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JLA: The Deluxe Edition, Vol. 4

(Justice League #Deluxe 4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  21 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
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tower of Babel saves the day.
Joshua Adam Bain
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the last volume failing to grab my attention the same way as the first 2 volumes of Morrison's run had, I was pleasantly at ease when I realised how epic this final volume was going to be.

And it's exactly that; EPIC AS HELL!

This is everything Morrison and Porter had been working towards and I'm so glad to say they knocked it out of the park. Such an enormous scope that had me unable to put the book down. This is everything I love about Morrison's work; it's unique in a way where the bad g
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 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A literally stellar ending to one the best superteam comics I've ever read. There's something so satisfying about watching a writer take all the various individual threads from a long run on a comic and weave them together into an explosive final story. After all of the massive stakes Morrison's been dumping on the JLA throughout his run, he somehow manages to make them even larger and more dire in this volume, and the payoff is awe-inspiring. I loved it.

Morrison accomplishes this by hitting the
Alex E
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there was one word to describe this book, its Epic.

There are two major story lines in the book, both which are surrounded by smaller one shot issues. I really enjoyed this because the two story lines really run the gamut of what kind of stories can be told with this type of team.

First, there is the big, sci fi type story, called World War III written by Grant Morrison. This is one of Morrison's largest stories, in terms of scale. All characters from the JLA team return to battle a New Gods
Man, this collection is something. World War III - probably the single best Justice League story ever; I don't think much beats this for sheer scale, creativity, and wonder. It's a fantastic arc in its own right, and a *fascinating* premonition of much of Morrison's later work, with a lot of moments and concepts being expanded on or reimagined/twisted in future projects (All-Star Superman, the finale of Action Comics, Batman in Bethlehem, and Thunderworld Adventures, to name a few), and a really ...more
Henry Blackwood
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thé ending of the Morrison run was terrific. I think it might’ve been his best story he had on the run, I like how it encompassed everything he used in the run inside the story. It was a really nice touch.

I was not too fussed on the issues written by the authors other than Morrison and Waid. They were very meh stories to me.

And as for Waids legendary Tower of Babylon storyline? I mean, do I need to say anything about it? Those 4 issues on their own almost make me give this whole trade a 5 star r
Arnab Chakraborty
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
Liam Martin
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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The more Batman, the better.
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. ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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God damn I wish Ed McGuinness or Frank Quitely did all 4 volumes. This one was easily the best volume because of them.
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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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