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JLA Classified, Vol. 6: That Was Now, This is Then (JLA Classified #6)

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The classic creative team of Roger Stern and John Byrne reunite for this tale from JLA CLASSIFIED #50-54! The Justice League faces a foe who's out for revenge – but The World's Greatest Super Heroes have no record of ever battling him before!
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 21st 2008 by DC Comics
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed wallowing in the nostalgia of this. Roger Stern and John Byrne are one of my favourite creative teams ever, and it’s always fun seeing the classic Justice League. John Byrne’s art throughout was gorgeous to look at, makes any character look so good. Love his Flash, Superman, and Batman especially.
The story, told across two different time frames but with the same villain is decent enough, with a little social commentary on religion thrown in, though hardly essential.
Fun read, and would
Feb 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Collecting JLA: Classified #50–54, this volume is a five issue collaboration between comics superhero legends and many times collaborators Roger Stern and John Byrne, and it shows why this team is so successful.

The story is told in two time periods, with #50 and #52 set in the present, #51 and #53 set in the past, and the final resolving both interlinked stories by telling the ending of both in upper and lower layer tiers of panels on each page.

In the present, Green Lantern (John Stewart), J'onn
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superheros
The way the story was laid out flipping back between two time periods with two versions of the team was interesting. It was a little confusing toward the end, but there were enough visual cues to keep it straight. Just could have flowed better I think.

The story itself wasn't very interesting though. The characters were more intriguing than the plot and the heroes were definitely more interesting than the villian. I was drawn in by the cover and thought it would more about time travel or alterna
Nov 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
A monster from the JLA's past returns to wreck havoc on earth. The problem, the current JLA line up has none of the members that fought the monster last time so they have no idea what's going on or how to beat him.

Lots of fun as we bounce back and forth between the past story and now for a great big save the world, everybody gets to do something, action adventure that reminds me of both the Justice League cartoon and how much fun the JLA can be when somebody remembers we read about them because
Phillip Goodman
thematically interesting but overall a tad forced, clumsy and even artistically and compositionally goofy in places, none the less, once you get into it, you really want to finish it. for all of its faults, in telling two linked stories side by side, it has an element of narrative innovation, or at least novelty (and i use that word in its most positive form) it would have been interested for it to have a third story line alongside them, which i will only refer to as the 'temptation' line, in or ...more
Michael Wilson
Feb 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Yawn. Deadly combination of the old "mysterious foe who we don't care about from the past" and Byrne's artwork which "Jumped-the-Shark" sometime in 1986. The concept could have been interesting... comparing and contrasting the Justice League of 10 years ago vs. the one of the the "current day" but the book really didn't take advantage of any of that. Pass on this one. Don't even borrow it to read... not worth the time.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
The first issue was ok but the rest of the series soon degenerated into a dull slugfest. At this stage the only thing that could make the book worse was if they decided to tell the same story twice. Unfortunately that is exactly what they did. To compound the tedium the last issue beggars belief as they try to wrap up both story arcs simultaneously. Try watching two TV programmes at once for a comparable experience.
Mar 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
An old-fashioned superhero romp - one does you good every now and then.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
The JLA faces a foe from times past in times present. The religious overtones are given a mere mention in favor of portraying a battle in two different JLA eras - and suffers because of it.
Dec 01, 2009 rated it liked it
Rather disappointing. An un-compelling enemy let to a bunch of predictable punch-fights with no real tension or drama.
Feb 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Proof that the "heroes need to refuse to be overlords" trope can be well done without evil alternate versions of the heroes succumbing to temptation.
Feb 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
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I don't really know what made me think that this one would help me get into the JLA. I've never been able to and this one was just as dull as the rest.
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