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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (26 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840231696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840231694
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 25.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 663,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If successfully reuniting all of DC's flagship heroes under the Justice League of America banner wasn't enough, JLA: Earth 2 finds Grant Morrison producing perhaps his best JLA tale, continued proof of his mission to ensure that the current League's adventures have top-notch super-heroics infused with his customary mind-bending narratives. Here, the oft-used chestnut of alternate realities is given a fresh airing, showcasing his sparkling character interplay. The story comes together nicely: The League rescues a stricken passenger jet, only to find all the passengers are already dead, let alone have their hearts on the wrong side. Then, a Kansas farming couple discover a crashed spacecraft in a cornfield. Sounds familiar. Not so, when Lex Luthor emerges. The pre-eminent superhero of an alternative Earth, he's come to seek the JLA's help against the CSA--The crime Syndicate of Amerika--a superhero team devoted to evil. In a world of exact opposites, how can the JLA tackle a foe who is destined to win? Morrison is at his best here, never once stooping to cheap get-out clauses in his story. On Earth 2, the JLA represent a tyranny of law and righteousness and their doppelgangers are a bunch of intriguingly drawn characters with splendidly twisted locales (Johnny Quick is a drug addict, Gotham is a police state with Gordon as a crime boss). It's been a while since the JLA has been rendered with such a compelling mix of thought-provoking stories and heady excitement- this is just the book to witness it best. Danny Graydon

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Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel ARKHAM ASYLUM to acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, as well as his subversive creatorowned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and New X-Men and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in ALL STAR SUPERMAN, 52 and BATMAN. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson on 16 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
When the Justice League flies out to rescue a crashing airplane, they are shocked to find all of the passengers already dead. Even more strange, when they begin to examine the passengers, they find that they are carrying dollar bills bearing the picture of the first president of America: Benedict Arnold! When they confront Lex Luthor, the Justice League is in for another surprise. He is not the Alexander Luthor they know, but one from a parallel Earth; an Earth where good is evil and evil good. He wants them to come to his reality and help to straighten everything out. Will they do it? Of course...but, there may be unintended consequences and unforeseen players.
This is quite an exciting story. The authors bring the Justice League into a fascinating story, where things are not merely opposite, but forming a consistent reality based on a different outlook. My son and I both loved this book, and think that you will too. Get this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Grist VINE VOICE on 13 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
After thoroughly enjoying the wonderful All Star Superman, I decided to do a search on Amazon for anything by the same writer/artist team and was most lucky to find this little gem.

Now, I do like a well written superhero story, but I'm not normally one for the superhero team up. I prefer a story that focuses on just the one individual as this gives the writer the chance to play more with characterisation and give us a more well-rounded figure in the central roll, allowing us a more intimate connection with that individual. I worry that, having a team of superheroes - and the Justice League of America has some big players in its ranks, not least the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman - will mean a much diluted storyline in favour of servicing big, brash fight sequences.

No fear of that here as Grant Morrison has given us a thoughtful, balanced, exciting, intriguing and admirable little drama that plays more upon the nuances of each superhero's character than how hard they can pummel the opposition. The main reason for that here is that the villains - if such they can be called - are the Crime Syndicate of Amerika; mirror opposites of the JLA from an alternative Earth in a dimension where crime always wins through and the world's societies are pretty much balanced and mediated by evil.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 3 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
JLA:Earth 2 has a good story, but it's the art that really makes this an essential comic book. The books only a hundred pages long and therefore it's a quick read but it looks great and the stories satisfying.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2001
Format: Paperback
Difficult to fault this little gem apart from it simply is not long enough!A brillaint idea: What if the JLA had counterparts that were evil? is given the customary thoughful approach by surely, Neil Gaiman excluded, the finest writer in this genre today. Comments such as those made by Owlman (yes Batman's alter ego)'Well on this world evil always triumphs' are both humourous and call into question the whole notion of reader expectations as Moore always seems to do. Heart on my sleeve I'm afraid I loved this
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
A '60's concept revisited for a new millennium 26 Dec. 1999
By Stephen Richmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The concept of parallel worlds is in no ways new to speculative literature. Indeed, DC Comics introduced this idea in the famous "Flash of Two Worlds" story decades ago, but then came the equally renown (infamous?) "Crisis on Infinite Earths" in the mid-eighties and DC's parallel worlds mess was cleaned up, more or less. But now it's back; this time lightly veiled as an "anti-matter universe". This, the first hardcover JLA graphic novel, is an enjoyable tale for longtime DC fanboys and will cause little problem for those less familiar with the JLA and its also decades-long history. The villains here will look familiar, being the anti-matter universe (where everything is the opposite of the regular universe) counterparts of the JLA's "big guns": Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern as reflected in Ultraman; Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring. Grant Morrison with his usual mastery portrays the antithetical characters with wit and a bit more maturity than would be expected in a monthly four-color comic. Superwoman, apparently more of a dominatrix, is supposedly involved with Ultraman, but has Owlman as well on the side. Johnny Quick seems to have some sort of drug addiction which evinces itself in truly bizarre ways as it passes through his Speed Force. Power Ring, depicted with a very spiffy costume and spiky haircut, seems a tad schizophrenic and somewhat controlled by, rather than controlling his magic ring. Alexander Luthor, a hero in the antimatter universe, is also portrayed superbly with essentially the same personality as his "Earth 2" (his phrase for the DC Universe best known and home to Superman and the JLA), but neatly converted from villainy to heroism. Amazon has a great price for this sure-to-be a collector's item. Again, a fun read for fanboys and first-timers alike.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Morrison and Quietly Give You The Business 28 Oct. 2003
By Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In'JLA: Earth 2' we see a pair of creators firing on all cylinders. Grant Morrison's highly divisive run on the monthly JLA book was hampered by marginal art and an at times suffocating overabundance of characters. Here, he hones it down to the basics: DC's 'Big Seven', and proves what can be done with these characters.
The story thumbs its nose at the monolithic changes made to the DC Comics universe by the 'Crisis on Infinite Earths' and 'Zero Hour' series, which streamlined all the many worlds down into one universe. What fun is super hero/science fiction, Morrison asks, if you can't go to other dimensions? He does what the genre does best: mindbending, impossible scenarios and fantastic action. It was refreshing, in a dark sort of way, to see actual death and destruction in a DC Comic, which usually feature countless 'injuries'.
Frank Quietly's art, as per usual, is astounding. The fine details he invests in virtually every panel reward rereading. His attention to technological detail and architecture are in evidence throughout this book. It's enough to make you wish he could keep to a monthly schedule, or abandon them altogether and stick to larger graphic novels. Pay attention to the many sight gags that populate the alternate universe, especially the Crime Syndicate's headquarters, for an extra treat.
Morrison and Quietly have crafted a highly entertaining story. It's not high-minded. It's not deeply moving. It doesn't aspire to be. It's designed to impress you, and it hits the mark.
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One of Morrison's best superhero stories 9 Oct. 2006
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
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When it comes to Grant Morrison, he's the Alan Moore of the modern age. He breathed new life into the X-Men for Marvel, as well as Animal Man and Doom Patrol for DC/Vertigo, and of course, JLA for DC. Earth 2 finds Morrison once again writing DC's superteam as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter get their world rocked when Alexander Luthor makes a visit. On his alternate world, he's the only hero, and the JLA's evil alter-egos, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, have total control. In response to Luthor's pleas, Supes, Bats, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern plan to overthrow the evil empire, but as they soon find out, things aren't so easily done in this alternate world. Morrison has taken the classic pre-Crisis Earth 2 world and used it brilliantly here, making Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring some of the most evil and coloful villains you'll ever see. Morrison's longtime partner in crime Frank Quitely provides his usual superb art here, so longtime Morrison fans know what to expect here. All in all, Earth 2 is one of, if not the, best JLA yarns you'll ever check out, and it's easily one of Morrison's best superhero stories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Quietly and Morrison... 10 Feb. 2011
By multihuller510 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Not to sound corny, but when Frank Quietly and Grant Morrison work together they almost always produce something both weird and magical. Say what you will about Grant Morrison and his writing style, let's face it..he's either your cup of tea or not; however when he gets his hands on the JLA and DCU characters a great sense of love for the source material comes through. This is especially true when he writes Superman, Wonder Woman, and especially Batman.

Equally important to this piece is Frank Quietly's art work. Like Morrison, people seem to either love him or hate him. Personally, I appreciate his unique style of cartooning. While this graphic novel is not quite as sharp as his magnum opus, All-Star Superman, Quietly's work always seems to choke me up at some point. Evocative is a great word for the work he does.

Without going into details, I really enjoyed the story overall. It is a fun Justice League story told in under a 100 pages. If anything on the negative side, I felt the ending was a little anti-climatic. Still, I wish there were more short JLA graphic novels like this. If you want a quick, fun, and accessible super hero romp this is your book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great story, beautifully illustrated 8 Mar. 2009
By LNovi - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great, entertaining story by Grant Morrison, beautifully illustrated by master Frank Quitely. Morrison adeptly sets up a nice sense of foreboding and tension with the instigating action sequence that serves to introduce the familiar heroes, and their evil counterparts, and maintains this atmosphere as a buildup to an expected confrontation ensues. The story explores the issues of what happens when people of great power interfere in a foreign society, in part through Morrison's explanation of why the JLA can never bring their brand of justice to Earth 2, and succeeds in surprising us with a climactic twist. Frank Quitely's art is simply amazing, as his hatching style brings a down-to-earth sense of realistic sketchiness to the material. Admittedly, one area that gets short-changed is his treatment of the female main characters. He manages the dubious feat of making Wonder Woman look unattractive, and his renderings of Superwoman show that his understanding of the proportions of the female body was not at its best here. Nonetheless, overall readers who follow his work can see that he has since improved in this regard in his subsequent work. Overall his art is dead-on, and his style unique among the pantheon of American comic book artists. One area in which the book falters story-wise (though it may again be attributable to Quitely) is in the confusing decision to give a mustache and glasses to two high-ranking members of Earth 2's Gotham police force, which may cause the reader to understand that they are Commissioner Jim Gordon, despite the fact that one is just an unnamed cop, and another is Thomas Wayne. When we finally meet Gordon, he too has a mustache, but is fat, short, and balding, a design decision that jarringly required me to go back and make sure that I understood who everyone was. In general though, the book is solid entertainment in terms of the writing and the art, and I recommend to anyone wanting to sit back and have an entertaining read.
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