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JLA/JSA Virtue and Vice Paperback – 1 Jan 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; Gph edition (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401200400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401200404
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,786,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David S. Goyer is the ongoing writer of JSA and screenwriter of Blade II. Geoff Johns is co-writer of JLA, and writer of The Flash and Marvel's Avengers. Carlos Pacheco is the fan-favourite penciller of Avengers Forever and Fantastic Four. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
It's just that. Even though Carlos Pacheco's art is sometimes brilliant, it just cannot hide a rather boring story that precisely falls in the stereotypes of American superhero crossovers. It's not bad, but it's not good either.
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Format: Hardcover
I've been wanting to read DC comics for a while, myself being more used to Marvel. A friend lent me this one so I could be acquainted with both the JLA and the JSA and all those typical DC characters. The book is quite interesting, integrating some of the characters' backgrounds, the interaction between the teams and the seven deadly sins into one quick read. The main problem I found with this comic was precisely the speed at which the story progresses. I believe this would have been a great graphic novel if the author would have let all of it happen slowly, letting the reader notice the characters' behaviour, their adaptation to all that trouble and the sinful personalities developing and acting longer. Other than that, I think it was a good starting point for me and all in all a very engaging story.
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Format: Paperback
During a Thanksgiving Day celebratory get-together of the JLA and the JSA, chaos erupts when seven of the superheroes launch a surprise attack on the rest. With the JLA and JSA scattered and reeling, it's up to the others to find out who or what is behind all this. It's superhero versus superhero with no holds barred!
This is a very good DC story. Admittedly, the whole "entity takes over superhero's mind" has become a bit of a cliché, but I thought that the story was well written, with lots of action and adventure, and excellent illustration work. My ten-year-old son and I both loved this book, and highly recommend it to you.
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Format: Hardcover
You couldn't have a Thanksgiving for the JLA and JSA where everything goes according to plan, could you? This time it's Despero and Johnny Sorrow, and the resulting mess is both fascinating and amusing. The artwork isn't the best, but the plot and character relationships are great (Black Canary, Green Arrow and Dr.Mid-Nite in the same team is highly entertaining) and more than make up for it. There's a nice conclusion and overall, it's a pretty good read.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT TRADITION RENEWED 23 Dec. 2008
By K. Jump - Published on Amazon.com
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It's Thanksgiving, and the members of the Justice League and the Justice Society, DC's two premier super-teams, are getting together to compare notes and beome more acquainted. But without warning seven of the gathered heroes seem to go out of their minds, turning first on their teammates and then upon the rest of the unsuspecting world. Can the shellshocked remnants of the two super-groups put the pieces of the puzzle together before it's too late?

For years, comics fans savored the annual crossover between the JLA and the JSA, and VIRTUE AND VICE revives that tradition in winning style. The back cover promises the reader "one epic adventure", and the plot doesn't disappoint. The script (courtesy of David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns) not only delivers the goods in terms of action and excitement (cloaked in a little mystery), but also succeeds in showcasing the myriad personalites of all the various superheroes involved. Though Superman and Sentinel (the original Green Lantern) emerge as their teams' primary representatives, none of the major players get short shrift: Captain Marvel is wise and powerful, Batman cool and brooding even at Thanksgiving dinner, Atom shows why he's a giant at any size, and Power Girl...well, Power Girl gets to strut her stuff and remind us all why she's always been so much more fun than Supergirl.

The artwork is brilliant, thanks to the pencils of Carlos Pacheco and the inks of Jesus Merino, with a particularly awesome two-page splash near the story's climax that would make a great poster. The eventual revelation of the villains behind all the mayhem may not be a real shocker to longtime fans of either team, but it makes sense and culminates in a major battle royal that throws out all the stops.

VIRTUE AND VICE is a great comic book story that I heartily recommend to any fan, old or young. It's got superheroes at their best, struggling to rise above their worst, and villains you love to hate. What more could you ask for?
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Tale 19 Feb. 2007
By Paul Meloon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Unlike Golden Age crossovers which dealt with Earth 1 and 2, this crossover between the two super justice teams does not need any sort of bizarre extra-dimensional rift. They are just getting together for dinner. Batman and Mr. Terrefic have the best conversations and it is a story that shold translate for years to come.

The art is also top-notch. I recommend this book higly.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a great fan of the JLA but this book is disappointing considering the hype.
Plot/story - nothing new, seems like rehash of previous crisis class events.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest superheroes of all time together again! 19 Dec. 2002
By Blake Petit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I don't care what it takes -- get David Goyer and Geoff Johns writing the regular Justice League monthly comic RIGHT NOW.
Goyer and Johns already are the regular writers on JSA -- the Justice Society of America. For superhero neophytes, here it is in a nutshell -- the JSA were the first superhero team ever. These days it is comprised of elder statesmen like the original Flash, Green Lantern and Wildcat guiding younger second-generation heroes like the new Star-Spangled Kid and Mr. Terrific. The JLA made up of the current superhero top dogs, featuring Superman, Batman, the current Flash and GL and the like. In this tale the two teams gather for what they hope will become a Thanksgiving tradition, only to have their celebration thrown into turmoil when members of the two teams are possessed by the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man. (You've heard of `em, right? Sloth, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Pride, Envy and Greed?) The possessed members dispatch their teammates and go on a rampage, leaving the others to try to free themselves, save their friends and find out who's behind this madness.
While a knowledge of DC Comics continuity helps, it is by no means a necessity to read this book. Goyer and Johns have written brilliant interpretations of the JSA for years now, and in this book they prove they can handle the JLA as well. Not only that, they can balance the two teams, giving each hero his or her moment in the sun, and utilize and develop not one, but three villains (not counting the Seven Deadly Enemies of Man) in a story worthy of the best these teams have to offer.
The artwork by Carlos Pacheco is brilliant. Superman looks strong, Captain Marvel looks innocent, every hero and heroine is perfect, and the double-page spread near the climax of the reunited heroes storming into battle is something I'd frame and hang on any wall.
This book is the best these heroes have been treated in years. Here's hoping Goyer, Johns and Pacheco grace us with another one soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reviving a worthy tradition! 8 Feb. 2004
By Edmund Lau Kok Ming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll admit that my review of this book is probably colored by the fact that I read the two volumes of "Crisis of Multiple Earths" back-to-back before reading this one. The two "Crisis" volumes collect the justly-classic JLA/JSA crossovers from 1960 to 1970 reminding younger readers about the annual events of the two groups meetings in the Silver Age. All that however, ended in 1985 with Crisis on Infinite Earths. This present volume by Geoff Johns, David Goyer, Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino attempts to revive that grand tradition.
The current members of both teams JLA and JSA decide to meet for Thanksgiving, they take down a villain together and end up in another meeting at the JSA Museum. This is where everything goes crazy! Team members started acting all weird... suffice to say, events take on a global-cataclysmic-level and the "still-normal" members of both teams are thrown all over the place (Limbo, Fate's Crossroads Tower, etc.). They then brought in all the "reserve members" like Black Canary, Green Arrow, Firestorm, Zatanna, etc. to save the day. So you can imagine the number of characters artists Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino have to draw! And boy did they do a bang-up job with the art. Detailed, yet clear. Clean-lines, realistic renderings of hair, clothing, wrinkles, etc. yet with a Byrne-like sense of cartooning fun. As for the writing, I would say that Goyer and Johns do far better-writing on their monthly JSA title than here. Sure, there are many "cool character-moments" and the threat here is big but nothing like the kind of energy you get from their monthly title. Like another reviewer mention, this story is good but not great. My advice, get it in softcover rather than hardcover. The paper quality in the softcover is very good (unlike the usually very-thin paper used in other DC collections). But GET it, nonetheless. This book marks a return to the great annual tradition of JLA/JSA meetings... and I say it's about time!
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