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JLA/Avengers: Collector's Edition Paperback – Import, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840238569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840238563
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,679,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend the oversized hardcover boxed edition.
Iron Quinn
The art was top notch and the writing was very good but, I expected more from the plot.
K. Haynes
This is a great comic book collector's edition to own if you love Marvel and DC!
Femi Fatusin

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80 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Michael F. Hopkins on September 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Picture the one great meeting a superhero reader would enjoy,
and many an enthusiast across the decades will tell you that
a book featuring the best characters from both DC and Marvel
Comics would be a fan's delight.
Those fortunate enough to be enjoying the comics of the past
few years know that Marvel -thanks to Editor-In-Chief Joe
Quesada- has not only been putting out some of their best
efforts in 25 years, but has been in a cooperative mode
with DC which is unlike anything that either company has
shown towards the other.
The ultimate payoff can be summed up in one phrase - JLA/
and George Pérez! Those who thought this pair to be
superb in the recent AVENGERS ASSEMBLE will find their
work on this summit conference to be utterly exceptional.

Pérez, the original artist slated to render this historical meeting
in the early 1980s, finally gets to do his dream project, and
all who suffered through the corporate nonsense which
derailed this book for over 2 decades will be thrilled to
learn that JLA/AVENGERS was well worth the wait. Not only do
we have the finest all-around illustrator of Sequential Art
since Jack Kirby at the heart of his game, but now the pictures
have one well-told, meticulously written story which more than
brings the art forth with stunning eloquence.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frank Adamson on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book starts off well enough, but by the end it dissolves into the kind of visual muck you might find in a "Where's Waldo" book. But let's start with the good. There haven't been many crossovers between DC and Marvel, and those that have come before Busiek's story have usually been of very questionable quality (I'm looking at you, DC Versus Marvel Comics). Busiek is a decent writer--probably one of the best B-List writers in superhero comics today--and during the first two and a half issues he manages to keep a pretty solid handle on the narrative.

The first two issues notify the reader that villains from the opposing universes are crossing over and causing trouble in their respectively alien worlds. Here is also set up what will be a short-lived quest narrative that sends the DC and Marvel heroes on a hunt for a dozen or so macguffins, during which the heroes (who have met many times in the aforementioned crossovers but seem to have forgotten this) get into brawls about who takes better care of their earth, who is more respected by non-powered civilians, and whose mother is ugliest. Superman and Captain America act like jerks for no good reason (though I recall it is explained by something concerning cosmological differences), and the JLA and Avengers simply go out of their way to find fault with the other party. Are they this rude when visiting superheroes on other planets in their own universes?

Issue three is the "mash-up" chapter, imagining what the DC and Marvel histories might have been like if they had enjoyed decades of regular and entertaining crossovers, rather than crossovers that were spotty and soul-deadening. At least, this is the first half of the issue.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Iron Quinn on July 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The boxed set comes with a second book which features art from and the story behind the ill-fated first attempt at this team-up. I remember feeling very bitter back then that company politics had derailed such a dream crossover. Now, however, I have to say I'm happy it happened. If the JLA/Avengers crossover had happened as planned the first time, would we have this treasure? Busiek was the perfect choice to capture the wonder, the history, the majesty and the personalities of these two teams. Perez remained the perfect choice to visualize it.

In fact, company favoritism seems completely absent from this story. Busiek uses a pure fanboy approach to realistically address the situation. Sure the JLA big guns are more powerful than their Avengers counterparts. But the Avengers are no stranger to being underdogs and here, as they always have, they fight harder.

The story is well paced, mixing history from both companies, great dialogue, very humorous situations and, of course, the fights we want to see.

My only complaint is not a valid one. I wanted to see more of some of the characters. But with so many characters they could have easily made this story four times as long. Which would have been fine with me but perhaps not what the companies were looking for in a crossover event. My all-time favorite characters are Iron Man and Wonder Woman. They are prominent enough to make me happy.

I highly recommend the oversized hardcover boxed edition. This story, this art, deserves to be enjoyed in a larger, more vibrant format.

JLA Assemble!
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