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JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell [Paperback]

Warren Ellis , Butch Guice
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21 July 2006 Jla
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter - individually they are mighty, but together they are the world's greatest team of super-heroes - "The Justice League of America"! Lex Luthor's employees are committing suicide in Metropolis - their deaths connected by the number 1106. Meanwhile, explosions rock the home cities of Batman, the Flash and Wonder Woman. Someone or something is trying to manifest Hell on Earth, and only the combined might of the Justice League can stop it! Superstar writer, Warren Ellis ("Authority"), brings his hard-hitting, widescreen action to the printed page, with comics veteran, Butch Guice, providing the visuals!

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845762509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845762506
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,769,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Warren Ellis is well known in the comics field and beyond, with writing credits on the Authority, Planetary, Global Frequency, Hellblazer, Transmetropolitan, Stormwatch, Fell, Desolation Jones, 2000 AD, Batman and Ultimate Fantastic Four. Butch Guice's artwork has appeared in many titles over the years, including Birds of Prey, Teen Titans, X-Men, Resurrection Man and Ruse.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. S. W. Steel VINE VOICE
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This is one of those Justice League of America books that doesn't really fit into a big series and slips underneath your radar unnoticed. I came across it whilst doing a really general search on Amazon and saw that it was a pretty good price, and so i decided to give it a whirl.
I wasn't disappointed either. It is a pretty good story throughout and has all of your JLA favourites in it - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash and the Martian Manhunter. It also has some nice cameos from Lex Luthor and the Oracle from the Batman universe. The basic idea is that an entity called Z (yeah, not exactly a winning name is it?) has travelled the universe trying to find the strongest heroes and bringing death and destruction on those worlds he finds unworthy. Now he has come to Earth to fight the JLA. Will they prove themselves worthy whilst battling against their deepest fears?
That is a really basic outline of the plot - i'm trying not to give too much away!
The pacing throughout is good, and the artwork is pretty good too - if not totally fantastic or ground-breaking. One of the things i really liked though was a piece where the JLA confront Lex Luthor in the White House - there is some really nice humour in there especially from the Martian Manhunter which made me laugh out loud.
This book also benefits from having a stripped down JLA team. Sometimes, JLA stories have just too many heroes involved, and they don't always need them to tell a good story. Each character here gets a good share of coverage in the book and i didn't feel like i was being short changed by any of them.
So, all in all i would highly recommend this to any JLA fans out there.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright for the JLA, Bad for Ellis 11 July 2006
By Lewis Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a pretty big fan of Warren Ellis' other stuff and Guice's art looks very nice (he draws a great Oracle!!!) but this story, at best, is mediocre JLA stuff. You know, the type of JLA story where they go fight something powerful, lose in the fight for a bit, but eventually beat it. While that may be considered good for other writers, I was really hoping Ellis would have it be better than that. Unforunately, that's not the case.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great artwork, nice sci-fi, story is lacking 16 July 2009
By Robert M. Bram - Published on Amazon.com
JLA Classified: New Maps of Hell is a Justice League of America comic by Warren Ellis and Guice Jackson. It features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and the Martian Manhunter. It also features some of the most stunning artwork I have ever found in a comic book.

Like I said, the artwork is amazing. There is a thoroughly realistic look to the human characters, and Lois in particular is striking: smoking hot facial expressions and exquisite depiction of her posture, even reclining on a couch. She is truly beautiful, and not in a smutty way. From the first few pages I was hooked on the treatment of Superman and Lois; more adult and serious - not dark per se, just "down to earth" (pun intended). However, Lois and Superman were the only characters I got this good feeling for, probably because none of the other characters had a "partner" of any sort to contrast with.

Secondly, I was pleased to find a decent level of science fiction in this comic. I readily admit that I am not well read in comics, so maybe this is a norm for super hero comics, but I don't think it is. Superman uses his super-vision to see his environment at a microscopic level; he discovers a weakness in the antagonist by analysing the wavelengths of visual signals. The Oracle at the Bat Cave uses a network of super-hero analysts to decode messages. Some of the sci-fi elements seemed natural to me, like Superman using his super vision to look at the microscopic world. Some elements seemed a bit dodgy, such as telepathic broadband! Does that mean there are some super heroes stuck on telepathic dial up??

A third element I enjoyed was the brief introduction to Lex Luthor as a hard hitting business man who had made himself president of America. I imagine he will be a serious antagonist in this role in future issues.

What I didn't enjoy so much was the overall story. It was too short. There wasn't enough of it to really suck me in, to involve me emotionally in what the characters were going through. Perhaps it is simply a reflection of the relative brevity of the comic. Maybe it needs to be "novel" length to get really serious with the story. Or perhaps Watchmen spoiled me; having read Watchmen recently, I secretly expect the same depth in every comic.

I thoroughly enjoyed this comic for the artwork and science fiction concepts used. I found the story deficient, but not so much that I regret buying the book. 4 out of 5.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What I expected, nothing more. 22 Oct 2006
By Red - Published on Amazon.com
I've disowned the JLA ever since The Tenth Circle came out, but I picked this up because I desperately missed the company of my old DC friends. The art work was definently some of the better stuff I've seen, but the writing was not what I wanted to see. I got an overall sense of a blase attitude from the JLAers in that "Sure, this guy is a little tough, but we've seen worse, we'll beat him eventually." There was very little doubt in both my mind, and I think the characters' minds that they would overcome the threat by the end of the book. And that's what I hated the most.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Graphic SF Reader 3 Sep 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
I had a look at this because Warren Ellis was writing it. It is not bad, and not good, either. It is basically an average Justice League of America story, with a little bit of a JLA twist. Ellis only fans probably won't be too interested, but JLA fans won't mind it too much at all, it is just another of things.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New Maps of nonsense more like it. 16 Jun 2007
By Matthew Vale - Published on Amazon.com
Ellis should be ashamed that he wrote this.

There is no motivation for any of the characters to act they way they do.

And why is Green Lantern all of a sudden being drawn in a costume that was never seen before.

Truly, a missed opportunity.
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