Monday, July 18, 2011

Justice League of America by Dwanye McDuffie (Review)

Citizen's Grade: O.K.

After Brad Meltzer's run on Justice League of America (see: JLA by B.M.), Dwayne McDuffie took over and hit the ground running with "The Injustice League". He would write 4 volumes of the JLA; and along with Ed Benes and a few other artists, make it an enjoyable run with some interesting plots and characters.

The Injustice League. The wedding of Green Arrow and Black Canary is the perfect opportunity for the villainous trinity of Lex Luthor, the Joker, & Cheetah to put together their own League. The three hand-pick the most terrifying villains in the DC Universe to accomplish their mission of destroying the Justice League. An epic showdown ensues as the JLA's heroes must infiltrate the Hall of Doom to rescue their captured teammates. It's Injustice for All!

Sanctuary. After the events of Injustice League and others incidents, the Government begins rounding up super-villains and transporting them off-world to a distant planet for humanity's protection. What will the Justice League do when super-villains break into the Hall of Justice....looking for protection? Earth's greatest heroes face-off against the Suicide Squad to protect the rights of villains! Written by Alan Burnett.

Meanwhile, McDuffie was joined by artists Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pacheco, Jesus Merino, & JonBoy Meyers in short stories catching us up on the characters of Vixen, Red Tornado, The Flash, and The Gathering Crisis.....Vixen's powers have changed, Red Tornado is having family issues, The Flash & Wonder Woman stop Queen Bee, and the build-up to Final Crisis.

Second Coming. A mysterious and unknown force has changed Vixen's powers, making her one of the JLA's most powerful heroes! So why is she dismissed from the League? Meanwhile, Batman and others are preparing Red Tornado's new body...which is hijacked by Amazo! Vixen returns to save them, but the force behind her new powers reveals the League is in danger of being erased from reality! It's up to Vixen to face Anasi, the trickster god of her tantu totem.

When Worlds Collide. McDuffie re-introduces the DC Universe to the Red Circle characters he created. The Shadow Cabinet breaks into Justice League Headquarters to steal the remains of one of the League's most dangerous enemies. But in the shadows, a force lays wait to ruin their secret plans. Sudden departures and personal rivalries threaten to tear apart the Justice League from within. Some of the art done by Rags Morales. For an indepth review, read JLA: When Worlds Collide.

Dwayne McDuffie's other accomplishments include creating the animated tv series Static Shock, writing and producing the animated series Justice League Unlimited, and co-founding the pioneering minority-owned-and-operated comic-book company Milestone Media. He also wrote many of the Ben-10 Alien Force episodes, some Teen Titans, Scooby Doo, the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and his last work...the animated movie All-Star Superman.

Dwayne McDuffie passed away on February 21, 2011. He was 49 years old.

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