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Alex Ross ~ JUSTICE Hardcovers Art

As the 12 issue maxi-series “JUSTICE” was being published, it took a while for each issue to come out. They were on an approximately bi-monthly shipping schedule, so it took about 2 years for all of it to be published. Jim Krueger provided the script from a story he came up with in collaboration with Alex Ross. Doug Braithwaite pencilled it, and Alex Ross painted over Doug’s pencils. Anyways, DC did something rather smart: because the issues were so far apart, every 4 issues (8 Months) a hardcover collection came out. Those are the first three images I posted.

-The Heroes Cover is for the first hardcover, Issue #s 1-4
-The Villains Cover is for the second hardcover, Issue #s 5-8
-The Armored Cover is for the third hardcover, Issue #s 9-12
-The Final Cover is for the Absolute Edition,
collecting the whole series plus extras.

Honestly, it’s the most enjoyable Justice League story I’ve found. It is not in-continuity, and each issue ended with a “From the Batcave Computer Files” description of one of the characters, with a paragraph or so, written in Batman’s Voice. The exception to that is the Batman entry, which is in Superman’s voice. The story is a great, nostalgic but modern take on the Justice League. It’s like a really good “SuperFriends” Two-Part Episode.
It is new-reader friendly, while being fun for existing fans, and it is GORGEOUS throughout. I honestly can’t think of a better Justice League book.

I LOVED Grant Morrison’s JLA.
I didn’t mind Brad Meltzer’s take on the team either.

I hated the Geoff Johns/Jim Lee reboot. It’s just awful. Like reading the Justice League Coloring book for 5 year olds, punctuated with PG-13 violence. Just awful.

In the Morrison & Meltzer stories, the books were continuity heavy and fun for fans, but not easy for new readers that just saw “Batman Begins” for example. Geoff Johns went WAY overboard in being accessible.

JUSTICE was a deliberate choice to create a stand alone story about the JLA (and the DCU in general) that was readily available to new readers, and would stand the test of time. So, I repeat:

I cannot think of a better Justice League book.

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