From the very first issue of Grant Morrison's 1990's JLA, story and art SMASH you in the face like a summer blockbuster movie. This is the Michael Bay/Tony Scott/Bombastic in-your-face JLA that doesn't care much about backstories from the characters individual books or tender moments. This is the Parthenon of heroes gathering together to take on Things That Wish To Take Over The World. This stories are epic, huge and oh-so cleverly written with style and panache.
Morrison is at top form, from Batman's "HHHH" that he says every so often (of which I can't ever not hear him doing in my head now) to fantastical Villians-Of-The-Week all competing for the Fate of Mankind, the World, the Universe, the Galaxy. This is big, booming, explosions and top notch character writing all wrapped up in a smart bow.
This third Deluxe Edition collects issues #18-#31(!!!!! in one volume? Woah!). Pages are printed on nice glossy stock (much like the individual issues, and NOT the crappy newsstock of prior TPB's) and the colors are rich and gorgeous, showing off Howard Porter's over-the-top artwork. Let's be honest, I've never been a fan of Porter's work before or since JLA, but for JLA it fits that feeling of Summer Blockbuster Movie, and for that it's perfect. And Batman - this is quite possibly Batman at his best. Morrison loves to write Batman. And Batman loves Morrison.
Morrison starts to decline as the series goes on, though his stories get more and more epic in scale ("We've got to save all the Universe, guys!") so this volume, while having the most issues inside, isn't quite up to snuff with the first two volumes. Still, these are non-stop-I-can't-catch-my-breath stories and definitely worth a read.
I picked these Deluxe Editions up so that I can start weeding out and selling my individual issues/runs, and this is the perfect way to do so. These volumes are big, beefy and gorgeous.
Fans of Morrison should check this out. Fans of over-the-top Superhero action should check this out. This is the big, brawling, ZOMG SMASH STUFF! series with DC Comics' bigwigs at the top doing what they do best: saving the world, the Universe, the Galaxy.