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JLA Earth 2 Paperback – September 9, 2014

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"Earth 2 is a flawless example of a modern superhero story that forces you to think, while satisfying your urges to watch the bad guys get thoroughly pounded."—Complex Magazine

"The best that a comic book can be."—Kevin Smith

"There is no question that Grant Morrison has written a number of classic runs and that his professional résumé is somewhat staggering, but many superhero fans will point to his tenure on JLA as one of his best."—Newsarama

"Morrison established himself as a mainstream superhero writer with a blockbuster run on JLA."—Rolling Stone

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Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning with his legendary runs on the revolutionary titles ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL. Since then he has written numerous best-sellers — including JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men — as well as the critically acclaimed creator-owned series THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH, WE3 and JOE THE BARBARIAN. Morrison has also expanded the borders of the DC Universe in the award-winning pages of SEVEN SOLDIERS, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, FINAL CRISIS and BATMAN, INC., and he is reinvented the Man of Steel in the all-new ACTION COMICS.

In his secret identity, Morrison is a “counterculture” spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He is also the author of the New York Times best-seller Supergods, a groundbreaking psycho-historic mapping of the superhero as a cultural organism. He divides his time between his homes in Los Angeles and Scotland.
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Product Details

  • Series: Jla Earth
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Reissue edition (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401251358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401251352
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Color on July 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's early DC Comics collaborations, and like the rest of their work, the results are impressive. The story is a good reintroduction of the Crime Syndicate from the Silver Age. Quitely's art effectively portrays movement and action, the portrayal of the Flash's super speed is particularly creative.

The DVD-style extras in the book are the reason to buy this particular version, and they're pretty good and plentiful. You see Grant Morrison's character designs and sketches, showing off some of his artistic ability, and there's rough versions of pages by Quitely with notes all throughout, offering insight into how scenes are constructed. If you're a fan of Morrison or Quitely or are just looking for a good JLA tale, I recommend picking this up.
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_JLA Earth 2_ is the post-Crisis re-introduction of the old Earth-Three Crime Syndicate of America. In this update, the Crime Syndicate exist in an anti-matter universe, and the JLA travel there, at the behest of a good version of Lex Luthor, in the hopes of turning the world around. The Deluxe Edition includes "DVD-style" extras including character sketches of the Crime Syndicate, script pages from the beginning of the story, and a complete (?) series of original page layouts.

The story is definitely a must read for JLA fans, but you should avoid this particular version (and most of DC's recent collected editions in hardcover). I have now received 3 copies of this book from Amazon, and all appear to be defective. The tops and bottoms of all pages are wavy (not smooth and flat like earlier trades), and many pages at the beginning and end of the book are noticeably wrinkled.
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JLA: Earth 2 was one of the early collaborations of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and it was somewhat of a revelation for me. I’d heard that Morrison was this great talent but I really wasn’t loving his work until I discovered this story. Earth 2 was published way back in 2000, and although this is one of my favorite Morrison stories I think Quitely’s art has improved significantly since then.

I’m a longtime fan of the Crime Syndicate and it was fascinating the way Morrison reinvented them and made them his own. I particularly liked the new origin of Ultraman as a human astronaut and Owlman was given a very fitting backstory. Morrison, probably more than any previous writers, establishes the Crime Syndicate as really really bad people. They aren’t just psychopathic tyrants ruling Earth 3 with an iron grip, they are so hateful that they even despise each other. Johnny Quick is a drug addict, Power Ring hates his cursed ring, Owlman is blackmailing Ultraman and Superwoman is sort of a sadistic dominatrix (it’s not nearly as sexist as it sounds). I tend to be a purist for the original intent of characters but I liked every change and addition Morrison made to the characters.

I am a HUGE fan of Frank Quitely but this is not his best work. When I compare the art here to what he did in the recent Multiversity: Pax Americana the difference is huge. Even in 2000 Quitely was a superior artist but he had a bad habit of drawing everyone with squinty eyes, puffy lips and angry scowls. On the other hand Quitely did a very cool job of drawing the costumes of the Crime Syndicate which are completely redesigned,

There are over 40 pages of writer notes and sketches to go along with the core story and that should be obligatory for a Deluxe Edition.
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Even though I had a softcover version years ago but I gave away to young and upcoming DC fan.

I decided to get this updated hardcover version that comes with back-up sketch bonus.

The art and story remained fresh and brilliant for hard core Frank Quietly/Grant Morrison fans.
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Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely are, to put it simply, a team of excellence. Earth two, pitting the JL against the Crime Syndicate of another dimension, where Alexander Luthor is a good guy, is simply brilliant. When these two team up, it's as if they have one brain. Just get it, read it and enjoy the excellent extras!
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After I read Forever Evil I had to have more of The Crime Syndicate. This book gave me what I was looking for. The Justice League meets their complete opposites. And Superwoman in particular is a very interesting character. I loved every page.
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Classic, iconic these words don't begin to describe this entertaining story and the characters that inhabit Morrison's best and in my humble opinion greatest JLA story ever written. The art is nothing short of perfect. This is the stuff of comic book legends of the past and of the future.
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This is a really good storyline and the most of the artwork was good (Power Woman had some kinda Medusa hair thing going on). However, my issue is with the publishers. This book has 144 pages, 44 of those pages are filler. Almost a third of the book was black and white sketches and a partial script of the story.
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