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JLA: Deluxe v. 1 Hardcover – 26 Sep 2008


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 1st Edition edition (26 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845768841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845768843
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Grant Morrison is one of comics' greatest innovators. His long list of credits includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, JLA, Seven Soldiers, Animal Man, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and The Filth. He is currently writing Batman and All-Star Superman. Howard Porter has illustrated Aquaman, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, The Flash, JLX, The Ray, The Trials of Shazam and Underworld Unleashed. He is currently one of the art team working on Countdown to Final Crisis.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2012
Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, 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 strange gear shift to have this bizarre looking Superman suddenly appear and no-one commenting on this new costume. Aquaman looks like Ultimate Thor crossed with Captain Hook - his left hand is a golden harpoon! Batman literally has claws which seems like something he wouldn't have because it's impractical and looks like it'd be more 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's going on. While the stories are definitely 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.
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This is one of grant morrison's best books available, and it is easy for people that are new to comics or new to justice league books to jump in.
The book follows the 7 main members of the justice league: superman, batman, wonder woman, aqua man, flash, green lantern and the Martian manhunter. You can tell that Grant Morrison knows each of the characters extremely well; each character has their own moment in the book that stands out. This helps the book feel like a JLA story and not (for example) a superman story where he is working WITH the JLA.
Any fan of DC comics should pick this up, it is a BIG book containing the first 9 issues of Grant's run on the series as well as some original sketches and concepts by Howard Porter.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Gillies on 30 Jan. 2010
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This edition contains the first nine issues of the Justice League of America, Volume 3.

Grant Morrison has not forgotten what it was like to encounter and enjoy these superheroes as a child. He manages to get in touch with that larger than life excitement and put it across successfully. And here we have his first nine issues plus the secret origin from JLA Secret Files #1 in a larger format (deluxe) hardback. What could be nicer? I'd read some of the stories before and oddly enough I didn't enjoy them quite as much as before. There seemed to be a glaring plot fault in the first storyline about the Hyperclan (super och aye!). It turned out that they were the spearhead of a massive alien invasion but why did they bother to present themselves as superhero saviours at the expense of the JLA in the first place?

The Porter/Dell artwork is very dramatic in a comicbook kind of way but it doesn't really let up - it's noisy! - and I felt that it didn't do justice to the poignancy of Morrison's tale of the Tomorrow Woman.

Anyway, these are quibbles. It's a great ride, and even though this is quite mainstream for Morrison, we're still treated to plenty of that off-kilter imagination of his.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edward C. Williams on 30 Aug. 2009
Grant Morrison puts nearly all the classic DC icons back into the League and gives them an up to date treatment. Though it's somewhat more mainstream than many of his books it's a fantastic ride and there is much to enjoy in these early issues. He seems to instinctively understand what makes these characters great, and gives them story lines and villains to match their premier status.
Howard Porter's art is great too, with lovely clean lines and some cracking page layouts, all in all highly recommended
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. A. Jeffrey on 19 July 2009
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Grant Morrison reinvents the classic JLA line up with plenty of plot twists and humour ,artwork is different but works well ,would highly recommend this , not quite as good as the great Zenith by morrison ,but then nothing is.
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