- 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: 1,723,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
JLA/JSA Virtue and Vice Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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About the Author
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 the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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?
I was disappointed in no further development of the Thanksgiving angle (think of Power-Girl serving dumplings, LOL) and we dive right into the world suddenly going crazy. And several of our Justice League and Justice Society members go crazy. How crazy? Each is taken over by the demons of the 7 deadly sins (yeah, Power-Girl is Lust - she gives tongue to Superman - not exciting, LOL) and really beat the crap out of the other members.
Some allusion is made to the earlier Justice League story, Tower of Babel (a much better story, by the way). The best thing about the story is the action - Despero, Mr. Sorrow and some Apokolips guy get involved and most of the world goes psychotic, with a middle eye in their foreheads.
The art is not the best, and it's hard to follow the story at times - not one of Johns' best stories. But what's good about it is Luthor, some type of conspiracy theory, and enough magic and demon action to satisfy all those Dr. Fate and Zatanna fans out there.
Get this used or at the library!
JLA (Book 7): Tower of Babel
The art is also top-notch. I recommend this book higly.