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Alex Ross has produced a remarkable body of work which has won him every major award in the industry. His best-known books include Kingdom Come, Marvels, Uncle Sam, and Batman: War on Crime. His artwork is collected in Titan Books' Mythology. Jim Krueger is a veteran writer/artist with work including the Earth-X series. Doug Braithwaite is a former 2000AD artist who has gained acclaim for his work on Marvel's Punisher. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Slp edition (November 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401224156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401224158
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 1.6 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on November 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Since bursting onto the comics scene in the early 1990s with "Marvels", Alex Ross has come to be associated heavily with a nostalgic style of writing that focusses heavily on the Golden, Silver, and early Bronze Ages of comics (roughly, 1938 to the mid-1970s). He's also been a vocal fan of the classic 1970s DC animated series "Superfriends", and has worked elements of that into his past projects. "Justice", a twelve-part maxiseries co-written with Jim Krueger and illustrated with the assistance of Doug Braithwaite, represents this love taken to the logical extreme: a twelve-issue alternate continuity story that more or less plays out the story of "Challenge of the Superfriends", pitting the Justice League against the Legion of Doom, albeit in a more mature storytelling format, and with many, many more characters. Originally collected in four small hardcovers, something of a ripoff, this is the first time the entire story can be found in one place. Some spoilers follow.

Broadly speaking, "Challenge of the Superfriends" pitted at the title characters against an array of their rogues organized into a nefarious organization known as the Legion of Doom, episode after episode. Ross takes this basic setup, and expands on it; the League (going by its proper name here) has a considerably larger membership than it did in that period, including the Martian Manhunter, Zatanna, and longtime Ross favourite Captain Marvel - and the heroic cast just grows and grows the longer the story goes on, bringing in, among others, the Metal Men, the Teen Titans, and the Doom Patrol. The villains, too, have extended their numbers, bringing in characters like Poison Ivy and Vandal Savage.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian on April 11, 2014
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Length: 4:34 Mins
A look inside the Absolute edition as well as a review of the story itself. It's a powerful combination of Alex Ross and the worlds most powerful heroes in a story that challenges them physically, mentally and emotionally.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kaiser on January 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Physically, this book is a masterpiece. You probably already know it's an oversized hardcover with a dust jacket and a slipcase. What you might not know--and what DC should be trumpeting from every hill--is that the binding is sewn, not glued, meaning the book will lie flat at almost any page and you'll rarely struggle with text or art slipping into the gutter. It is a real joy to set a book down, walk away from it, and find the book still open to the same page. In the event that you are compelled to close the book, DC has even helpfully included a ribbon marker.

The art needs no comment. Alex Ross paints over Doug Braithwaite's pencils. You either like Alex Ross, or you don't. I think most people fall into the first camp.

The writing does need a comment or two. The script could've used another rewrite. Scenes occasionally occur with little context, leaving one scratching one's head. Sometimes this is for dramatic effect, and sometimes it even works. Dialogue can be unnaturally terse, including one exchange where a cryptic one-word question required a response that explained the question. Things are told, after the fact, instead of shown. And there are more dei ex machinis than I am comfortable with, even if some of the characters are actually blessed and watched over by the dei. The story starts out with some pretty head ideas, but abandons them in favor of a pretty generic bad-guys-team-up-and-fight-good-guys tale, the kind that leaves you scratching your head and wondering why, given a world of despots, maniacs, and evil geniuses, the Guild--er, League of Supervillains chose third-stringers like "the guy who asks questions" and "the crazy lady who dresses in dead cats" to sit at the big boys' table.

I've only skimmed the back matter.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Timothy J Walburg on April 24, 2011
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This is a hard book for me to review. I had high expectations with Alex Ross being so intimately involved with it's production. However I feel the story fell completely flat. A year later I can't remember a thing about the story. The art as always with Alex Ross is absolutely (pun intended as you'll see in a moment) gorgeous. Alex always produces beautiful stuff and having it in oversized format is a huge treat.

I give this book three stars as it is an average between the art and the story. I'll have to revisit it soon and see if my expectations were too high on my first reading. I had waited through the hardcover and then the softcover releases knowing that it would eventually get the Absolute treatment. So my long wait didn't have much of a payoff.

I would love to be able to give Amazon 5 stars on the service involved in getting this book. The copy I received had pages stuck together during the printing and binding process. Subsequently I damaged the book prying the pages apart. Amazon sent me a new copy that had the same issue. Needless to say Amazon did right by the second copy too. Kudos to the folks at Amazon and their great return policies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juan Vargas on September 7, 2010
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I began reading comics about a year ago and decided that this type of colected format was best sutted for boeth my reading style (which falls more in line with novel length books rather than the short story format a regular comic strip provides). Wanting to get some super hero stuff I decided that the JLA was probably a safe bet and this ark sounded boeth interesting and fun. I was right on all accounts. Once I began reading this, I couldnt stop. The story is really fun (if you like super hero stuff), the art is awe inspiring and the plot felt rewarding. Those first few pages set the tone for an awsome super hero ride.

The Book it self was... waaaay bigger than I expected, check the size detail before you purchase!, so it doesnt happen to you too. But its a beatifull, elegant book. The large printing really helps to showcase the awsome art style and the slip case helps with the bookself placement. As I said, take mind of the size and weight of this because its a big heavy print.

I recomend this tittle to anyone interested in getting to know the DC universe, which can be a little daring to get in to, because it gives a good overall book of all the major heroes and villains of the universe as well as some insight on some of the lesser known characters. The story spotlights the bad guys quite a bit but every major name has its moment to shine. If you are new to super hero comics this is a good place to begin.
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