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Absolute Justice Hardcover – November 17, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I bought this book simply for its art. My lord, this book just takes you breath away whenever you look at it. It's truly a work of art.Published on November 29, 2013 by Gustavo Arias
I had never been able to find all of the volumes of "Justice" to be able to sit down and read the whole thing. Then, I found this special edition. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Lex Luthor
great art, OK story. Would buy if you're a fan of Alex Ross + Super friends. To me, it was worth the extra $ over the regular size, mainly cuz the art really stands out at this... Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by D. Huang
This big book looks amazing on the shelf. It has without doubt the best artwork going in any graphic novel...everPublished on April 25, 2011 by Andrew L. Small