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JLA: Earth 2 (JLA (DC Comics Unnumbered Paperback)) Paperback – October 1, 2000

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Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel ARKHAM ASYLUM to acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, as well as his subversive creatorowned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and New X-Men and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in ALL STAR SUPERMAN, 52 and BATMAN.
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Product Details

  • Series: JLA (DC Comics Unnumbered Paperback)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563896311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563896316
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,991,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Richmond VINE VOICE on December 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The concept of parallel worlds is in no ways new to speculative literature. Indeed, DC Comics introduced this idea in the famous "Flash of Two Worlds" story decades ago, but then came the equally renown (infamous?) "Crisis on Infinite Earths" in the mid-eighties and DC's parallel worlds mess was cleaned up, more or less. But now it's back; this time lightly veiled as an "anti-matter universe". This, the first hardcover JLA graphic novel, is an enjoyable tale for longtime DC fanboys and will cause little problem for those less familiar with the JLA and its also decades-long history. The villains here will look familiar, being the anti-matter universe (where everything is the opposite of the regular universe) counterparts of the JLA's "big guns": Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern as reflected in Ultraman; Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring. Grant Morrison with his usual mastery portrays the antithetical characters with wit and a bit more maturity than would be expected in a monthly four-color comic. Superwoman, apparently more of a dominatrix, is supposedly involved with Ultraman, but has Owlman as well on the side. Johnny Quick seems to have some sort of drug addiction which evinces itself in truly bizarre ways as it passes through his Speed Force. Power Ring, depicted with a very spiffy costume and spiky haircut, seems a tad schizophrenic and somewhat controlled by, rather than controlling his magic ring. Alexander Luthor, a hero in the antimatter universe, is also portrayed superbly with essentially the same personality as his "Earth 2" (his phrase for the DC Universe best known and home to Superman and the JLA), but neatly converted from villainy to heroism. Amazon has a great price for this sure-to-be a collector's item. Again, a fun read for fanboys and first-timers alike.
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When it comes to Grant Morrison, he's the Alan Moore of the modern age. He breathed new life into the X-Men for Marvel, as well as Animal Man and Doom Patrol for DC/Vertigo, and of course, JLA for DC. Earth 2 finds Morrison once again writing DC's superteam as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter get their world rocked when Alexander Luthor makes a visit. On his alternate world, he's the only hero, and the JLA's evil alter-egos, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, have total control. In response to Luthor's pleas, Supes, Bats, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern plan to overthrow the evil empire, but as they soon find out, things aren't so easily done in this alternate world. Morrison has taken the classic pre-Crisis Earth 2 world and used it brilliantly here, making Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring some of the most evil and coloful villains you'll ever see. Morrison's longtime partner in crime Frank Quitely provides his usual superb art here, so longtime Morrison fans know what to expect here. All in all, Earth 2 is one of, if not the, best JLA yarns you'll ever check out, and it's easily one of Morrison's best superhero stories.
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Grant Morrison has many misses and very few hits. At least in my opinion. Why are there many misses? Well, because like this novel he tends to build up a plot and then it all breaks apart towards the end. This one hides a few things from the reader and pulls it all out in the last few pages, making the plot feel broken and out of place. Grant Morrison is a great writer, he has some very well done work such as Arkham Asylum, The Black Glove, Batman and Son, and Batman R.I.P. Honestly the movie that came out a few years ago based on this novel is far better in plot and content and I'd suggest picking that up and not bothering with this one, unless you really want to read the key material for the movie, then go ahead. 3/5
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I like the concept of there are other versions of Earth - and I like the idea of Batman and Wonder Woman's alters sneaking around - I always wanted Batman and Wonder Woman to get together- also it shows those with unlimited power could become the greatest villians. (This is a Spiderman line "with great power comes great responsibilty"
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Another brilliant work by the duo that gave us WE3, one of my favorite graphic novels of all time. Here, the JLA his up against an alternate universe version of themselves, the Crime Syndicate of America, that is evil! I can't say more, just grab this as soon as you can!
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Not to sound corny, but when Frank Quietly and Grant Morrison work together they almost always produce something both weird and magical. Say what you will about Grant Morrison and his writing style, let's face it..he's either your cup of tea or not; however when he gets his hands on the JLA and DCU characters a great sense of love for the source material comes through. This is especially true when he writes Superman, Wonder Woman, and especially Batman.

Equally important to this piece is Frank Quietly's art work. Like Morrison, people seem to either love him or hate him. Personally, I appreciate his unique style of cartooning. While this graphic novel is not quite as sharp as his magnum opus, All-Star Superman, Quietly's work always seems to choke me up at some point. Evocative is a great word for the work he does.

Without going into details, I really enjoyed the story overall. It is a fun Justice League story told in under a 100 pages. If anything on the negative side, I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic. Still, I wish there were more short JLA graphic novels like this. If you want a quick, fun, and accessible super hero romp this is your book.
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