- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (April 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401203051
- ISBN-13: 978-1401203054
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,508,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Formerly Known As the Justice League Paperback – April 1, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
So now almost 20 years later, the "Unholy Trio" prove that they still have it. Back in '87, they took unloved characters like Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Mister Miracle, and Guy Gardner (to name a few) and made them lovable fan favorites. This time around, Booster and Blue Beetle are still around, but added to the mix of heroes are Mary Marvel, Elongated Man (and wife Sue), Fire, and Captain Atom.
I was initially afraid that the writers would not be able to keep their flavor fresh with humor. I was wrong. Giffen and DeMatteis are still funny and still love the characters they write. This series is about the characters, not mainly about what the characters' actions. The characters are well-written and lovable, and so what they do is just a product of their personalities with humorous and clever results.Read more ›
Although Giffen and DeMatteis JL is more about the characters, as stated by the previous reviewer, I would've loved to see them in a "serious" fight, meaning, facing them against a legit DC villain (No more Manga Khan please). Again, my bias for second stringers saving the day shows here.
Nevertheless, it's a fun book worth picking up.
Just because the book may be rendered "out of canon" doesn't make it any less meaningul or well done.
Is it as good as the old days? Yes and no. As a limited series, it only has so much time to set things up, and some of the ensemble has changed (Ice, who was killed some time after Giffen and De Matteis' departure, is sorely missed), but the characters who do return are as recognizable as ever. What's more, they've grown. Beetle and Booster don't get along so well, the former having "grown up" in his own words, Bea is slightly more abrasive, and Max is no longer a big shot (though he talks like one.) A new addition, the naive Mary Marvel (the Cap's kid sister) fits very well into the group dynamic.
Oh, yes, the plot- Max decides to set up a small franchise of "people's heroes", summonable by 800 number, unwisely called "Superbuddies." He rounds up some of his old pals- L-Ron, Beetle, Booster, Captain Atom, Fire, Elongated Man and Sue Dibny- and persuades them to move into a shoddy storefront and open for business. Needless to say, carnage ensues before they can even get a phone call.
A lot of events are jammed into six issues, and I was disappointed in the rather swift (and not entirely convincing) resolution to #6.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Okay, okay -- so we can't put up much of a fight. And we're generally useless." Given, Blue Beetle said this when he and the others were cowed subjects of Roulette's brainwashing,... Read morePublished on June 12, 2009 by H. Bala
I was just as big a fan of the BWAH-HA-HA! Justice League as most people back in the late 80's, and it was good to see the fun again! Read morePublished on July 14, 2008 by J.R. Kinsworthy
Years ago I got rid of a majority of my moderately extensive comic book collection keeping only the ones I couldn't bear to part with. Read morePublished on June 24, 2008 by David Swan
Ok, this is not your daddy's Justice League. This is funny stuff and they do not apologize for making you laugh either. Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by David A. Zipp
This is just a good light hearted read in the superhero community. Yeah there are fights but the main concept of this book help established the bonding of these individuals into... Read morePublished on August 11, 2006 by Shawn C. Carter
For those who didn't follow comics back in the late 80's/early 90's, the Justice League of America went through a major turnover. Read morePublished on August 5, 2006 by DLSF
From 1987 to 1992, Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis broke so many taboos regarding super-hero team books that their names are still both cursed as well as revered amongst comic book... Read morePublished on December 16, 2005 by Brian C. Grindrod