- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Deluxe edition (4 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401233147
- ISBN-13: 978-1401233143
- Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 0.9 x 25.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,40,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
JLA Vol. 1 Paperback – 4 Oct 2011
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So, during the 90's, DC said that no hero with his/her own solo series could be in the Justice League, and sales fell. Eventually, Morrison was asked to write the title, and he demanded to bring all the universe's heavy hitters back. Thus begins one of the best runs of superhero comics. Morrison brings together Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman into one great adventure series. I can honestly say I was never bored once while reading.
Now, the lack of side stories does raise a few issues. Superman gets a new costume I'd never heard of halfway through, and some other minor things. But that doesn't detract from the story in any significant way. Any fan of the DC Universe should be satisfied with this comic.
The first story is a 4-parter which I hope DC uses in some form to pace out the just announced JLA movie set for 2015. It's followed up by a great one-shot story about an almost-villain that might throw new readers due to Superman's costume change; just know that at the time it made perfect sense in his own series of books. Next comes an out-of-the-blue end-of-days story which is also the one and only story in Morrison 4 years on this title where he actually gives Wonder Woman some panel time to shine through - "Angels. Meet Wonder Woman." The book closes out with a 2-parter that involves a long-time villain that for JLA fans will be a real treat but one who really needs no introduction for newbies, plus the plot twist is pretty brilliant!
The art is grand, the colors pop off the page, and the action keeps coming. True it is light on character development but Morrison specifically set out to tell action tales and DC at the time of original publication preferred to have the character's solo titles tackle all that so what we get here instead is flashes of character interaction that give us insight into how and why these world-saving heroes work together so well.
The stories are well told and thoroughly entertaining. The book opens with a 4 issue arc, and then it has several smaller arcs, some lasting for just one issue. It can be a little confusing sometimes, and you might want to read things twice, but overall, by the end, everything should make sense. Minor characters that appear throughout these stories include Neron, Connor Hawke, Ivo, Metamorpho, and several other notables. But the big draw are the 7 stars of the series: Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman. They are all characterized extremely well and they all have a part to play. None of them are under or overused.
The art is really good, and colors are used effectively. However, the characters are drawn a little inconsistently at times. But nothing is too troubling, and the majority of the time I greatly enjoyed the art.
This collection gets 5 stars. The first time I read it, I thought it deserved 4, but after re-reading it, its brilliance truly shines through. You're getting 10 great issues, which are spanned over 256 pages. There are no additional comics that need to be read beforehand, as this series explains itself well. And for the quality of this book, and how much it contains, the price is quite fair.
A classic read. I look forward to continuing the epic in Vol. 2!