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DC: World War III Paperback – December 5, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (December 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215040
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writers: Keith Champagne and John Ostrander Artists: Pat Oliffe, Drew Geraci, Andy Smith, Ray Snyder, Tom Derenick, Norm Rapmund, Jack Jadson & Rodney Ramos --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
As 52 raced to it's conclusion, Black Adam declared all out war on, well, everyone he could. Following the tragic events involving his beloved wife Isis and her brother Osiris, Black Adam goes on an insane rampage, leaving the heroes of the DC universe as the only thing in his path. For a majority of World War III, we get narration from the Martian Manhunter, whose confrontation with Black Adam leaves him in an altered state, and as the body count rises, heroes are faced with hard choices to make. Written by Jon Ostrander and Keith Champagne, World War III can get pretty hard to follow, and while the violent events that take place here bear relevance, the story as a whole just isn't as harrowing as 52 itself. What is worth noting about World War III is that this marks new directions for the Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, and Supergirl; and concludes with a warning that the worst is yet to come (Final Crisis is almost upon us). The various artwork throughout is pretty solid, but you may be left in the dust pertaining to these events if you haven't kept up with 52. For those that haven't, Week 50 of the innovative series is included here as well, which fills in the gaps that World War III (and vice versa) leaves behind.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Jauregui on January 13, 2008
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While I love Black Adam and his dark side, this story focused more on the bang and left very little to the character. The story does do a good job of filling in missing pieces of the 52 saga and the outlying stories, but it comes across as rushed and left me dissatisfied. Is it me, or does it seem during the battle in China that it takes two days for a character attacking Black Adam to get there?

There are continuity errors during the final battles, and it seemed like there were two separate endings to Black Adam. He's getting attacked by Captain Marvel one day only to disappear, and then getting attacked again a couple of days later to disappear again. Maybe I didn't read it right the first five times, or maybe the continuity didn't add up.

If you like to see Black Adam throw his power around and take down heroes, this is the book for you. If you like your stories to make sense, you might want to borrow this from a friend. Or I can mail you mine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zauriel on December 31, 2007
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Martian Manhunter is among my favorite characters and for that reason alone this story gets three stars. After the tragic events that unfolded in the pages of 52, Vol. 4. The story is very up and down with many storylines that are hard to keep straight in I can't honestly recomand this story unless you just want the complete collection of 52.
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By Arthur saephan on August 9, 2013
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Was looking for this forever and now it has finally come home now just need the beginning of the world war 3
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This was just a disjointed piece of work. The story didn't flow and that's probably due to the way the reprinted material was hacked together. The story is set up poorly with a quick summary that barely gets the plot points across. It's difficult to tell how long the story takes to tell, it's difficult to tell why Black Adam can't be stopped because he has never been so powerful before and it's difficult to tell how the story ends because important plot points are kept "secret" until after the battle's conclusion.

DC should be more careful about how these big event stories are collected and reprinted. This jigsaw puzzle of a story isn't worth the money.
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