Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Justice League of America Archives Vol. 10 (Archive Editions) Hardcover – March 6, 2012
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Top customer reviews
This era of the JLA is not fondly remembered for the most part and it is easy to see why. Although the art of penciller Dick Dillon and the inks of Joe Giella give the book a nice and consistent look, the stories, first by Denny O'Neil and later by Mike Friedrich are way too ham handed. The authors work a lot of their personal philosophies into their stories, which is fine up to a point, but one gets the impression that the plots were contrived for just this purpose instead of entertaining the reader. The authors seems more concerned that the readers know what side of contemporary issues they stand on than writing a good story. The captions just ooze lectures and sermons. I'm not sure why an editor of Julius Schwartz's caliber let them get away with this.
O'Neil and Friedrich do show some storytelling skills, though. The friction between the possessive Green Arrow and Black Canary is well handled although there is no payoff in this volume. The two annual JSA/JLA team ups are also entertaining.
Interestingly, Roy Thomas writes the introduction to this volume which adds considerable appeal to the book. As is his introductions to Marvel's Masterworks, this one is also loaded with insights and glimpses behind the scenes.
Highly recommended more for academic interest than literary brilliance but that is much of the appeal of the weaker stretches these complete collections have to wade through. Here's hoping that JLA Archive 11 comes more quickly than this one.
"DC Archives: Justice League of America Archives, v. 10"
(DC Comics, 2012)
I've been waiting a long time for this volume to come out... and boy was it worth it! This hardbound edition reprints JLA #s 81-93, from 1970-71, which is just about the time that DC gave in and started doing stories that reflected the social and political turmoil of the Vietnam War era, and also just before I picked up my first comic books as a kid and got hooked for life. (I am really looking forward to Volume 11 of this series: I vividly recall the issue (...103? ...104?) that featured Red Tornado, as well as other issues of that vintage. I wound up being a full-time Marvel reader, but a handful of DCs made it into my orbit, and I recall them fondly.
ANYWAY, this book is a real hoot. The scripting is remarkably slapdash and chaotic, with most stories starting off at 65 MPH and with some wild, melodramatic premise -- "Everybody Hates The World's Favorite Superheros!" -- which might or might not be borne out by the stories within. The characterizations of these iconic heroes are often inconsistent or flimsy; the generic do-goodnik aura of the old JLA stories (volumes 1-9) is giving way to a more complex storytelling, but writers Denny O'Neil and Mike Friedrich don't quite have their sea legs yet: they want to push the envelope and tell stories that are meaningful and relevant to the turmoil of the times, to imbue the DC pantheon with some of the human foibles and psychological angst that had been staples of the Marvel heroes for several years.
As noted elsewhere, these attempts were often clumsy: one issue ends with Superman abruptly turning to face the readers to preach about ecology; numerous stories decry the tragedy of war and make an appeal for peace. Sometimes these "issue" stories have hilarious details, such as one where a war-torn planet is named Cam-Nam-Lao ("code" for Cambodia, Viet Nam and Laos) etc, etc. In the crowd scenes peace-sign toting hippies rub shoulder with sideburn-wearing swingers -- the fashion moments alone are worth the price of admission in these delightful super-powered time capsules. Also, Friedrich tries to stir things up by having established characters do things that are wildly out of character, notably the steamy scene where a suddenly smitten Batman makes out with Black Canary, even though he knows she's Green Arrow's "chick." The villains are all ridiculous and unmemorable, but the stories whiz by in a hallucinogenic haze... These aren't "great" comics, but they sure are a lot of fun. I seem to recall the issues that followed were a little more solidly written... Can't wait to find out if I'm right, when Volume 11 comes out. Hurry, DC, hurry!! (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain children's book reviews)