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Justice, Vol. 1 Paperback – June 10, 2008

4.4 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Justice Series

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Justice is DC's current "event" comic. It brings together the line's biggest superheroes and is even more of an event because superstar artist Alex Ross (see Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross, 2003) developed the story line and applies his ultrarealistic painting techniques to Doug Braithwaite's pencil drawings. Lex Luthor, the Riddler, and other villains share vivid dreams of Earth's destruction, which Superman, Batman, and the rest of the Justice League are helpless to prevent. To keep their vision from becoming reality, the fiends join forces to vanquish the heroes, in the belief that relying on supersaviors makes humanity vulnerable to apocalyptic events. Ross, a comics nostalgic, uses 1970s versions of the characters instead of their current incarnations, and that makes Justice accessible even for those who no longer closely follow DC comic books. The art isn't quite as effective as unalloyed Ross, for Braithwaite's more comics-traditional, stylized anatomy conflicts with Ross' lush naturalism. Still, Ross predominates, which will please the many fans who turn anything he touches into a best-seller. Gordon Flagg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alex Ross has produced a remarkable body of work which has won him every major award in the industry. His best-known books include Kingdom Come, Marvels, Uncle Sam, and Batman: War on Crime. His artwork is collected in Titan Books' Mythology. Jim Krueger is a veteran writer/artist with work including the Earth-X series. Doug Braithwaite is a former 2000AD artist who has gained acclaim for his work on Marvel's Punisher. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211035
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Fans of comic artist Alex Ross enjoy his detailed and highly realistic art work, and here they are in for a major treat, for JUSTICE dishes out a non stop, superlative serving of his best work from cover to cover. Expect to see some serious superhero action with the Legion of Doom, led by Lex Luthor and Braniac pitted against the heroes from Justice League of America, including Superman, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman and many, many more.

This edition covers JUSTICE no. 1 to 12 and is a definite bang for your buck, housed in a sturdy hard cover.

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Format: Paperback
JUSTICE is a difficult book for me to review, as I have such mixed feelings about it - perhaps more so than any other comic. Conceived by Alex Ross, it brings in co-writer Jim Krueger and penciller Doug Braithwaite to present what is essentially the Super Friends vs. The Legion of Doom, albeit with a much darker tone than the Saturday morning cartoon. Over the years, Ross has proven himself to be not only a spectacular artist, but a pretty good idea man. When those ideas were developed by writers such as Kurt Busiek and Mark Waid, the results could be brilliant; however, Ross' collaborations with Krueger have resulted in unfocused and drawn-out stories that don't seem to know when to end. Based on that, I had planned on avoiding this 12-issue limited series, but a free copy of the softcover edition changed that.

The story begins with the destruction of the Earth, despite the best efforts of the Justice League. It is slowly revealed that this is a dream shared by the League's enemies, apparently foreshadowing a great disaster brought about by Earth's over-reliance on its heroes. As a result, the villains decide to use their substantial powers to solve world problems and empower humanity. Utopia appears to be at hand, but at the heart of it, the heroes know that something isn't right. The compromising of their secret identities and subsequent attempts on their lives lead them to uncover an insidious plan that, frankly, only ended up confusing me.

At the heart of JUSTICE is Alex Ross' love of the Super Friends, and as such, we get classic '70s versions of our favorite heroes and villains; not just the core Super Friends, but also supporting members, as well as the Doom Patrol and the Metal Men.
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Format: Hardcover
Reprinting the first four issues of the 12-part "Justice" limited series, plus bonus pages, "Justice Volume 1" is the beginning of one of the great epics in JLA history, set fairly early in the team's history, and involving reams of outstanding classic DC Universe characters. I'll admit I'm not exactly sure when - or even if - this fits into continuity; I decided from the beginning to take this as a stand-alone story, one of those 'may be continuity/may be Elseworlds' tales that DC occasionally comes up with.

Horrible dreams of global destruction are occuring to several characters - but not to the characters one would expect to be so deeply troubled by them, but to the kind of people who are usually Plotting the mayhem. People like Lex Luthor. And Luthor decides to take action, aligning himself with an array of other unlikely champions - Black Manta, Gorilla Grodd, etc. Luthor presents to a host of the world's supervillains the same case he's preparing to bring directly before the people of the world: if there are these godlike beings like the Justice League looking after things, why is there still poverty and starvation in the world? Why is there government oppression all over the globe? Why is there disease? Why do wars still rage? Logically they should be able to bring an end to it all, so goes Luthor's arguement. But they don't. Or won't. Such an omission invalidates any right on the part of the 'superheroes' to your trust, Luthor maintains. Don't trust them; trust Us. Join us, and we'll bring you utopia.

The thing is, this time, how can Luthor be countered? The efforts of the planet's superhuman defenders against the kind of miseries and injustices Luthor outlines have been tackled from time to time, but rarely.
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Format: Hardcover
This book collects the first 4 issues of the bi-monthly JLA series written by Jim Kruger (Earth X) and Alex Ross (Kingdom Comea) and art by Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaits.

The story begins with a handful of super-villains experiencing a collective nightmare of the world coming to an end and the JLA being powerless to stop it or save anyone. They villains then embark on a mission to put the JLA out of their commission and appoint themselves as the true guardians of mankind. Sounds like an often used old school JLA adventure, right? But it really isn't. Although the plot may at face value seem like run-of-the-mill, the story however is deeper and much more layered. The JLA has rarely expereinced this level of peril and the villains have rarely seemed this ruthless and committed to their goals. The gem in the story is that villains can organize just as well as the heroes and can save the world. The villains think they are the heroes in this case. While it seems that it is a villains vs. heroes story, there is this ominous sense that they are merely players and something much larger than either is at foot. The book ends with the JLA being taken out of commission and Lex Luthor and his allies declaring themselves the new guardians of humanity and condemning the JLA for their inactions.

Now, let's talk about the art. It's pencilled by Doug Braithwaite but painted over by Alex Ross. I don't know how but the pencils and the colors enmesh perfectly and the art entirely seems done by Alex Ross (although in some cases Braithwaite's presence is felt). The bottom line is that the art is drop dead gorgeous. It also carries a dark tone and perfectly suits the story since, I have yet to see the JLA taken apart like this.
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