The Justice League of America is the ultimate dream team made up of the greatest heroes the world has ever known: Superman, the Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman and the Martian Manhunter. A coven of vampires has set their sights on increasing their power base. With the League under attack from these mysterious beings, it is surely only a matter of time before one of them will fall...The celebrated fan-favourite team of Chris Claremont (X-Men, JLA, Fantastic Four), John Byrne (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men) and Jerry Ordway (JLA, Superman, Wonder Woman) pits the JLA against the next generation of villainy.
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It's a shame that JLA went from Joe Kelly's generally good (and at times, excellent) arc to...this. Once upon a time, Chris Claremont was a top-notch storyteller and Byrne a fantastic artist. These days, Byrne's work looks sketchy and dated, while Claremont's writing is clunky, obvious, and blunt. The story revolves less around the Justice League and more around the "new" Doom Patrol, serving as a springboard for Byrne's revamped (or unvamped, if you read those reviews) version of that team. The implications on continuity of treating a well-established team like the Doom Patrol as if they were all-new players is never addressed, nor are any of the Leaguers' prior experience with vampires like the story's antagonist (Superman, for instance, just has a run-in with Dracula not more than a year before this story debuted). This story is uninteresting and poorly characterized (none of the leaguers are very distinct), and very much misses the high standards set by the series' previous...
This story is not only a mess, but it's a blatant disregard for all that has went before it in the DC universe.
Chris Claremont disappoints yet again. It's as if after leaving his first tenure on X-men in 1991 (which is rich in craft and story), he just stopped caring about the details. Like Plot. Continuity. Characterization. A reason for characters to be there in the first place. And vampires? That's the best he could come up with? You needed the JLA for that? Maybe Mr. Claremont should read Grant Morrison's brilliant runs on JLA, Doom Patrol, and his own New X-men. He might learn a trick or two. I implore you. If you must read Claremont, pick up Essential X-men instead, or Dark Phoenix Saga. Anything he has written since the Jim Lee days has been not just awful, but disrespectful of anyone who worked on these characters after he left. His X-men stuff today is just as bad. He's an author who should just know better and bow out.
Like many posters regarding this storyline, I was, and still am, a huge fan of Claremont & Byrne's run on X-MEN. I am also a fan of Byrne's run in the 80s on FANTASTIC FOUR & WEST COAST AVENGERS. That being said, this is one of the most disappointing books I've ever read. A VAMPIRE??!! Named CRUCIFER??? These characters have looked Darkseid in the face and won, but they almost get bested by a character that not even Hammer Films would have created?? Is it 1983 all over again? The sad fact of the matter is, while comics have evolved over the last 20 years since the Miller/Moore events, these two creators have remained tethered to an archaic and irrelevant form of storytelling. Now, I'm all for comics being grand adventures without bloody violence & T & A - they don't all have to be WATCHMEN or PREACHER. And it's important to tell stories like that to help bring new readers to the form. But you've got to have a good story and believable dialogue. Claremont's script has all of...
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