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Review: Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench

Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench
Aquaman, Vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really loved how Geoff Johns played upon the running joke of Aquaman never getting any respect and being the joke member of the JLA. The writing was top notch, and the read was very enjoyable. I eagerly look forward to future installments.

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Review: Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age

Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age
Justice Society of America, Vol. 1: The Next Age by Geoff Johns
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story arc is what made me such a fan of the JSA series, and to this day I find myself returning and reading this story arc time and again, even more than I do my favorite Avengers stories under Busiek’s reign. The writing is really down to earth, and it puts a human face on the super heroes of the DC universe, doing so in a fashion that is very believable. This book made me a life-long fan of the series, constantly seeking out new stories in an effort to feed my addiction. If you haven’t already tried Justice Society I can’t encourage you enough to give it a try, and this is a great place to start.

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Review: Starman: Sins of the Father

Starman: Sins of the Father
Starman: Sins of the Father by James Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had forgotten how much I liked this iteration of the Starman series. I was a big fan of the prior series of this name, and when it eventually collapsed under the weight of poor writing and artistic talent I waved it a sad farewell. When this series launched I ignored it as a poor pretender, without ever giving it a try. Years later I gave it a try, once it was firmly ensconced, and found that I actually enjoyed it, but I never made the effort to go back to the beginning…until now, even more years later.

What I have now learned is that the prose style of writing that I came to love about it were present from the very beginning. The writing is very much like reading a pulp novel, and the artwork matches the writing style very well. I have also learned that the roots of the character go even further back, and the original character of Starman was present in the early stages of the Justice Society of America (JSA) which was a precursor for the Justice League of America (JLA) with which most super hero comic fans are familiar. In this case the original Starman is the father to the hero, unwilling though he may be, of the current series. I finally learned how he took on the mantle and made it his own, perhaps more so than his father ever did.

I had a great time reading this volume and am eagerly awaiting additional volumes showing up at the library for me to read.

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Review: JLA: One Million

JLA: One Million
JLA: One Million by Grant Morrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The concept behind this volume is interesting, but the major flaw is that what I want to read more of is the stories of the future rather than stories of the present generation of JLA. The stories of the various generations of the JLA, or at least the minor snippets we were given were just enough to really whet my appetite for more of those stories. Regrettably they were nothing more than flavor to fill in a history for the far future versions, and I would really love to have read more of those stories. Granted, I am also a fan of the Legion of Super Heroes and I love science fiction, so I guess it would be logical that I would be drawn to other futuristic stories.

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Review: JLA/WildC.A.T.s

JLA/WildC.A.T.s
JLA/WildC.A.T.s by Grant Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Actually rather disappointed. Turns out the story is one I have already read, bundled up in some other collection, so this was a wasted read for me. The story itself is actually rather good, but I had thought that this was a new crossover story, and finding out otherwise was what drove it down a star for me.

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