is fantastic and the art is amazing. This deserves to be recognized (and it is) as one of the best DC graphic novels of all time.
Oct 30, 2015 Jaleesa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like it sorta dragged at times but I still really enjoyed it over-all. The artwork is absolutely stunning!
Jesse A
Jul 24, 2015 Jesse A rated it liked it
Fine volume with obviously great art. Only complaint is that it went on perhaps a bit too long.
Justice makes me think of rock bands that are comprised of very good musicians and whose singers are bad enough to compromise the quality of their work.
The aesthetics of Justice are absolutely gorgeous, a real treat for the eyes. Alex Ross and Dougie Braithwaite captured the essence of the characters in the most impressive manner. On the other hand, the story was not nearly as good as I was hoping it to be. Some parts of the plot had a lot of potential (Hal Jordan being transported to the farth
Apr 05, 2013 Cale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Ross does some amazing artwork, and this book is no different. Unfortunately, the story doesn't stand up as well as Marvels or Kingdom Come, or and of his Retro City work. The story is weird, in that it manages to not seem as epic when reading it as the story intends to be. It's huge, spanning most old and new Justice League characters, and numerous villains. But it doesn't pull together like it should, and the last issue or two in particular seem very muddy and unfocused. It has some great ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Ayshbot rated it liked it
Normally, I almost can't flip through pages fast enough when I read comics. I'm way too eager to see what happens next. But the stunning art here forced me to slow down and savor every panel.

The plot was intricate and thought-provoking, but ultimately bummed me out. There's something depressing about seeing superheroes fighting for their OWN survival, especially on a PR level. It seems so beneath them, since they're supposed to be tackling larger-than-life problems.

That said, I had a lot of fun
Paulina Sanchez
Dec 26, 2015 Paulina Sanchez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story, it was impressive how so many superheroes and villains were part of this story while keeping the story concrete. I haven't read many comics but this I definitely liked. I would like to read more of Wonder Woman for sure.
I recommend this to any superhero fan who wants to learn more about other lesser known heroes and villains.
Apr 11, 2016 Ash rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The art is amazing, the story is stressful, and I loved it every step of the way.
May 02, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5. Really good, and the art by Alex Ross is phenomenal as usual.
Sep 08, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is perfectly fine. It is just so awesome to look at any art by Alex Ross.
Oct 17, 2016 Reme rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-2016
Christopher Rush
This is a pretty good yarn. Alex Ross's painting is a real highlight, as it usually is. The "story" is admittedly thin: the super-villains get the super-heroes out of the way and pretend to be humanity's saviors, but then the super-heroes regroup and save the day for real (I hope that didn't spoil anything, saying "the good guys win in the end"). Thus it's not a complicated story with layers on layers, but after reading a couple of collections that tried to hard to be multilayered and failed ...more
Nov 14, 2011 Gaisce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Justice is a return to old school DC, where the original vanguard face off against some of their most memorable foes. The plot is an old concept turned on its head. What if their dangerous villains banded together like the Justice League, forming a coallition that rivals or even surpasses their heroic counterparts. The really interesting set up is that they initially seem altruistic in their motives to cooperate and become greater heroes than their old foes. The villains have received distressin ...more
Alex Sarll
Alex Ross does a Justice League epic*, with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies. When characters are posing or soaring, they've never looked more iconic - and this doesn't just go for money shots like Metamorpho's face as he enters the Fortress of Solitude, but for little things like the compassion on Captain Marvel's face when he sees what's happened to his greatest enemy. Similarly, while we all know how good his Superman and Wonder Woman look, second-string characters are every bit ...more
Shawn Birss
Jul 03, 2015 Shawn Birss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book for those who enjoy the noble times of superheroes past, when heroes were righteous and villains corrupt. Still, each character does have their own motivations, strengths, and weaknesses, such that we believe the actions of Lex Luthor and Brainiac are justified to their own satisfaction. Almost all the characters in the DC pantheon are represented, even the lesser known ones (though I missed Swamp Thing and Catwoman, two of my favourites). These are the characters at their most ...more
Joaquin Garza
Hablando de leer cómics en este último par de décadas, es muy fácil perderse o sentirse apabullado por historias torcidas e inextricables. O por lo menos francamente oscuras. Al más lego en esto probablemente sólo le suene saber que en 1992 Superman murió por nosotros y a los nueve meses resucitó. Unos cuantos sabrán que a Batman el brutal Bane le rompió la espalda y lo dejó paralítico, por lo que el caballero de la noche hubo de dejarle la chamba a un sádico que mataba con gusto, sólo para ...more
Oct 21, 2013 sabisteb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Anders als normale Bücher, die ich sonst lese, besteht ein Comic aus zwei Elementen, die stimmen müssen: Geschichte und Illustrationen. Hier leider ein Beispiel von zwei komplett unterschiedlichen Extremen. Die Zeichnungen von Alex Ross sind kleine Meisterwerke. Aquarelle voller Details, wunderschön anzusehen, selbst in den großen Schlachtendarstellungen (auch wenn die Helden ihre Unterhosen über den Trainingsanzügen tragen ;-))
Die Geschichte jedoch ist platt, amerikanisch, peinlich, obwohl sie
Jan 28, 2014 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A sprawling series encompassing the bulk of the D.C. universe, much in the vein of Darwyn Cooke's "A New Frontier." Here a gathering of villains has a shared vision of the Earth being obliterated--and all the heroes being helpless to stop it.

The bad guys decide to act on their own to save the planet. They warm up with a series of miracles--terraforming drought-ruined lands while engineering new limbs for the maimed, new eyes for the blind and taking their charges into floating cities in the sky
Mar 22, 2015 Shelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was actually using this as an opportunity to read the story again. I was picking it up when the single issues were originally shipping and was having a tough time keeping up with the story since I was reading so many other books at the time. It reads much better as a complete graphic novel as opposed to the single issues. The art work for this is simply amazing. Of course cause it is Alex Ross at his finest; however, the editor needs to be fired. There are parts of the scripting that the ...more
Jerry Jose
Apr 17, 2016 Jerry Jose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine Tower of Babel, put Idendity Crisis to it, mix well with a pre Kingdom Come story. Repeat this for 12 chapters, embilish with some badass oldschool hard to fathom cinematic artwork, Voila! you got Justice .

Brilliant signature touch of Alex Ross and that guy whose name I cant pronounce, An all DC storyline involoving Justice League and Legion of Doom, and of course like always end of the world. It was much fun, far better than any average new age could offer. Artwork adds to the charm and
Ahmad Al-mahir
Mar 29, 2012 Ahmad Al-mahir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is good old-fashioned Justice League with all the classic heroes and villains in their original costumes on bright beautiful display. Reading this book is one big dose of nostalgia for me. They even managed to include a 2-page spread of the Hall of Doom which brought back memories of the 70's Super Friends cartoon!
The story is epic enough to last the 12 issues and the artwork is of the high quality one would expect from Doug Braithwaite's pencils and Alex Ross' paints. The heroes look suffi
Sep 05, 2013 Tyler rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Like Absolute Kingdom Come, this is another enormous Alex Ross DC superhero epic with a VAST cast of characters, unlike Kingdom Come this story threads a bunch of different short subplots of the main heroes of the Justice League instead of focusing on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman (though all three of them get cool moments in this). My favorite of these subplots was Green Lantern, followed by Martian Manhunter and Wonder Woman.

The basic premise of the story is that Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and
Colin Cox
Justice begins with a compelling injunction. An unidentified narrator muses, "Who decided we needed to be saved?" Several panels later, the prologue ends with earth ablaze in a cloud of destruction as Superman hovers precariously above the ruins with tears cascading across his cheek. This nightmare ends with a myriad of DC supervillains waking from this horror. This, regrettably, is where the book begins to lose me, I just didn't know it at the time.

While Alex Ross's art is spectacular (surpris
Victor Bruneski
Alex Ross stories tend to be alike, even if he isn't the writer. The action is usually comic universe wide, with Heroes and Villians, great and small taking a role in the story. This one seemed to be poorer then a few others I have read, like Kingdom Come.

Art: Each page could be a poster, and I would love some of them to be on my wall. The art is fantastic. But for me it doesn't work quite as well for a comic book. Simplier might be better. I might be just old school, but a lot of time it is har
Logan Young
May 28, 2012 Logan Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is without a doubt the most beautiful comic I have ever seen. If that was the only aspect of this comic I took into consideration, this would earn an easy 5 stars (even though sometimes the hero's faces look the same). The final climatic 100 pages are full of incredibly organized scenes of chaos. That being said, the story suffers from the usual super hero team up difficulties. Since there are so many heroes and villains that this story needs to focus on, and in order to keep up the pace, ...more
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