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One of the poorer storylines of DC's late 90's collections.
on July 14, 2014
I was pretty excited to read this omnibus, but after reading it I wish I would've spent my money elsewhere. The story is overly simplistic (even for its time...which is the mid to late 90's, my personal favorite era of comics) and sometimes out of order. It is missng Young Heroes in Love 1,000,000 for reasons unknown.
The basic premise of the storyline is that the heroes of today (of 1998) were visited by heroes of the 853rd century and were convinced, in an act of goodwill, to show-off their powers and abilities in a series of trials in the 853rd century. So the entire Justice League (the primary founding members) agree to go the future 85000+ years ahead...just because someone asked them to. You'd think the JLA would be wary of getting into cars of strangers. Yep, this would've been a ridiculous plotline in the 70's, but this was the 90's...story-telling in comics should've evolved then.
DC does its best to keep this poor dribble of a story in sequential order and does so 95% of the time, but some stories don't mix well or have nothing to do with the story (Lobo and Supergirl for example).
The presentation is nice, since you get over-sized comics on high quality paper in an encyclopedia format, but the main thing drving this down is the very poor story. I've fallen asleep reading it many times and I've only been determined to finish it only because I spent so much money on it.
Save yourself the time and money. This is not worth it...not by a long shot.