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#Were Lagging So Grant #lagging so Grant wanted to help recharge it by bringing back the so Grant Morrison wanted to help recharge it by bringing back the JLAers and DC ave him the To Catch A Thief green light Fortunately for all of them sales shot up with this JLA refreshAs usual it s in the typical over the top style that Grant Morrison likes to approach with his tales The first one is titled JLA 1 4 and focuses on the Hyperclan which is supposedly aroup of alien superheroes who are better than the JLA and o about proving it to the mortal citizens of the world go about proving it to the mortal citizens of the world spoilers below about the first taleThere s a middle tale JLA 5 of an android superhero made by supervillains and of course the twist is that the android does something unexpected This was probably the least interesting of the three tales for meThe third tale JLA 6 9 is all about angels chasing a renegade angel who begs off the JLA yet they help anyway against diving beings who are supposedly unstoppable The new Green Lantern ets to shine hereThe fourth tale JLA Secret Files 1 is about an alien invasion that leads to complications for the JLA Some bits and pieces to the tales that I found interesting that aren t really spoilers Superman changes his hair style and outfit sort of a fun friendship rivalry between Flash and the current Green Lantern and the fact that mortals no longer attend Superhero funerals because they never die and they always come back and the mortals are on to itThe artwork may seem Thieves Nights glossy to some but I really liked it It was probably aood way to refresh the JLA The panels almost slam together and overlap during the action scenesARTWORK PRESENTATION A minus to A STORYPLOTTING A minus CHARACTERSDIALOGUE B plus ACTION SCENESB plus to A minus JLA REFRESH APPROACH A OVERALL GRADE A minus WHEN READ mid August 2012view spoiler SPOILERS I like how in both instances the superheroes who had no special powers but only Miss Dulane And My Lord gadgets and mortal abilities were the saviors in both of the larger tales Additionally the superheroes on the whole underestimated their opponents and were trapped and then the supervillains underestimate the regular superheroes as they are humans with no special powers Total hubris on the part of those beings with super powersIn the typical JLA tradition this lets Batman s super brains come into play which reminds me of older comics and the cartoon kid show The Super Friends in which Batman did the obvious and sometimes smart at the expense of making the other JLAers look like a bunch of imbeciles Iuess it was okay as it was made for kidsFor the second larger installment the new Green Arrow who is up for JLA review saves the day and Mrs Zant And The Ghost gets a seat on the JLA I like how Batman told him he didood work but reminded him not to slack off You can tell that this Green Lantern is still Barack Obama growing into his position and wondering how his father pulled things offThe revealing of the different colored Martians of the Hyperclan reminded me a lot of Edgar Rice Burrough s Barsoom Series as many of the Martian races were colored and some of the white ones hadreat powers which included illusionI liked how the superheroes trying out for the JLA came from different walks of life and some were resentful when they didn t make the cut and one uy came to the event to use his x ray vision to see Wonder Woman naked I think that s some type of nod to all the fanbois and fangirls who had fantasies of Wonder Woman hide spoiler This is my first official Justice League comic that I recall reading That s to be celebrated even if it was not as ood as I hoped I read some Batman in my youth but my major exposure to the Justice League is through the Superfriends regrettably that hasn t aged well and the awesome Cartoon Network Justice League tv show and also Justice League UnlimitedI don t know This just seemed kind of hokey for lack of a better word It was an interesting idea a space alien counterpart to the Justice League who was sweeping in and stealing the JL s thunder by saving the world even Oklahoma Statesman going so far as to irrigate and reseed the large deserts Their actions never rang true to me but they seriously seemed toet to the JL psychologically Superman was even uestioning if he was really living up to his well treasured values regarding his mission to protect the EarthThe reveal was fairly cool and as always Batman manages to outthink his enemies with his superb tactical and deductive brain That part was cool when the JL takes back their Earth protecting laurelsI d call this a decent comic Not reat but not terrible either Not the best start for my Justice League reading career but them s the breaks Grant Morrison s late 90 s JLA run is considered by many readers to be the best Justice League incarnation and I can definitely see why. The Big seven are reunited Superman Batman Wonder Woman Green Lantern the Flash Auaman and Martian Manhunter the uintessential Justice League are back but have they been replaced already The Hyperclan have arrived on Earth seemingly to save it But nothing is uite as it seems in this new DC Essential Edition of Grant Morrison's classic raphic novelThe action begins as the JLA reunites to stop the Hyperclan but Ear.
Grant Morrison » 9 FREE DOWNLOADLly work well as a team are the Flash and Green Lantern Otherwise this JLA are a team in name only They re so Flash and Green Lantern Otherwise this JLA are a team in name only They re so to this line up that they actually start holding auditions for new members by issue 5 But there are plenty of The Hatchet good moments in this book I really liked Morrison s characterisation of Batman who is cold but impossibly brilliant constantly being the biggest threat in thisroup of Adalet A Ao Lu Nun Romanc L god like figures despite having no super powers In every story he s included in he plays the major role being the first one to figure out what soing on and how best to defeat the challenge setting up traps And Situations Ahead Of Time situations ahead of time a brilliant chess randmaster he s several moves ahead of everyone else As a Batman fan I loved this version of the character at least when he was around I haven t read many Green Lantern books but the stories #I Have Read Have Had GL Make Some Very Mundane #have read have had GL make some very mundane swordsguns etc Morrison s GL constructs are actually imaginative and cool He comes up with a robotic T Rex spaceships and a manga robot to fight with and in one instance when all he needs to do is create a cutting device for some rope he crafts an intricately robotic pair of scissors He also utilises Flash s speed by creating a laser un powered by a treadmill Flash runs on Kara Anlat Yazar V S At O Bener genius view spoilerBut the storylines aren t without their problems in the first story arc there are some prettylaring plot holes Like on one page Flash and Green Lantern are facing down some alien adversaries but in the next they re tied up and unconscious It seemed contrived and a bit lazy of Morrison to just side step an entire seuence like that especially as it didn t seem a foregone conclusion I did like that Batman while being the one person on the JLA to not have superpowers is the one to save them all simply by being the most thoughtful and resourceful of the roup But then it s kind of undermined by Superman realising that the kryptonite he thought was dangled over him like the sword of Damocles was actually an illusion huh Wouldn t an illusion have no effect on him physically Strange Anyway Batman is uickly forgotten and the focus shifts to Superman as he busts free and saves the day etc etc And in the Tomorrow Woman story how does Superman not see through her and realise she s a robot I uess there wouldn t be a story if he stayed true to his character hide spoiler This is a 25 Right down the middle Because that s what it is Just okay So I know a lot of people love this Sonsuzlu A Nokta guy Grant has done amazing things for comics and he s so deep and his stories define characters like Batman and Superman but for me thisuy has huge writing issues Okay so let s talk about what works The art is solid if not a little overboard Sure everyone looks terrible superman s hair Kyle looking like he s always yelling why is wonder women muscular than Auaman but the fights are easy to follow and the villains all look interesting to say the least The dialo I know that this was considered a huge step forward for DC at the time and maybe if I d read it at the time or what came before I might feel the same But I didn t I m reading it for the first time than 15 years later and it s ok Decent mostly entertaining but not spectacular It doesn t help that it s just so painfully 90s I mean Superman Blue I distinctly remember that stunt as something that kept me away from the DCU in the 90s so there was nothing nostalgic about oing b Morrison s take on the Justice League is all high concepts and highly compressed storytelling There s some clever metatextual jokes and references but it isn t nearly as hermetic as his later DC comics Sometimes his dialog is hampered by a need to show that he can be fun but for the most part the scripts are exactly what I want out of cape comicsThe Rereading this for the first time since buying it loose Morrison really attacks JLA like it is insane o Silver Age comic action but peppers it with the modernism he s known for It s funny too because some of the characterizations are wildly off Kyle Rayner in particular whom Morrison writes as kind of a Bill Ted type dudeIts also very indicative of the 90s ACTION style where everything is so overwrought and wall to wall and the character interactions come second I remember that being one of my original problems with JLA and that hasn t changed 10 years laterStill Howard Porter s art is perfectly suited for the insanity Morrison spews from page to page His hyper detailed layouts always envelop characters that are perpetually in motion I don t think he s capable of drawing people just standing around having a normal convo It works however and I m looking forward to comparing Porter s work here with later issues of JLA and his later FLASH work with Geoff John. In this amazing DC Essential Edition collecting JLA #1 5 a long out of print classicThe DC Essential Edition series of raphic novels highlights the best standalone stories the medium has to offer featuring comics' Our Bodies Ourselves And The Work Of Writing greatest characters These trade paperback editions focus on the easiest entry points DC has in its vast library with seminalroundbreaking tales that transcend the printed page Start with the Essentia. It s just a heckuva #lot of fun The stories are huge in scope and scale and the all star #of fun The stories are huge in scope and scale and the all star is mostly well scope and scale and the all star cast is mostly well While this is probably the most straight superhero book Morrison s ever done it still has a lot of his style and imagination The book does feels slightly dated with its sometimes excessive use of exposition and the dialogue can be pretty clunky but I had so much fun with the stories and the characters that I could easily look past all that The only really negative thing I can say about this comic is the artwork which to be fair is decent to pretty Ben Bir G Rgen Dal Y M good when it comes to action layouts and backgrounds but the way some of the characters look it s just yeahStill the artwork does the job just fine most of the time and doesn t distract too much from theood
stories From what I hear Morrison s JLA run ThisFrom what I hear Morrison s JLA run This collects the first 9 issues of Grant Morrison s JLA run Like all of his stuff this is very kinetic work here Lots of action and movement and not much introspection I find a lot of Morrison s dialog to be a bit clumsy and sometimes opaue but the plots are pretty The Cunt And Other Lesser Flowers good if finished off in a slapdash manner occasionallyFor instance the issue dealing with Tomorrow Woman was a nice one issue story but it came together rather uickly She ingratiated herself with the team but it was never really shown how that was done or why she endeared herself to them in such a short time It was a nice throwback to the silver age JLA though and Morrison does that occasionally The Key shows up which was pretty cool for an outdated character And having Green Arrow even though it was Connor Hawke as the first real member of the JLA keeping in line with the Silver Age GA was a very nice touchHoward Porter s art is awful though Wonder Woman is tiny waisted and her unitard barely covers the crack of her ass The proportion is often off and very badly off Scenes are not uite coherent either I don tet the appeal of this Midnight Snack guy s art at all Very middle of the road for me but Morrison does show a lot of promise here I read this book as singles when they were first published but I ve forgotten most of what they re about so it s nice to reconnect Theres so many different layers and ideas here Some work some are just too wacky for me Superman Batman Wonder Woman Green Lantern The Flash Auaman and Martian Manhunter together they are the Justice League of America They face a hostile alien super powered team who appear on Earth to enslave mankind sentient robots the army of Heaven and trickster aliens harnessing cosmic power This is Grant Morrison s late 90s run on the JLA and boy can you tell it s the 90s Superman s rocking a mullet for the first four issues but afterwards inexplicably he becomes all blue and white unrecognisable as Superman besides the pentagon S on his chest He looks like if Derek Zoolander tried a Superman look It s such a strangeear shift to have this bizarre looking Superman suddenly appear and no one commenting on this new costume Auaman looks like Ultimate Thor crossed with Captain Hook his left hand is a Lob golden harpoon Batman literally has claws which seems like something he wouldn t have because it s impractical and looks like it d be suited on Catwoman while Green Lantern s mask looks to be made out of Lego Even the lettering has that 90s look all slanted and sharp Morrison has a reputation for writing abstract weird stories which is totally justified when you read books like The Filth and The Invisibles but he writes JLA straight so you never feel as if you don t know what soing on While the stories are definitely Tuesdays With Morrie grandiose and ambitious enough for this super powered team I found the lineup handling these dangers to be less than pleasant to spend time with Batman is barely in this book appearing in the first 4 issues and thereafter making the bare minimum of appearances I promised the League I d be prepared to function in an advisory capacity herowls at Superman That s what I m doing now before exiting the story He s so contemptuous of the JLA Auaman too doesn t want to be there making sure everyone know that at all times And everyone s mean to Green Lantern Kyle Rayner who s fresh from the ranks of the Teen Titans Rayner s so bullied that he becomes insecure saying things like I can t handle this It s like playing with the Beatles J onn J onzz the Martian Manhunter when he s not making Rayner feel inadeuate is the definition of aloof standing in the background pupil less eyes staring stoically ahead arms crossed Besides one panel one in this book where he shows what he can do he contributes so little I kept wondering what he was doing on the team And Superman and Wonder Woman seem to prefer to work separately and do so most of the time The only 2 who actua. Th's heroes uickly realize they have come in peace Halting civil wars and vanuishing famine the world begins to hail these new protectors But the Dark Knight knows better After Batman discovers their shocking true nature it's up to the World's Greatest Super Heroes to stop themRelive the legendary 1990s JLA series written by comics mastermind Grant Morrison Final Crisis with stunning art by Howard Porter The Flash.