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JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules (JLA #17)

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In the wake of a scandal in which the JLA tampered with the minds of their foes, Batman has dissolved the team. But that doesnt change the need for heroesand with innocent citizens targeted for death, an obsessed Green Arrow desperately attempts to hold the team together. When the adventure ends, the JLA may never unite again!
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by DC Comics (first published January 1st 2005)
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Alex Sarll
In the antimatter universe, the Justice League's evil duplicates are alerted to a cosmic disturbance by their Green Lantern knock-off suddenly turning black. Seriously, that is the inciting incident for these eight issues.

Everyone knows by now that superheroes tend to come back from the dead like the rest of us come back from the shops. What's less remarked upon is that even their universes are remarkably prone to getting unmade by forces of cosmic annihilation, and then reborn with slight tweak
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Stephen Theaker
Jul 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I really wanted to enjoy this - one of the longest modern JLA stories I've read - and I did, but it still left me a little disappointed. It's Grant Morrison's fault. His, and that of the other British invaders, like Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and Alan Moore. They can't write everything (though Mark Millar gives it a good try), but few others can match them. So a perfectly decent story like this feels a bit flat because it lacks the flash, bang and sparkle of a Morrison JLA story. It's unfair: I w ...more
Feather Mista
Dec 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: A los mismos a los que les recomendé JLA: Tierra 2
Recommended to Feather by: Que era una continuación de JLA Tierra 2.
Quizás esta secuela es menos original que su primera parte "JLA Tierra 2", pero le hace honor a las ideas perpetradas por Morrison allí, y se toma la molestia de agregar varias nuevas, como la idea del "banco de favores" (¿se llamaba así?) o de ahondar un poco más en la política de esa Tierra espejada, tanto en lo físico como en lo moral, del mundo superheróico de siempre, aunque el hecho de que haya varias subtramas en paralelo confunda un poco las cosas y le quite fluidez a la lectura. De hech ...more
M
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The CSA is back! Kurt Busiek takes the JLA on a trip to confront their antimatter doppelgangers in this volume of the JLA title. After a universal reboot - which turns the previous Power Ring into an African-American to better match GL John Stewart - the Crime Syndicate realizes that the fault lies in the positive universe. Donning the costumes of their counterparts, the CSA attempts to discern the truth behind the cosmic shift while lying low. Meanwhile, the JLA has their hands full with an inc ...more
Peter
Dec 05, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: DC and comic book fans
Not great literature, but some interesting ideas and well-written; better written then the usual DC/Marvel trash. At least it didn't insult my intelligence too severely!

Plus I have to admit that I get a big kick out of seeing evil versions of Superman, Batman, and the rest. When they're handled right (as here), they're a lot of fun. And I like alternate universe stories.

I'll admit that the knowledge that DC wouldn't get too nasty with the "dark" characters added to the experience, for me. Unlik
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Greg Fisher
Jul 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Collects JLA #107-114 and a story from JLA Secret Files 2004.

The JLA vs. The Crime Syndicate of Amerika: Rematch. The CSA breaches the weakened dimensional walls to seek out the JLA who they hold responsible for a re-arrangement of their reality (In truth it was the events of the JLA/Avengers team-up story, also penned by Busiek, which was responsible). Busiek does an excellent job of building upon Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2 epic. Earth 2 isn't required reading for this tale but I highly reco
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Dan
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Gotta love any JLA story where the CSA (Crime Syndicate of Amerika) shows up to do battle. Basically, the CSA is like the evil doppelganger version of the JLA (Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick & Power Ring). Only unlike in Star Trek's mirror universe, these baddies don't sport goatees like "evil Spock" does. The CSA has completely conquered & subdues their own world and is itching for more action. The spend a few weeks battling & destroying the once great warrior planet Quo ...more
Kathleen
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
The Crime Syndicate of Amerika--evil counterparts of the Justice League from another universe--come to the JLA's reality to investigate something that has gone wrong in their universe. This leads, of course, to hilarious impersonations, ridiculous team-ups, and glorious battles. The art was both wonderful at expressing the duality of the teams, and poor in that one couldn't tell any real difference between Superwoman--Evil!Lois Lain--and Wonder Woman--Diana. Perhaps this was a stylistic choice, ...more
Steve
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Crime Syndicate of Amerika is back! This time they find out their universe has been tampered with and seek answers in the JLA's world, while a super powered ship called the Void Hound is powered by the Qwardians! Its a three way battle for supremacy in this epic volume by Kurt Busiek. Seeing the JLA in CSA's World and vice versa was very interesting, to see the parallels in their world. It was a pretty good story as well, very big in scope and tone.
Shane
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although I thought this one had some big problems with being comprehensible (especially whenever the Qwardian's got involved) it was still a lot of fun. The CSA is great, they're such bastards. It must be fun to write the big 3 without a conscience.
Angela
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
A bit disappointing, I expected something more from the crime syndicate. The story seems drawn out, and a bit boring at times.
Declan
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
It was ok. Nothing special.
Justin
Jan 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
Apparently, Kurt Busiek fell to Jeph Loeb/Grant Morrison levels of awfulness quite some time ago...
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;
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