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Justice, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 10, 2008

4.1 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Justice Series

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Justice is DC's current "event" comic. It brings together the line's biggest superheroes and is even more of an event because superstar artist Alex Ross (see Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross, 2003) developed the story line and applies his ultrarealistic painting techniques to Doug Braithwaite's pencil drawings. Lex Luthor, the Riddler, and other villains share vivid dreams of Earth's destruction, which Superman, Batman, and the rest of the Justice League are helpless to prevent. To keep their vision from becoming reality, the fiends join forces to vanquish the heroes, in the belief that relying on supersaviors makes humanity vulnerable to apocalyptic events. Ross, a comics nostalgic, uses 1970s versions of the characters instead of their current incarnations, and that makes Justice accessible even for those who no longer closely follow DC comic books. The art isn't quite as effective as unalloyed Ross, for Braithwaite's more comics-traditional, stylized anatomy conflicts with Ross' lush naturalism. Still, Ross predominates, which will please the many fans who turn anything he touches into a best-seller. Gordon Flagg
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About the Author

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 the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211035
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Reprinting the first four issues of the 12-part "Justice" limited series, plus bonus pages, "Justice Volume 1" is the beginning of one of the great epics in JLA history, set fairly early in the team's history, and involving reams of outstanding classic DC Universe characters. I'll admit I'm not exactly sure when - or even if - this fits into continuity; I decided from the beginning to take this as a stand-alone story, one of those 'may be continuity/may be Elseworlds' tales that DC occasionally comes up with.

Horrible dreams of global destruction are occuring to several characters - but not to the characters one would expect to be so deeply troubled by them, but to the kind of people who are usually Plotting the mayhem. People like Lex Luthor. And Luthor decides to take action, aligning himself with an array of other unlikely champions - Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd, etc. Luthor presents to a host of the world's supervillains the same case he's preparing to bring directly before the people of the world: if there are these godlike beings like the Justice League looking after things, why is there still poverty and starvation in the world? Why is there government oppression all over the globe? Why is there disease? Why do wars still rage? Logically they should be able to bring an end to it all, so goes Luthor's arguement. But they don't. Or won't. Such an omission invalidates any right on the part of the 'superheroes' to your trust, Luthor maintains. Don't trust them; trust Us. Join us, and we'll bring you utopia.

The thing is, this time, how can Luthor be countered? The efforts of the planet's superhuman defenders against the kind of miseries and injustices Luthor outlines have been tackled from time to time, but rarely.
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Format: Hardcover
This book collects the first 4 issues of the bi-monthly JLA series written by Jim Kruger (Earth X) and Alex Ross (Kingdom Comea) and art by Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaits.

The story begins with a handful of super-villains experiencing a collective nightmare of the world coming to an end and the JLA being powerless to stop it or save anyone. They villains then embark on a mission to put the JLA out of their commission and appoint themselves as the true guardians of mankind. Sounds like an often used old school JLA adventure, right? But it really isn't. Although the plot may at face value seem like run-of-the-mill, the story however is deeper and much more layered. The JLA has rarely expereinced this level of peril and the villains have rarely seemed this ruthless and committed to their goals. The gem in the story is that villains can organize just as well as the heroes and can save the world. The villains think they are the heroes in this case. While it seems that it is a villains vs. heroes story, there is this ominous sense that they are merely players and something much larger than either is at foot. The book ends with the JLA being taken out of commission and Lex Luthor and his allies declaring themselves the new guardians of humanity and condemning the JLA for their inactions.

Now, let's talk about the art. It's pencilled by Doug Braithwaite but painted over by Alex Ross. I don't know how but the pencils and the colors enmesh perfectly and the art entirely seems done by Alex Ross (although in some cases Braithwaite's presence is felt). The bottom line is that the art is drop dead gorgeous. It also carries a dark tone and perfectly suits the story since, I have yet to see the JLA taken apart like this.
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Alex Ross' artwork is always top notch. The story itself is great and I think it gave me a new perspective on the villains. I for one never gave a second thought of Cheetah as a huge threat (considering the last time I encountered her character fighting Wonder Woman was in the animated movie 'Doom') but she proved to be a worthy adversary to the Amazonian princess. It was also great to see Aquaman being a total badass -- more appreciation for the Atlantean king! Overall, great story telling and beautiful art!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review pertains to all three volumes of "Justice", since the three volumes comprise a single story.

First of all, the artwork in "Justice" by Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaite is probably as good as it gets. These are paintings, not just illustrations, and the book is a feast for the eyes. Second, the story is pretty dark: it concerns an apocalyptic vision that a number of super villains have and which they understand as a prophecy of the end of the world to be caused by the Justice League, unless the villains can stop them. There's plenty of violence and disturbing images / elements, but the story isn't dull or facile by any means. It's not for everyone, though. It's darker than I enjoy, but again the artwork is so splendid and the tale is interesting enough that I'm glad I bought it and I'm glad I read it.
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Format: Hardcover
Alex Ross is a reknowned comic book artist, and he made his displeasure with DC's mega event comics (Identity Crisis, Infinite Crisis) pretty well known. With Justice, Ross helps weave a story with his Earth X partner Jim Kreuger which showcases the Justice League in their silver age days, but with a modern edge. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Flash (Barry Allen), Martian Manhunter, Aquaman; they're all here, and they're all caught in an insiduous plot by Lex Luthor and a lineup of top villains. Though it's only the first chapter in a larger series, Justice displays much of what made the super hero comics of the silver age so great in the first place. His paints are spectacular as usual, but are confined by the pencils of Dougie Brathwaite. While Brathwaite is a solid penciler in his own right, the book would have been better off if Ross was responsible for all the art himself, but alas, he is a busy man, and what we get here is quite good enough. Justice isn't prolific, and it doesn't try to be either, it only does what Ross intended it to do: produce a great super hero story. All in all, if you've been more jaded as usual towards the "big events" in mainstream comics these days, give Justice a look.
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