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A/V Onion Club: "The ill-conceived DC Comics Classics Library series ... continues to get it wrong with Justice League Of America By George Pérez: Volume One"

posted Oct 24, 2009, 8:56 AM by Vu Sleeper
From avclub.com


DC COMICS CLASSIC LIBRARY: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA BY GEORGE PEREZ (Aug 2009)

FINAL CRISIS: LEGION OF THREE WORLDS HC (Oct 2009)
Comics Panel
by Zack Handlen, Noel Murray, Leonard Pierce, and Tasha Robinson October 23, 2009


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The ill-conceived DC Comics Classics Library series—which so far has been dedicated to reprinting stories of middling historical and/or aesthetic value, at a needlessly high price—continues to get it wrong with Justice League Of America By George Pérez: Volume One (DC). Pérez’s work on the early-’80s JLA is worth collecting: Though these comics aren’t as memorable as Pérez’s collaborations with Marv Wolfman on the contemporaneous New Teen Titans, Pérez’s art is dynamic, and Gerry Conway’s stories are generally entertaining. (Though they all end sort of abruptly, as though Pérez ran out of paper before he ran out of script.) And the CCL package is well-assembled; it includes an introduction, an afterword, and bonus art, and the printing job is pristine. But the price point remains ridiculous for this series. DC is asking for $40 for a normal-sized hardcover containing reprints of only six issues. Pérez only penciled four more issues of Justice League during this run. How hard would it have been to include those issues, instead of shuffling them off to Volume Two, which is also $40? For that matter, why does the price need to be so high to begin with? By contrast, the new collection Final Crisis: Legion Of 3 Worlds (DC) is of a comparable size and arguably of superior quality in terms of its art and story, and yet it only lists for $20. Writer Geoff Johns spins off from DC’s Final Crisis crossover to tell a story of three Legions Of Super-Heroes from three different universes, banding together under Superman’s leadership to fight the evil Superboy-Prime and The Legion Of Super-Villains. The story offers fairly typical “Here’s a bunch of old characters fighting” fare, but with Pérez handling the art chores (with inks by Scott Koblish), both the characters and the fighting look absolutely awesome. This is a collection for people who like a lightning pace and page after page of costumed mayhem. And it’s a relative bargain… JLA: C-; Legion: B+
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