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JLA: Year One Paperback – January 29, 2010


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About the Author

Mark Waid is one of comics' most highly respected and popular writers, having written the Eisner award-winning Kingdom Come, as well as The Flash, Fantastic Four, Superman: Birthright, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, X-Men and much more. Barry Kitson has drawn Judge Dredd and Judge Anderson for 2000 AD, Adventures of Superman, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, L.E.G.I.O.N., and Legion of Super-Heroes.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848566077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848566071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,492,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Waid, a New York Times bestselling author, has written a wider variety of well-known comics characters than any other American comics author, from Superman to the Justice League to Spider-Man to Archie and hundreds of others. His award-winning graphic novel with artist Alex Ross, KINGDOM COME, is one of the best-selling comics collections of all time. (Secretly, however, he prefers SUPERMAN: BIRTHRIGHT and his IRREDEEMABLE collections as his favorite works he's produced.)

With over twenty years of experience in his field, Waid maintains a blog at www.markwaid.com that is full of advice for beginning writers and experienced authors both.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Grant on September 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Justice League: Year One has two goals. Goal #1 - Take the core members of the "post-Crisis" Justice League of America and make them into actual characters. These being: Martian Manhunter, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aqua-Man, and Black Canary. Goal #2 - Tell a fun story that can be intertwined with old JLA stories without rewriting history.
IT ACCOMPLISHES BOTH GOALS.
Now, many readers may complain at the lack of Superman or Batman in this story. But let's be honest...we already know plenty about them. The five core members of the JLA have been around since the 1960's and what do we actually know about their characters? Not much beyond the stereotypical hero adventures that they were placed into. Writer Mark Waid does a nice job of fleshing out who these people are.
Some key strengths of the twelve chapter (i.e. 12 issue) trade-paperback: The Flash taking the leadership role of the JLA, Aqua-Man's introduction to land-dwelling life, Black Canary's continual acknowledgement of the JSA and her possible relationship with The Flash, a great villain conspiracy that works well into the JLA mythos and does not overtly change anything that fans may already know about the team.
Sometimes retrospect storylines don't work because we (as readers) already know what becomes of these characters. However, sometimes they are just a fun read that can remind us about our love for the history of the heroes and their team and what we miss in today's comic book environment. I recommend JLA - Year One and I also believe that Brave & The Bold - Flash and Green Lantern makes an excellent sequel of sorts.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Richmond VINE VOICE on December 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Retroactive continuity is frequently a buzzword these days in the comics milieu. While the Justice League of America has been around since the late 1950's, this collection updates their beginnings and first year for the new century. Mark Waid, for many, a definitive JLA chronicler and a master storyteller, enchantingly and with loving respect, reworks early JLA adventures and lore together with contemporary plotting and characterization into a grand reading experience for new readers as well as for longtime fanboys and continuity geeks. The League here is the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Black Canary, and the Martian Manhunter, but there are tons of guests from the original Doom Patrol, the Blackhawks, the Challengers of the Unknown, and a pre-beard Green Arrow. DC's Big Two, Superman and Batman, also appear briefly. Traditional League lore such as the Secret Sanctuary, the JSA, Snapper Carr, Amazo, Despero, and Kanjar Ro are all present, but cleverly entwined with new, additional concepts such as the insidious Locus, the original Blue Beetle, Maxwell Lord, and an incipient and flirtation between the Flash and Black Canary. Waid is also an expert of the bon mot and clever conversation:
Flash (speaking of Green Lantern): "Besides, of course, he's going to get all the attention. He's the prettiest."
Black Canary: "Well, you have me there. He is cute, isn't he?"
Flash: "Actually, I was joking, but I'll take your word for it."
As with so many of these collections, there is something here for even the newest comics readers and tons of delight for the eternal fanboys. Most highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Hughes on October 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
You know, I'm pretty surprised that all these other reviewers were so disappointed with this book. It was what introduced me to Mark Waid and what turned me into a DC Comics fan. Before I read this, I was a strictly Marvel reader. The art is great, and the character interaction is top notch. That is actually what I like most- character interaction. Mark Waid is a great conversation writer, and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who likes good characterization. If you need huge Earth-shaking storylines like 'Kingdom Come' or the like... you should probably A)tone down your scope a little and B) skip this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Suiter on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to have a little fun reading about the classic heroes of the DC Universe, all of whom are greatly different today then they were in this book. (Two are dead) But when I started reading this I was incredibly pleased. This story is heroism at its best. You really see the true characters of each of these heroes. Fun all the way around.
I chalk the fun of this book up to the terrific Writer/Artist team. The art draws you in quick while the story moves at a pace that makes it impossible to put the book down. I was so happy to see the origin of the league retold. Sure this is a different League than the one that appeared in the '50s, but the DC Universe is far different that the 1950s. Which makes this book without all the confusing ties to DC History essentila to any fan.
Waid captures the glory of the Justice League perfectly. With a lot of fun, humor, action, and suspense. Great stories that only enhance the enjoyment of reading the stories about the League that are being printed today.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Genco on April 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
I gotta tell you -- I don't know superheros from a hole in the ground. But with Mark at the helm, it doesn't really matter. With Mark at the helm, superheros are just... people. And, oh, how refreshing that is!
This here's the story of the JLA teaming up for the very first time. There's camradarie. Flirting. Sexual tension. Misunderstanding. Identity crises. Two-timing. An Aquaman that mumbles -- sorta. All wrapped up in an "aliens are taking over THE WORLD!" story that's not [bad]. It's a lot of ground to cover; in fact, each of the five principles has their very own story arc. In less able hands, there might be some floundering. But Mark's been blessed by the divine storytellers; he executes this complex tale with skill and grace. Barry Kitson's art adds much dimension to the tale, and he's a wonderful storyteller in his own right.
One of Mark's many talents is that he can take a girl like me and make her care about characters that she ordinarily wouldn't give two shakes to read about. JLA:YEAR ONE is a fine example of this talent in action.
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