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JLA Earth 2 Paperback – September 9, 2014
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"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
About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
book was more showing copy types for covers than story contentPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
An original graphic novel Morrison wrote in the middle of his JLA run. This was the first time we'd really seen the Crime Syndicate since Crisis. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Spidey
Morrison really perplexes me how he can write such great stories, then throw something absolutely bizarre at you the next time out. Talk about hot and cold. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Wendell
I'm not positive, but it looks like this was originally released as an original graphic novel (not in comic book form). Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matt Anderson