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JLA, Vol. 16: Pain of the Gods (JLA #16)

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What happens when a hero fails? Superman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, and Batman each are forced to face a time when they were unable to save an innocent or prevent disaster. The JLA members must help each other process the pain and go on with their mission... and their lives. Ages 12+.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by DC Comics
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Steve
Sep 29, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it
I really liked this collection of stories from Chuck Austen. Up until now I have only read his Superman Gog storylines, which to me were more about action than anything else. This volume is more about the themes of guilt and what happens when a superhero fails.

The story might feel a bit repetitive by showing each member going through something bad, but they manage to breathe life into with a bigger storyline about a family that is torn apart by something tragic. The Flash's storyline was definit
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Mike
Aug 13, 2011 Mike rated it it was ok
Why can't I shake the impression that this is a book of fill-in issues, each basically playing out the same story?

It's healthy and grounding to see our heroes actually stumble once in a while, but all jammed together in a row like this, it can't help but feel forced. If this was an occasional diversion from unconquerable JLA members, throughout the series, I'd feel less confronted by it, more like the natural order of things.

Thus just feels like a one-off exercise in "What If?" tales, rather tha
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Stephen Olley
Jan 16, 2015 Stephen Olley rated it liked it
What happens when superheroes stumble, when they fail and when people die?
They turn to their SuperFriends!
I enjoyed this book. Some nice moments for the characters but I agree with some of the other reviews that it does get a little repetitive.
M
Dec 28, 2015 M rated it did not like it
Chuck Austen and Ron Garney team up for a look at the Justice League in this 16th collected volume of the illustrious title. The overarching plotline discusses how superheroes cope with failure, as seen through the eyes of each Leaguer. Superman must come to terms with allowing a new hero to assist him with a building fire, as it leads to the man's accidental death. The Flash encounters the bodies of young children while evacuating a tenement and must accept that even he is not fast enough to sa ...more
Shane
May 21, 2010 Shane rated it did not like it
So this is definitely the worst JLA I've read. I see where he was going with it but it was just too repetitous. To have ALL of the characters having emotional breakdowns in the same book seemed kinda lame and unbelievable. The coolest thing about it was the villianess that kicked Wonder Woman's ass and Superman getting punched through a couple buildings by a kid with superpowers. There was also a great single frame close up of Flash's face when he saw something horrible that really conveyed his ...more
Dean
Nov 14, 2012 Dean rated it it was ok
Hard one to review this. I liked the story idea, about superhero guilt and how they cope, but the execution was just poor. I just felt the characters were twisted to suit the story, rather than the story fitting the characters. Some of the dialogue just didn't ring true either. Not all bad, but hard to recommend.
Ron Garneys art was a little inconsistent, sometimes quite rough and scratchy, other times very impressive with double page spreads...his Superman is especially good! Borrow from the lib
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Ponsius Odaga
Apr 23, 2012 Ponsius Odaga rated it it was ok
The art in this particular edition of JLA is quite impressive. But overall the writing was to formulaic over the different comics in this volume. It seemed like something that was just churned out and not give much thought
Angela
Nov 20, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
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A nice little interlude. It shows all heroes dealing with times when they were unable to save somebody. Emotional character building stuff.
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Chuck Austen (born Chuck Beckum) is an American humor novelist, comic book writer and artist, TV writer and animator. In comics, he is known for his work on X-Men, War Machine, Elektra, and Action Comics, and in television, he is known for co-creating the animated TV series Tripping the Rift.

In his most recent prose novels, Chuck Austen has been going by the name Charles Austen.
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