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JLA: Salvation Run Paperback – September 30, 2008

3.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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About the Author

Bill Willingham is a writer and artist whose work includes Coventry and The Sandman Presents. He is currently writer/artist of Shadowpact and Fables. Matthew Sturges' work includes the novel Midwinter and anthologies Live Without A Net and Revolution SF. He is the co-writer of Jack of Fables. Sean Chen's work includes Bloodshot, Harbinger, Iron Man, Wolverine, X-O Manowar and X-Men. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401219306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401219307
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good book. It shows how some of the villains of the DC world aren't as 'evil' as some might think --- well except maybe the Joker. Well, he's just insane. He doesn't really fit in any society of people. The ending isn't what I expected, but all in all it is a good read. Great for the DC - JLA collector.
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Someone has found a solution to the super-villain problem – exile to the beautiful planet of Salvation, where the super-villains can build a new society, one to their liking. But, Salvation isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. It seems that someone has turned the idyllic world in a murderous training ground, where the villains need to use all of their power and cunning just to stay alive! But, these guys and galls never did go in for The Common Good and all that sort of thing. Things are about to get ugly...and uglier still.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting story. I always did have a weak spot for evil versus evil stories, and this one pits some of the best against each other. Now, it is true that with so many characters placed into the story, too many are reduced to a mere cameo appearance. But, that said, I did find this to be a very entertaining story. It’s survival of the fittest, or should I say “baddest”? Who do you think is going to win?
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This sooooo didn't sound like my cup of tea, and as a result, I put off ordering this graphic novel for more than two years. But eventually I broke down and ordered it for my collection, and was pleasantly surprised. I don't generally like villains, except for what they contribute to a great story. So what happens when you take ALL villains, with only the slightest appearance of a super hero, and ship them off to a prison planet? (Takron Galtos this is NOT! LOL) The basic premise is that the recent rash of wide spread evil committed by super villains has left those in charge just completely fed up. The result is to round them up in stages and ship them across the galaxy to a true hell hole of a planet. (There's a delightful twist, but I can't go into details without spoiling it.) Almost the entirety of the graphic novel takes place revolving around the villains as they try to survive the planet, and each other. It's unclear why Catwoman is there, but she is, and that leads to some surprising moments with the ONLY hero to be in the picture, which is one of the big guns of the Justice League. (Again, can't go into more details without spoiling it.) All in all it's an intriguing social experiment, and there's a LOT of the different loyalties within the villain dynamic butting heads and fighting to be in charge. Sturges clearly has a delightful time writing Luthor and Joker, and I was surprised to find myself reading through the whole thing in one sitting. Don't get me wrong, I don't think I'll ever be able to completely go all Dark Side and Lord of the Flies, but for what it was (Which is an above average, enjoyable story.), it just worked. I really enjoyed it, and I think if you give it a chance, you won't be disappointed either.
Thanks for your time folks.
Sincerely, R.A. McDowell
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Fed up with a revolving-door prison system that routinely releases dangerous criminals, the U.S. government decides to exile dozens of meta-human convicts to a distant planet named "Salvation" where they will be permanently kept out of circulation. Touted as a paradise, the first batch of exiles quickly discovers that they've been sent to a nightmare world where everything seems determined to kill them. Can these rugged individualists co-operate well enough to survive? Or will they find each other even more dangerous than the natives? Lex Luthor, The Joker, Gorilla Grodd, Catwoman, Captain Cold, Deadshot, Vandal Savage, etc... lead a cast of DC's most notorious villains. Almost no appearances from the JLA, however.

I thought the art was very cool - the alien landscape was nicely rendered, and there were plenty of splash pages depicting dozens of notable baddies. And I have no argument with the cast of characters, which despite the shortage of heroes, was very impressive. But the story really didn't live to the possibilities inherent in the original setup. These characters in this environment could have taken us into some really dark territory - "Lord of the Flies" or even "Heart of Darkness" stuff. Instead the story goes in a direction that was perhaps less predictable, but ultimately nowhere near as meaningful. And not to sound ghoulish, but given the plot, it seemed hard to believe there weren't more deaths. But although a great deal more might have been done with this idea, it was still a modestly entertaining adventure. Each chapter seemed very short, but at least that kept the plot (such as it was) moving along. Nothing very special, though. Warning to newbies: a moderate degree of familiarity with the characters involved is pretty much required or the story would make very little sense and fall awfully flat. Three and half stars.
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