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JLA: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 4

(Justice League Deluxe 4)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  408 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, and the Martian Manhunter find themselves up against a new, deadly Injustice Gang led by Lex Luthor. With the addition of Prometheus, the man who almost single-handedly defeated the JLA, as well as the General and Queen Bee, it looks as if the Justice League may lose even if they win. Also: The International Ultramarine ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by DC Comics (first published November 16th 1999)
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Nicolo Yu
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison ends his JLA run with a war to end all wars, appropriately named "World War III." The "World's Greatest Heroes" face their deadliest threat with Mageddon. A sentient doomsday engine of the Old Gods. The threat is so dire that heaven began planning for the new universe with imminent destruction of the current one.

Morrison understood that to test the world's greatest heroes he needed them fighting extinction level threats and he ended his run with his JLA facing the most destructive
Sam Quixote
Apr 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first volume of Grant Morrison’s acclaimed late ‘90s JLA series and came away thinking it was just ok and that I wouldn’t be reading any more of the series. Then, earlier this year, the Tower of Babel storyline came back into print so I thought I’d go back to the series to see if Babel really is one of the most legendary stories on Batman’s psyche ever. And… yes and no - but mostly no!

The reprinted book features a whopping 15 issues from the series with the four Tower of Babel issues
Andy 117
The Tower of Babel is a JLA story penned by Mark Waid, and it's excellent. Well worth reading. It does a fantastic job of taking the Batman character - a paranoid, almost psychopathic vigilante - and examining how his relationships with the self-appointed, godlike guardians of humanity might actually play out, despite best intentions. The villain is engaging, and there's a lot of pulpy superhero fun to be had while still taking itself seriously within its own fiction.

World War III is a JLA stor
Elinor Master of Gifs
Je suis pas vraiment fan de cette série, mais c'est apparemment un run important, et puis je ne déteste pas non plus. Donc je continue. Ici on a plusieurs histoires. J'ai beaucoup aimé World War 3 même si c'est plutôt classique, l'histoire à l'intérieur du gars malade, pareil, sympa même si ça ne me paraît pas hyper original, et Tower of Babel j'ai bien aimé, tout est un peu trop rapide (la Justice League qui se fait battre un peu trop rapidement, mais surtout qui s'en sort très vite et facileme ...more
May 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extraña decisión editorial de Dc para conformar éste volumen. El primer número está dedicado a explicar el porqué la Jla no se involucra en lo que fue No Man's Land en los títulos de Batman de finales de los noventas. Explicación floja y queda descolgado de lo que venía siendo en si la Jla. El siguiente número sirve de plataforma para la última gran saga de Morrison. Me dio la sensación de estar o mal desarrollada o muy compacta. Algo está mal y no se entiende como unitario. El tercer número mis ...more
Rodrigo Tello
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Y así termina por todo lo alto la etapa de Morrison al frente de la JLA, con la mega saga "Tercera guerra mundial". Estos últimos issues mejoran sustancialmente a lo ya visto anteriormente, suponiendo un broche de oro para una etapa inolvidable de la Liga de la Justicia escrita por el genio escocés
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc-comics
The final hurrah of Grant Morrison's JLA run ends here, and his last storyline World War III might by my favorite. It takes from everything he's built up so far, and it culminates in a massive story with a giant roster of DC characters at play. This feels just as big, if not bigger than many of the benchmark events and crossovers in DC history, and I enjoyed it a lot more than Crisis on Infinite Earths. I think the big difference between the two is that while both have an insanely large scope an ...more
Ronaldo Antonio
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
De todo lo que este volúmen contiene, sin lugar a dudas lo mejor es el arco argumental de Mark Waid "Torre de Babel". En cuanto a la historia de Grant Morrison "Maggedon", me pareció una lectura muy cansina debido al exceso de dialogos y personajes que no habrían estado mal de no ser porque sus apariciones dan la sensación de ser forzadas, resultando aburridas. Son los números escritos por Waid lo que hacen este volúmen muy entretenido. Sin duda hará sentir complacidos a los fanáticos de batman.
Arnab Chakraborty
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I always enjoy Grant Morrison's JLA, but even I need to admit that World War 3 was testing my patience a bit too often, and a bit too much. Morrison's whole gameplan is to introduce wacky characters, all cosmic in scope and ideology, and then use them as deus ex machinas to win the day in the end. The reason this works for the umpteenth time is because the "solution" is not where the story is at; the thrill in reading Morrison's stuff rests in your incredulity at how effortlessly he executes his ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This feels a lot like an early draft of Final Crisis. Morrison does a good job of setting up a big, huge conflict. But the war takes place on a spiritual plane and is never really conveyed to the reader in an identifiable way. It's almost like Morrison wrote, "Assume this is an awesome battle sequence."

Then the stuff at the end has some pluses and minuses. But it all feels like a sideshow still.
Edward Davies
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of stories, thankfully all of them appear to take place in the same universe, unlike in some previous collections I've read from DC.
Michael Emond
To be clear, even though this is kind of Grant Morrison's collected run on the JLA about 40% are stories written by other writers. Mark Waid in particular writes the Tower of Babel four parter that is at the end of the volume. I'll get back to my thoughts on that "classic".
The biggest chunk of this volume is the 6 parter that wraps up Morrison's run on JLA World War III. It weaves in all the main villains he used earlier (Lex, Prometheus) and introduces Mageddon a weapon left over from the Old
Sam Poole
This was interesting. People love it, a lot, and I can kind of see why. However, Grant Morrison goes WAY overboard with his massive humongous giant finale to his JLA run. I like the idea of everyone getting Superman's powers and deciding to team up and fight Mageddon. I really, really do. But the execution of that whole MASSIVE World Ward III arc is so freaking confusing and excessive and inaccessible. Kyle Rayner, Wonder Woman, Plastic Man and Huntress actually stand out, but the secondary char ...more
Arthur Cravan
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
I like Grant Morrison. I'm pretty sure of this.

I really enjoyed the second story, though I feel the whole trust/Batman thing is brought up a lot. Doesn't matter. Was handled well.

The first story also seemed alright, but honestly, there was just way too much going on, & unless I'm retarded, I think some parts of the story weren't told the JLA storyline itself (I swear at one point Supes was passed out somewhere or fighting something somewhere, & then start of next issue suddenly in a comp
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: super-hero
Much better than the previous volume here we have a long WWIII JLA story that was ok and an excellent alternate worlds story on an Earth 2 where the JLA are the crime syndicate and Luther is one of the lone good guys trying to save his world. Fascinating idea and decent artwork. Frankly I think more could have been done with it with more philosophical analysis of how society works different when everyone expects corruption and graft and cheating is expected. We have cultures like that right now. ...more
Morrison was clearly running out of steam by the end of his tenure on JLA. WW3 is not a great story and the resolution was silly at best. The New Gods are under-utilized concerning the natire of the threat.

The one shot featuring the Atom was redundant and has been told many times over. Pass.

Mark Waid's JLA entry, Tower of Babel, is much more interesting and saves this volume. It sets up a lot that happens later in the DCU and is executed well.

The art through out the book is just atrocious. Wonde
Alex Hern
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really three books in one, the main bulk of the book finishes up Morrison's run on JLA proper. It's pretty great, but, like the rest of the run, is let down by Porter's art. To be kind to Porter, it was sort of 'of the time', but even then there were better artists around.
Not so with the other two sections, Earth 2 and JLA Classified. Frank Quitely and Ed McGuiness are two of the best artists working today.
The only reason not to pick up this book right now is that you won't be able to get volume
Scott Lee
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I forgot to mark this off when it was actually finished. This volume has Morrison's WWIII storyline, which was interesting, although it was tied largely through the New Gods, with whom I've never been terribly impressed. Still, it was a neat story, and well handled with beautiful art. It concludes with Mark Waid's Tower of Babble arc, which is an absolute classic. I LOVED that one, but my love for Waid's work in general should be no surprise to anyone who's seen my other ratings and revi ...more
Will Cooper
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh no, another epic superheroes that have to save the entire world/universe story. Except, this is Grant Morrison, so it's done exceptionally well. Smaller stories lead into bigger ones. Each character matters for everyone. Earth 2 is a really neat story in itself and is a cool introduction to the Crime Syndicate of Amerika. The last 3 issue arc is only good, instead of brilliant, but doesn't detract from the book as a whole.
Matthew Noe
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc-comics
No disrespect to Morrison... but Tower of Babel was easily the best JLA story across any of this and the volumes that came before. That story alone gives this volume a 5-star rating. Don't get me wrong - Morrison had solid work in here and I enjoyed it immensely... but it is hard to even talk about it with ToB at the end to overshadow it all.
TJ Shelby
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc
I think this may have been the best of the series so far. Some people don't like Morrison because you REALLY need to pay attention to his stories.

This volume had New Gods/Mageddon huge crisis, another Injustice League, a stand alone mini-graphic novel (JLA: Earth 2) and then the intro story arc of the JLA Classified series with the Ultramarine Corps.

I really enjoyed it.
Jesse Richards
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Mageddon story is easily Morrison's best JLA other than the Hyperclan intro. It plays to his strengths. I forgot how good the Earth 2 story was, too.
The Frank Quitely art in the Earth 2 story with the evil Batman/Superman/Wonderwoman is ridonculous (ly good).

The art looks better when I don't read the story.
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: justice-league
This book is filled with awesome stuff everywhere. It's a comic filled with spectacle throughout, just like a JLA comic should be.
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
2 stars for World War III, 4 stars for Tower of Babel.
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The more Batman, the better.

World war3 was convoluted but Tower of Babel made up for its short comings. Will read the other volumes though
Khairul Hezry
Dec 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
The Morrison & Quitely story of the Injustice League is the highlight of this collection.
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
God damn I wish Ed McGuinness or Frank Quitely did all 4 volumes. This one was easily the best volume because of them.
Jerry Whitworth
rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2012
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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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