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JLA, Vol. 3: Rock of Ages (JLA #3)

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The Justice League of America square off against Lex Luthor's band of villains, unaware that a terrible force called Darkseid is counting on the JLA's victory to ensure his own--over the entire Earth.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 18th 1998 by DC Comics (first published February 1998)
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Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, comics
I was actually reading the second deluxe edition, which contains this volume and the next one. After finishing Rock of Ages, I just didn't want to move on to the next arc, so I'll review this single volume instead. This is Morrison tapping into Jack Kirby's New Genesis mythology, and it's such a complex and confusing thing for me that I had a hard time getting through this book. It had some very cool moments, but also some of Morrison's most tedious writing traits. Overall, an okay volume, but p ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Apr 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, dc
What the hell did I just read?

This story arc started out interesting with the Justice League facing off against hologram doppelgangers created by Lex Luthor and his oh so cleverly named troupe of less than exciting villains, the Injustice Gang...

Anyways the story starts off very promising despite the stupid blue Superman.

It is hard to not enjoy a villain team up and everyone loves when heroes have to essentially fight themselves in evil hologram form. There is even a pretty cool bit where Martia
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
What was that? What had the potential of being an interesting story, got convoluted with time travel, cosmic beings, and bleak apocalyptic futures. Lex Luthor has gathered a team consisting of himself, the Joker, Circe, Ocean Master, and the Mirror Master to defeat the JLA. Oh, and he has a mystical stone that lets him basically create or change anything he thinks of. You would think that would be enough. I don't mind spoling this for you, but somehow this rock is a map of the space-time continu ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The start and ending of this were a little hard to follow, so I'm only giving it a 3. The bits with Darkseid are cool though. I'm also confused over when Wonder Woman died?
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good JLA fun and mayhem.
Manhunter on the case.
Batmna thinking ahead.
Green Lantern [Kyle] and Green Arrow [Connor] out of their depth.
Wonder Woman, Aztec [remember him] and oh yeah Plastic Man.

Nice plot, great dialogue.
Fun locations and stuff that was hinted at yet not explained.
And Plastic Man
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: old-school DC fans and New 52 haters
Shelves: comics, digital
Emm... another confusing comic from Grant Morrison which asks the question - WHAT IN THE WORLD DID I READ?
Prior to this I had read his Batman RIP and Final Crisis and I had a feeling, while reading this, that somebody's recycling his own writing. That time space continuum and Darkseid's enslavement of Earth, anti-life equations... all of it was in the Final Crisis. I know I didn't read it chronologically - and this Rock of Ages precedes Final Crisis, meaning that this was supposed to be read bef
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
With this volume I bring to an end my valiant attempt to read the JLA run by Morrison. I seriously quit. It had started well- Lex Luthor creates an Injustice League to go against the JLA. To do this he has found an alien artifact- aaannnndddd then it goes really weird. Out of nowhere Metron appears into the storyline. It seems Darkseid's coming-no wait he's here. Some of the JLA (Wonder Woman is supposedly dead-but somehow 15 years into the future she's alive? what?) go into some weird alternate ...more
Michelle Cristiani
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
YES! Thank you, Grant Morrison! Finally, a time-travel story I can follow and understand! In your face, Terminator Franchise!

Morrison does not disappoint. Everything is surprisingly crystal-clear, and organized in a way that even I can understand it. Lex and Joker are scary dudes, but Darkseid is a REALLY scary dude, and I liked the layering of villains here.

I'm only giving 4 stars though because the art is a little too busy for me, and I still have some questions. I haven't yet read a JLA wher
Mar 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this volume. I don't know what it is, but there's something about all of DC Universe's futures that I find deeply sad. (Especially when they feature Darkseid.) Perhaps it is seeing the heroes I know and love so diminished and desperate. (After all, rare is the future-verse a glimpse of something lovely. Otherwise, the story would just end right there, no?)

Anyway, I often find graphic novels a little jarring in terms of figuring out which dialog box to read first, but other than
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have no idea what just happened
Grant Morrison, one of the best comic writer ever, takes the helm of this JLA adventure. Some reviewers will tell you that it involves time travel (it does) and that it's confusing (sort of).

The time travel parts aren't hard to follow at all. Morrison, however, appears to be telling several different stories in one volume, and they do get hard to follow at times. The main story involves Lex Luthor organizing an Injustice Gang made up of himself, the Joker, Ocean Master, Circe, Mirror Master, an
Jota Houses
Nov 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic
La verdad es que no puedo con Grant Morrison. Todo le vale. Suelta ideas recicladas sin verguenza ninguna y las apila sin mas. Prometo evitarle.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one a lot for everything it just threw in: JLA (major dislike in this story set during the electric energy powered Superman dreck) versus a new Injustice Gang headed by Lex Luthor, with Joker, Mirror Master, Circe, Ocean Master, with Luthor claiming an ingenious 'corporate takeover' defeat of the JLA, and Joker being Joker. But that's not enough so Grant Morrison throws in a load of wacky: the subtitled artifact, essentially the Philosopher's Stone that can recreate all time and s ...more
Tarique Ejaz
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"There have been many Justice Leagues before this one and there has been a number of Injustice Gangs before as well, however, they did lack one thing in particular. It was the involvement of Lex Luthor."

Corporate dominance is applied by Luthor which is counteracted by a similar approach by the Dark Knight. The fact that this story has so many layers that it requires a lot of intense concentration by the reader to grasp all the happenings makes it all the more intriguing and appealing to the read
Amanda Leigh
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know much about DC Comics but my friend asked me to read his favourite comic writer in return for me introducing him to Neil Gaiman's Sandman. I know of most of the characters and their storylines but have not read more than a few Justice League comics - I believe this gives me little room to judge this particular comic based on the content of the plot. I thought the art and the writing and the characters were superb, I only knocked off a star because I had a hard time following where I ...more
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Now we're starting to see the mentally-warped Grant Morrison that so many of us love and ponder.

I find myself (a relative novice to the DC universe's minutiae) confused and put off by all the references to stuff I've never heard of (or not properly understood) - mother box? Boom tubes? are these new characters or people that DC fans are meant to recognize?

It takes some effort on my part to assume that I'm not supposed to understand the significance of all this extra layer of detail, and let myse
João Guilherme
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it

One of the most complex and best stories of Justice League .

The first time I read, I did not understand anything . I had founded confusing.

The second time, I saw how ingenious this story is . Definitely not a story for beginners, the need to read this story is to have a prior knowledge of Apokolips and New Genesis .

Lex Luthor and Batman are so brilliant here.

It has everything I like. Time travel , interdimensional travel .

The negative part is blue with white Superman I do not understand why it e
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
A big huge, cosmic story that tries too hard to keep you from noticing it is, at it's heart, just a really good Justice League vs the Legion of Doom story.

The menaces are huge, every hero gets to do something and there are lots of entertaining 'Oh, that was cool!' moments.

For all Morrison's faults as a writer, he gets what the JLA are about and injected his own warped sensibilities into some very traditional super hero stories.

Only gripes: I didn't like how he wrote Plastic man as a complete, co
Eric Mikols
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: justice-league
Enjoyable story and fun art make this an exciting read for Justice League and Morrison fans.
When a new Injustice League starts up, our heroes have their hands full but when a time travelling New God enters the scene, things really get crazy. I loved the story of Lanter, Flash, and Aquaman travelling through time and space and I know Morrison likes it as he writes about "Untime".
There are some lesser moments, surprisingly the Injustice League was not so interesting. But the future battle against
Jun 18, 2008 rated it liked it
I think I enjoyed this volume more the first time around - I'm possibly just a tad burned out on Luthor making a secret villain gang at this point, and it felt like it just went on too long. However, you do start getting some crazy Morrison level meta stuff in here, with Flash, GL and Aquaman meeting with what are basically gods on Wonderworld. I'd be surprised if some of this doesn't come back sometime this year in Final Crisis (which is why I'm re-reading them now) Also of note in this volume ...more
Craig Williams
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Despite my mixed feelings on Final Crisis, I actually really enjoyed this story! While this arc is as ambitious as one would expect from Morrison, I can't help but sense some restraint - perhaps he did not have the same liberties by this point as he did with Final Crisis, which I believe is for the best. If Morrison has any issues, it's a tendency towards the grandiose, and as such, it helps to have someone to reign him in when he goes overboard. With "Rock of Ages", he has proven he is capable ...more
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the third volume of Grant Morrison's run on the title and, again, one that was a lot of fun to read. Morrison takes all the major players of the DCU, hero and villain, and crafts an exciting superhero tale while mingling in some of his usual fare such as the occult, time travel, the nature of reality and alternate universes to make the story all his own.

Excellent for any fan of superhero books or Grant Morrison.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Con Rock of Ages finalmente Morrison ingrana la quinta e produce una saga più che buona, ricca di colpi di scena, di futuri alternativi, viaggi nel tempo, trappole, controtrappole e contrattacchi. Decisamente avvincente, recupera anche idee passate, alcune addirittura di Kirby.
Inoltre riesce finalmente a dare praticamente eguale spazio a tutti gli eroi con un effetto corale notevole, che migliora decisamente il risultato finale.
Welson Chang
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Grant Morrison when it comes to writing is either a hit or miss. Hit is a grand slam win. Miss is a caught looking to end the game. This story is a big miss. I'm a big fan of Darkseid but this story does not even utilize Darkseid to the fullest extent. Even worse, they tried to update a Jack Kirby creation in giving Darkseid a new look. I'm a Jack Kirby purist so if it ain't broke, then don't fix it.
Grant Morrison first stumble with his JLA. There's some great ideas here, but he pushes two plots together, both of which could have carried their own stories. It's not just that both plots get short shrift, it's that it robs the main plot of its urgency and the Injustice Gang of some of their villainy, as the spotlight is yanked away from them.
Oct 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Aymen Duckett
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This is literally one of the worst comic volumes you can waste your money on. First Kyle Rayner is one of the worst Green Lanterns, energy suit blue Superman is so lame but besides the worst version of DC characters but the art sucks also. Do not waste your time with this one, get Batman: No Man's Land by Bob Gale and Greg Rucka. This is Crap do not listen Kevin Smith, this sucks so much
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Yeah Grant Morrison has a mad genius mind. As such, this story arc can be a little confusing to follow. Time and space travel. Wonderworld. Cosmic gods. Metron. Batman being badass. Lame electric superman. All in all, not a bad story. Revisiting this era in DC makes me miss Kyle's early days as the lone green lantern. not to mention wally west's Flash.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Super confusing but intriguing plot has became somewhat trademark for Morrison. So there is no point of complaining about it everybody who buys his books should expect it. I was certainly expecting it.
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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