This is a great graphic novel and the first one with a good enough plot line to give the great Alex Ross something juicy to use his full range of talents with, since the ground-breaking Kingdom Come.It keeps the high quality artwork of Kingdom Come and has a good story to back it up along with all the great DC characters we know and love such as Superman, Batman,Wonder Woman,the Flash,Aquaman,Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, the Riddler, Braniac and the Joker.The good thing is that all of these characters get a reasonable amount of story to work with and couple this with the fact that the second volume is out this February, then you know there is more to come!
I won't spoil the plot, but i would recommend this to anyone who loves the DC universe, Alex Ross ( a real legend), or loves graphic novels in general.You will not be disappointed!
Roll on volume 2........i can't wait!
SPOILER AHEAD - VOLUME 2 Review Below
I can't attach a review to volume two, so i have had to review volume two here.
This is the second part of the Justice trilogy by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite. It picks up where the first volume left off.
Aquaman has been experimented on by Braniac with deadly consequences, Superman has been attacked with Kryptonite, the Flash can't stop running!, Green Lantern has been sent to a part of the universe he can't get back from, and the Atom has been shot! Attempts on all the key players of the JLA are under way.
The people manipulating these worrying events are Lex Luthor, Braniac, Grodd to mention a few! Other criminals we see are the Black Manta, Bizarro, Metallo and Parasite.
The plot moves swiftly through this second volume, with as much depth and intensity as the first. We find out more of Luthor's ultimate plan, and we see the JLA trying to overcome the near-death experiences thrust upon them by the criminals.
I won't spoil the bulk of the plot but there are some fantastic set-pieces in here, and so clever twists to really suck you into the plot, and the action! My favourite parts deal with Wonder-Woman and Batman. I can't say why, or i will give up some major plot points, but these two characters really get some good story arcs within this volume.
I read this through in one sitting and was utterly gripped by all of it. This is the best series of graphic novels i have read since Kingdom Come and this is because Alex Ross and co. have really got everything right.
The premise is fantastic, and very relevant to modern life in the world (you will know what i mean when you read the series). The characters are all your favourites - everyone gets a piece of the action, from the major JLA players to some of the minor ones. The pacing is spot on too. Nothing feels padded out, or self-involved, and it doesn't feel like it is forcing the pace either. There are clear plot lines, that don't give you every piece of information you need - you are allowed to have a brain and fill in the pieces yourself; and this is a great feature of this series. You are left to figure out what the hell is going on for yourself, rather than having it force-fed to you!
You also get great introductions from the authors and at the back there are sketches and biographies of the characters in the series. These are better than most published graphic novels!
And finally, the artwork is unbelievably good. Nothing out there in the world of comics and graphic novels touches these. The artwork is up there with my favourite standalone graphic novel of all time : Kingdome Come.
Can you tell that i am totally hooked by this series? It is superb from start to finish and i can hardly wait for the closing chapter to be published.
If you haven't read volume one, you really need to get it and read it before starting on this. You won't be disappointed at all!