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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: 1,723,117 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 the Hardcover edition.

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars I love how the Justice League and JSA were having their ... 8 Jan. 2015
By Emmanuel Akinola - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book to gauge how well screenwriter David S. Goyer could handle these characters on the big screen in anticipation for the two part Justice League film in 2017 and 2019. Overall, Goyer and his partner Geoff Johns pulled strong since at this time, they were coming off the successful run in JSA during the 1990s. I love how the Justice League and JSA were having their annual Thanksgiving as one big happy family until they fall under a spell from spirits embodying the seven deadly sins.The story picks up when the Leauge has to protect then-President Luthor from unknown forces. The battles were superb even though the artwork was somewhat lacking. The main plot twist of the main villain's reveal was brilliant and caught me out of left-field which was exhilarating. That reveal elevated the story as he is one of the League's most formidable foes. All in all, this stand-alone story was well executed with the character dynamics between the super-heroes.
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?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 23 April 2014
By Joey Johto - Published on Amazon.com
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Some reviews claim this story to be a cluttered mess. I have to disagree. What a great story. Maybe it's because I love the JSA, but I read this book start to finish without any breaks. Totally recommend it
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a Bad JLA/JSA Team-Up, But What About Thanksgiving?? 18 Nov. 2011
By Critic's Corner - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's a Geoff Johns story that teams up two teams - the JSA and JLA - and though the story starts as a Thanksgiving tale, this is quickly dropped (unfortunately) for the more exciting and interesting action team-up to follow.

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!

Better:

JLA (Book 7): Tower of Babel
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.
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