Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Justice League of America: Extreme Measures

Justice League of America: Extreme Measures

New volume of the Anthology CD collection of JLA with Morrison.

The book includes the episodes Justice League of America # 22 to # 26, # 28 to # 31, and the special issue JLA # 1000000.
Everything is written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Howard Porter & Mark Pajarillo.
Graphically, nothing to jump to the ceiling but we have seen much more ugly. Especially the coloring that lacks nuance. The story, he, is against some fairly typical productions of the 90s. Basically, we will find most of the action, action, and between the two for a break from the action.

It is essentially a fair enemies with alien creatures, of ultramarine, a threat from the fifth dimension, in short, Morrison portrays the big guys and it should occupy. Level characters, we find the headliners (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash ...) but also lesser known sidekick (Zauriel, Steel, Plastic Man ...). The JSA also makes an appearance.
Strangely, these episodes have had some success at the time (explained in part by the return of the heavyweights in the DC JLA). Yet it is quite painful to read. You really cling to understand the motivations of the protagonists or the operation of certain events, and the author emphasizes the action so that it becomes dull and repetitive heavy.
There is nothing complicated in the context and the relationship between the characters, there is virtually no exchange just outside the "how we are going Latter these guys?". Finally almost the reverse of an Identity Crisis, which, though deep and subtle, allowed to return to the DC Universe with ease and enthusiasm.

Also difficult to find the "paw" clean Morrison. The writer did a good (Batman: Arkham Asylum, X-Men), the very poor (Kill your boyfriend), the excellent (We3), the unusual (The Mystery Play) but it has rarely, as here , is also flat and bland. And even if a few lines of dialogue are sometimes reminded that an author is to maneuver and bring a touch of humor, the key is too full of wind and tasteless fights that one is actually shipped, or even just interested, this accumulation of questionable adventures. Even taking into account the context and the imperatives of the time, the JLA noisy, messy and conventional to be like a caricature of the super-hero genre.
In any case difficult to find in it the slightest beginning of pleasure reading.