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Superman, Batman, and the other members of the JLA join forces with Captain America, Iron Man, and the many other Avengers to fight a threat so immense it threatens two entire dimensions. Features introductions by Stan Lee and Julie Schwartz as well as a cover gallery by George Pérez and Tom Smith.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, c2008.
ISBN: 9781401219574
Branch Call Number: BUSIE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pérez, George 1954-


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Dec 30, 2011

Ah, Kurt Busiek, how I miss you. I picked up this series as they first came out, and what a tremendous event it was, particularly in how it made proper use of both universes and still paid due respect to continuity. Contrast that to the sheer mess being made at Marvel by hacks like Bendis and Heinberg these days with various Avengers characters, and it'll take a Busiek to clean it up. He's teamed with the stellar art of George Perez, and the partnership between them works beautifully.

Dec 30, 2011

The cross over between the JLA and Avengers has been in the works for years. An earlier version even got as far as pencilling (ironically enough by George Perez) before it was cancelled. This one finally brings together two of the biggest teams of comics. And because it's superhero comics, there has to be fighting, so we get to see Thor and Superman duke it out, and Wonder Woman and She-Hulk. The best of these is Green Arrow and Hawkeye, although Green Arrow comes out the worst of that. Initially, they teams work against each other but when they realize they are being used, they unite to fight the cosmic big bad.

The biggest issue with this book is the plotting. In order to give the heroes something to fight, Busiek has a new created cosmic big bad to fight against. And for some reason, cosmic big bad looks human and dresses like supervillains. The story telling is disjointed and jumps all over the place, allowing the swapping in and out of historic JLA/Avengers teams and members. Because of the temporal story line, costumes, incarnations and even relationships kept shifting. Other characters in the universes also get cameos, but there is a noticeable lack of X-Men. Busiek justifies this with our supervillain's attempt to force the two universes together causing temporal rifts. But perhaps the worse thing is the deus ex machina ending.

An OK outing, and this group of heroes deserves more than just OK.

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