- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (1 August 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 156389727X
- ISBN-13: 978-1563897276
- Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1 x 25.8 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,43,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
JLA: Tower of Babel - VOL 07 (Justice League (DC Comics) (paperback)) Paperback – 1 Aug 2001
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*JLA Deluxe Edition Volume 4 includes the Tower of Babel story arch.
It is about Batman and discovering that he kept a record of weaknesses and traps for all the Leaguers in case something happened to them that made them turn against humanity. The discovery was only made after these records fell on an enemy's hand and he was using them against them. It is interesting to see everyone's weaknesses since we always see the invincible side of each Leaguer. It is also interesting to see if they can conquer these traps and what they will do to Batman afterwards.
The first short story is basically a JLA incredible shrinking man story where they are shrunk to battle disease in a sick boy's body. It is somewhat interesting but not a whole lot.
The third story is possibly the weakest one where Batman tries to find out if Superman is quilty of murder. Starts out strong but ends very quick and disappointedly.
The fourth is the shortest story of all where we find out a secret Aquaman has been hiding.
However there is an inherent danger in the creation of these plans that is explored in Tower of Babel and the animated adaptation Justice League:DOOM. What if a super villain got a hold of these detailed plans? The world would now be at their mercy and only Batman could turn the tide. This is the story explored by Mark Waid. This premise alone makes the book worth reading, but is also an excellently crafted story and shows great understanding of the various heroes and villains personalities. It's a must read for Batman fans and highlights a dark but intriguing aspect of the character.
Al Ghul has decided that instead of global flood, he will create a language barrier. He has created a device that makes all communication unintelligible. Without language, the human race will kill one another in chaos.
After a close aversion to crisis, the JLA must decide whether or not Batman will remain a member.
I think that Batman is well within his rights; here are people with god-like powers that could conquer the world if they so desire. He is without powers; were he required to fight one of them he would easily be killed. He needs an upper hand.
This storyline points out that the JLA has had, to some degree, a "superpowers only" membership policy. It is a sort of unwritten law, but this storyline uncovers the tension that exists between superheroes and ordinary humans. Though he is very capable, Batman is still an ordinary human. There is a constant uneasiness between Batman and Superman.
I got it mainly because Batman was the central character. I was not disappointed.