JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel PDF/EPUB ↠ JLA, Vol.

JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel PDF/EPUB ↠ JLA, Vol.
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel
  • Mark Waid
  • English
  • 23 September 2019
  • 156389727X

JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel✰ [BOOKS] ✸ JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel By Mark Waid ✽ – Essayreview.co.uk BETRAYAL The JLA is the single most powerful group of super heroes ever to be assembled AND THEY RE DROPPING LIKE FLIES Batman s secret files on the Justice League have fallen into the hands of one of BETRAYAL The JLA 7: Tower MOBI · is the single most powerful group of super heroes ever to be assembled AND THEY RE DROPPING LIKE FLIES Batman s secret files on the Justice League have fallen into the hands of one of his oldest and deadliest foes Ra s al Ghul Now, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern, Plastic Man and the Flash are being led into traps specifically engineered to counteract their remarkable abilitiesThe JLA, Vol. PDF \ JLA faces its greatest challenge possible treason within their own ranks Will the JLA survive And if they do, can Batman s hand in their betrayal ever be forgiven The answers lie inside.


About the Author: Mark Waid

Mark Waid born 7: Tower MOBI · March , in Hueytown, Alabama is an American comic book writer He is best known for his eight year run as writer of the DC Comics title The Flash, as well as his scripting of the limited series Kingdom Come and Superman Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics Captain America.


10 thoughts on “JLA, Vol. 7: Tower of Babel

  1. says:

    Batman is right He almost always is The Justice League is a dangerous crowd, and if they ever turned on mankind, for whatever reason, the world would have a serious problem It would be a most bloody business thus, safeguards need to be put into place Batman must plan for the possibility he must have a justice prepared as a last resort He has studied his colleagues he has learnt their weakness he knows how to eliminate each and every one of them But his plans fall into the wrong hands Batman is right He almost always is The Justice League is a dangerous crowd, and if they ever turned on mankind, for whatever reason, the world would have a serious problem It would be a most bloody business thus, safeguards need to be put into place Batman must plan for the possibility he must have a justice prepared as a last resort He has studied his colleagues he has learnt their weakness he knows how to eliminate each and every one of them But his plans fall into the wrong hands The Justice League is brought down, one by one, as Batman s plans are executed by his enemies Each and every superhero falls Ra s al ghul has finally achieved a minor victory But, for all his villainy, for all his terrorism and destruction, his philosophy is powerfully explained in cold logic It is a most dangerous ideal it is morally dangerous, but it is an ideal that is understandable And for me, this makes him such a compelling villain To his mind, he is not the villain he is the hero he is saving the world The real excitement of this came at the end The JLA figured out whose plans brought them down they realise it is one of their own, and they feel betrayed They cannot look at the wider picture, and become detached like Batman They don t understand his wisdom They cast a vote whether he should remain in the league he helped to create It s 50 50 Superman is left with the casting vote The issue ends This is solid storytelling

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    JLA s worst enemyBatman I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I ve chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review. This TPB edition collects JLA 43 46.Creative Team Writer Mark WaidIllustrator Howard Porter KEEP YOUR ENEMIES One of the most celebrated storylines about the Justice League, published on its now iconic run under the title of JLA, where the members of the JLA are attacked using carefully planned strategies designed to beat each of th JLA s worst enemyBatman I bought this in its single comic book issues, but I ve chosen this TPB edition to be able of making a better overall review. This TPB edition collects JLA 43 46.Creative Team Writer Mark WaidIllustrator Howard Porter KEEP YOUR ENEMIES One of the most celebrated storylines about the Justice League, published on its now iconic run under the title of JLA, where the members of the JLA are attacked using carefully planned strategies designed to beat each of them, made by none other thanBatman.Batman is the quintessential paranoic man, where losing his parent when he was just 8 years old didn t help to it, and while he is member of the JLA, he is aware of the tremendous power that each of his fellow mates in team possess, so, he does what any paranoid man would domaking contingency plans to beat each member of the JLA, in case, one of all of them would turn evil and or controlled by a villain.You can t blame him entirely if you think of cases like Green Lantern Hal Jordan.However, his biggest mistake wasn t technically having those counter strategies, BUTnot keeping them secured enough, since a third party, with deep knowledge about Batman, takes those plans against the JLAand put them in practice Of course, Batman never revealed to his allies that he had such insidious designs planned to beat each of them, so when all this is put into lightthe JLA won t be the same any

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    The angst of this story is really interesting but the art was really hard to get past I mean really, really hard It was really a bummer to be honest.This gets at the heart of what most Bat other JL combos reveals the bats don t seem to trust anyone The narrative constantly suggests that they re right not to JL members turn on them, reveal themselves to be evil weak ill equipped to handle threats Then here come the Bats to save the day with careful planning and strategy In some ways, it s The angst of this story is really interesting but the art was really hard to get past I mean really, really hard It was really a bummer to be honest.This gets at the heart of what most Bat other JL combos reveals the bats don t seem to trust anyone The narrative constantly suggests that they re right not to JL members turn on them, reveal themselves to be evil weak ill equipped to handle threats Then here come the Bats to save the day with careful planning and strategy In some ways, it s necessary because it explains why a Bat is almost always a part of the JL It does a good job at reminding readers that you don t need superpowers to be useful in a crisis But, this story is a case of when that compartmentalization and planning can backfire Batman s kind of a dick view spoiler In this story, Ra s al Ghul takes the JL apart rather easily and all as a result of getting a sneak peek at Bruce Wayne s personal How To Destroy the JL guide Apparently, after a case where members of the JL were brainwashed or something of the sort, Bruce took it upon himself to come up with methods to take down every member of the League Just in case Ra s finds these and uses them If it hadn t been for Bruce figuring this out or maybe if it hadn t been for Arthur s quick thinking to rescue Plastic Man the JL would ve really been SOL Of course, in the end, they save the day, but not without consequences.Personally, I m on Diana s side If I found out one of my teammates had a book on all the ways in which they could incapacitate me, I m never working alongside them again How do you work alongside someone you can t trust Apparently Clark felt the same way Because, by the end, it s revealed that Batsy was kicked out of the JL and the rest of the Batkids are being treated like pariahs by connection Again, personally, I think this could have been so much cooler with a different artist hide spoiler

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    MINI REVIEW Ra s al Ghul has penetrated Batman s database on the weaknesses of the JLA members and chaos ensues as the JLA is impotent and one of Batman s smartest villains goes about triggering WWIII But the bigger issue is whether the JLA come on, you expect the JLA to lose and then they won t do any comic series can trust Batman again.Interesting to see how each JLA member was defeated, most of it internal.Tower of Babel is a Biblical reference to how languages were created in the an MINI REVIEW Ra s al Ghul has penetrated Batman s database on the weaknesses of the JLA members and chaos ensues as the JLA is impotent and one of Batman s smartest villains goes about triggering WWIII But the bigger issue is whether the JLA come on, you expect the JLA to lose and then they won t do any comic series can trust Batman again.Interesting to see how each JLA member was defeated, most of it internal.Tower of Babel is a Biblical reference to how languages were created in the ancient days.ARTWORK PRESENTATION B to B plus STORY PLOTTING PANELS B plus to A minus CHARACTERS DIALOGUE B plus to A minus JLA MYTHOLOGY A minus ACTION SCENES B to B plus WHEN READ early October 2013 OVERALL GRADE B plus view spoiler SPOILERS there are two shorts after the main story One in which Batman helps Superman from being framed and Aquaman admits his affections for Wonder Woman why didn t they send J onn, damn it.Batman was ousted on a 4 to 3 vote with Superman casting the final tally hide spoiler

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    Score 3.95 out of 5Grade 79% B GoodThe JLA are being picked off one by one as if someone on the inside kept a diary of all their weaknesses Batman Here is my review of JLA Vol 7 Tower of Babel The Good THE ATOM AND THE JLA This book starts off with an interesting and thought provoking single issue We have the Atom teaming up with the JLA to fight off a cancerous bacteria in a young boy s body Such a unique concept, yet it totally works And not to brag or anything, but there were Score 3.95 out of 5Grade 79% B GoodThe JLA are being picked off one by one as if someone on the inside kept a diary of all their weaknesses Batman Here is my review of JLA Vol 7 Tower of Babel The Good THE ATOM AND THE JLA This book starts off with an interesting and thought provoking single issue We have the Atom teaming up with the JLA to fight off a cancerous bacteria in a young boy s body Such a unique concept, yet it totally works And not to brag or anything, but there were neurological terms in here that I actually understoodlooks like school was good for somethingWhat s interesting is how the social commentary in this still remains relevant today Also, to be completely honest, I got hit with the feels in the conclusion, mostly to do with Superman s arc and helping the refugees This was a grounded, self contained story that didn t need to rely on getting too cosmic, which ended as a pleasant surprise TOWER OF BABEL Wowza A JLA story ACTUALLY about the JLA Not just another big, wacky cosmic adventurecoughGrant MorrisoncoughIt was nice to see some legitimate teamwork between the JLA, and we even see the heroes out of costume Wait whhhhatYou mean that they have other clothes besides their super suit It threw me off for a second, but it was nice to see them just as normal people for once.I need to praise this story for completely altering the dynamic of the JLA There were many times where I felt like the JLA were screwed Not being able to see, developing a fear of water, turning into the Human Torch I kept asking myself, How in the actual f are they getting out of this In the end, I loved the fact that they had to work as a team, instead of another Morrison esque cosmic adventure.It was nice to see some real tension between the team too The fact that Batman would go behind everyone s backs to setup these contingencies broke their trust I LOVED it when the book focused on Superman s perspective super impactful and great character development I could have honestly read the JLA talking amongst each other all day The Bad THE ATOM AND THE JLA The art was bland as hell The bacteria infesting the boy s body was lame and never once felt like a real threat Also, this story has nothing to do with any larger narratives, which some will like, and others will think it s a waste of time It was a detour of a story, which I didn t mind TOWER OF BABEL Although I really enjoyed this, there s some plot holes that are just hard to ignore For instance, considering this was a global event, I guess all the other heroes, which we ve seen in previous JLA stories, decided to just sit this one out Imagine going up against Thanos with only the original six Avengers from the first movie, and having all the other heroes sitting on the sidelines with a bag of popcorn Even just an acknowledgment would have been nice.Another plot hole that bothered me was when Martian Manhunter sets up a telepathic link so that all the JLA members could talk and understand each other Let me put it this way, if the JLA members were unable to understand spoken language, then what makes you think they could understand spoken language originating from the mind The thing is, our brain would process spoken language and telepathic language in the same way there should be no difference.Yes, I m reading WAY too much into this, which reminds me, I should get outsideProbably the weakest part of this book is how f ing annoying Talia isBatman is my belovedlike just stop talking, please I just wasn t interested in her character and rolled my eyes every time she popped up There s also THREE damn times when someone is about to say something important, and then they get cut off by an explosion or something This was okay the first time, but THREE f ing times It felt lazy and clich.It s also bullsh that Ra s just escapes and we don t get any satisfying conclusion with his story Instead, right at the end for our big finale, we re dealt this extremely dull subplot of Rhapastan and some scary biochemical weapons What s sad is this boring subplot hadof a climax than Ra s al Ghul s did Conclusion This book was good, besides a few plot holes and an unsatisfying conclusion It was refreshing to see the JLA getting the sh beat out of them, but still managing to work together and save the world The tension between the JLA was also fun to read and it was nice to actually see some teamwork.Recommended for Fans of superhero ensembles, or people who want to see their favourite JLA members drop like flies because Batman Thanks for reading

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    The Justice League are among the most powerful beings on the planet, if you people can t see the danger in a out of control Justice League, I don t need a vote Batman, Justice League DoomA very meh story however, that is one of the coolest comic covers ever This story kind of just further proves to me that Mark Waid is very overrated he did an amazing job with Kingdom Come , but everything else of his that I have read is very meh, and this no exception So I am familiar with this books The Justice League are among the most powerful beings on the planet, if you people can t see the danger in a out of control Justice League, I don t need a vote Batman, Justice League DoomA very meh story however, that is one of the coolest comic covers ever This story kind of just further proves to me that Mark Waid is very overrated he did an amazing job with Kingdom Come , but everything else of his that I have read is very meh, and this no exception So I am familiar with this books concept, their was an animated film called Justice League Doom , which was loosely based off this story Basically the story is that Batman has secret files on all JL members, and in these files he has created detailed plans to beat them all, if they were to ever be mind controlled or go rogue Ra s Al Ghul, gets his hands on he plans and goes after all the members using the plans The Concept is very good, and I will give Waid points for creativity however the finer details and dialogue is just meh, The Book also gets straight into the action which was a bit jarring, however there is an issue which kind gives background and shows Batman forming relationships with all the members , while secretly studying them, that was quite good, but other then that it was very like I keep saying meh The artwork was all over the place too as it kept switching from artist to artist which added to the jarryness That s totally a word In the end its not terrible, but like I said, meh

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    Book Info This collection contains JLA issues 42 46 and material from JLA 80 Page Giant issue 1.ABSOLUTE RATING 2 5 stars STANDARDIZED RATING Before the main arc begins, there are some short stories that precede it, but I ll just leave that discussion for the postscript But as for the main story As the power hungry and immortal ruler of the infamous League of Assassin s, Ra s al Ghul is one of Batman s most dangerous foes For his latest plot against humanity, Ra s dev Book Info This collection contains JLA issues 42 46 and material from JLA 80 Page Giant issue 1.ABSOLUTE RATING 2 5 stars STANDARDIZED RATING 2 5 starsBefore the main arc begins, there are some short stories that precede it, but I ll just leave that discussion for the postscript But as for the main story As the power hungry and immortal ruler of the infamous League of Assassin s, Ra s al Ghul is one of Batman s most dangerous foes For his latest plot against humanity, Ra s devises an ingenious plan to negate the human perception of written language, thereby plunging civilization into turmoil His hope is that the resulting chaos and warfare will reduce the human population to amanageable level that can be ruled over, putting him in a position to conserve the planet s natural resources, eliminate pollution, and protect the planet s wildlife By targeting the JLA and exploiting their weaknesses, Ra s is able to incapacitate Earth s heroes, rendering Earth powerless to resist him.I think that, at the very core of it, the plot for this story is nothing most comic readers haven t seen many times before The specific method the villain uses here may be unique, but the intended results, and his motives, are pretty typical In essence, this book fits into the class of superhero comic where the villain concocts a near perfect plan for world domination, and neutralizes the hero es so that nothing can get in their way For the most part, this is now a largely outdated approach I think , and I can recall extremely few examples of that kind of story that I actually enjoyed The reason I ve noticed for that is, in these cases, if the conflict isn t resolved through deus ex machina, thenlikely than not the villain s complacency led to extremely stupid mistakes which allow the heroes to gain the upper hand in the end For Tower of Babel and similar to Waid s Superman Birthright the second scenario applies Ra s plan seemed virtually perfect, and total victory was in arm s reach, but because of his arrogance, Ra s failed to seize the opportunity to kill orthoroughly incapacitate the JLA once and for all when they were at their weakest He had no conceivable reason to keep them alive, and enough of his previous plans must have been thwarted for him to know better than to settle for a half assed job, so why he didn t just go the extra mile is beyond me So rather than the heroes outsmarting the villain and saving the day, they just got tossed a freebie If you ask me, this shortcoming alone is enough to take some serious points off the book.Even theintriguing JLA character moments showing conflict and mistrust between members are diminished by the awkwardly chummy atmosphere surrounding the group dynamic It s like on one hand, the team is too playful and protective of one another to be cool, but on the other it s easy to see evidence of deep seated resentments that pop their heads up at times I didn t take issue with the conflict aspect, but I did find the the mushy stuff unpleasant, and in the end Waid s mix of the two makes for an awkward duality And beyond the unremarkable trials endured by the heroes i.e Aquaman vs aquaphobia, Kyle Rayner vs blindness, and the Martian Manhunter vs fire , the story leaves little time for characterization outside of Batman However, even that focuses on the same tired dead parents sob story As the supposed master tactician of the comic book world, one would think Bruce would have been ready for something like this already it s pretty damn obvious and even if he weren t, don t you think he should have been able to show the discipline necessary to reign in his anger and come to his senses once Superman told him the JLA was being systematically hunted by an unknown enemy Come on Bats I know you re smarter than thisThe pacing for this book is very fast, and it almost seemed like Waid thought that since it was a Justice League comic and therefore somehow intrinsically interesting it was okay to just jump into things head first and skip the build up Needless to say, he was wrong there is little intrinsically interesting about the JLA as is true for most other comic book teams and characters , but I do believe they could work under the direction of a decent writer and a strong lead up for the conflict But unless you re a die hard JLA fan and the investment is already there, there really isn t very much here to anchor interest Other than learning that Ra s was an avid environmentalist and animal lover which was fascinating I was never for a moment thrilled orthan marginally interested by anything I read And the conclusion skips over what should have been a deeper andcompelling discourse on trust and responsibility.Aside from the writing, I also had a problem with the comic s illustrations Porter s artwork was bland, and many of his faces were downright ugly and or showed expressions that were overly melodramatic In my opinion, the art was a big part of what hijacked the excitement of the main arc of this book, and even the extra stories featured art of a comparable quality or worse.With this and Superman Birthright , I ve now read through two of his top five most popular and highly rated books If Irredeemable is any better than those other two, I d be absolutely shocked if it s any better than 3 stars I would not have seen this coming, but I think that, as a writer, Waid seems inferior even to Geoff Johns.Postscript Now that I ve already discussed the primary arc in my main review, there are about two issues worth of supplementary material I ll briefly cover here The first one from the JLA 80 Page Giant 1 includes two 10 page JLA team up stories one with Batman and Superman, and one with Wonder Woman and Aquaman Both of them are about 1.5 stars in quality, and too unremarkable even to discuss here The second part i.e issue 42 is a lotinteresting, and involves the JLA embarking on a mission to save a dying man s life by shrinking down and negotiating with a cancerous species of bacteria who have colonized his brain Writer Dan Curtis Johnson throws in some suitable science fiction, while also touching on the philosophical, and making commentary on relevant issues such as global warming Johnson gets through quite a bit plotwise, and there were some cute parallels between the bacteria s civilization and that of Krypton I expect some readers who havecompassion for non human organisms would feelcompelled than I did by this story, but I ve just always had this human centric bias that s prevented me from enjoying these kinds of stories Although I wasn t by any means crazy about this issue, at a measly 2 2.5 stars, it was probably still the single best one in this collection Here s some of the specific stuff I found corny in this book While I do think it s nice that the members of the Justice League are loyal and stand up for one another, this felt a bit too old fashioned and hokey. Oh, come on So Plastic Man got his ass handed to him So what We all know getting hurt is just part of the job description when it comes to being a superhero Kyle s acting like the guy was permanently crippled by the attack or something Any self respecting hero would take offense to such unbelievably patronizing bullshit. Okay The racing is mostly fine But to then include that extra two panels with the two glancing so lovingly to one another is just pushing it They re not even flirting, so I don t see the point of doing all that. Lastly, why is Superman such a pathetic fuck boy That man cried not once, but twice in the same book Does this bother no one but me

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    This story is now classified as DC classics but it is not because of flawless art of mind blowing story It is because of one fact Batman is paranoid nut job who has been studying his colleagues from JLA to find their weaknesses and take advantage of them This is the main reason why I dislike Batman so much but it makes a very good setup for a story There are panels where you can see what appears to be a pleasant friendly conversation but in fact Batman is gathering vital information The mo This story is now classified as DC classics but it is not because of flawless art of mind blowing story It is because of one fact Batman is paranoid nut job who has been studying his colleagues from JLA to find their weaknesses and take advantage of them This is the main reason why I dislike Batman so much but it makes a very good setup for a story There are panels where you can see what appears to be a pleasant friendly conversation but in fact Batman is gathering vital information The most astonishing thing about this fact is that it fits extremely nicely to Batman character

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    I am extremely disappointed in this book This is one of those very rare occasions when a movie vastly outperforms a book It s unfortunate that I saw Justice League Doom before I read this because it took the same incredible premise as the book and hit it out of the park In contrast, the book is silly and heavy handed The main idea of both is that Batman has created plans for each member of the Justice League in case they ever go bad and these plans are stolen by a villian who uses them to i I am extremely disappointed in this book This is one of those very rare occasions when a movie vastly outperforms a book It s unfortunate that I saw Justice League Doom before I read this because it took the same incredible premise as the book and hit it out of the park In contrast, the book is silly and heavy handed The main idea of both is that Batman has created plans for each member of the Justice League in case they ever go bad and these plans are stolen by a villian who uses them to incapacitate the JLA and prevent them from interfering with said villain s plans for world domination In the book, the villain is R as al Ghul who intends to create his own Tower of Babel and plunge the world into chaos This premise is absolutely outstanding because it fits Batman so perfectly and puts him in direct contrast to the rest of the JLA It s really pretty amazing how little they apparently understand Batman At his heart, Batman will always be secretive, paranoid, distrustful of metahumans and a bit of a jerk It s just who is It makes perfect sense that Batman would consider all possiblities and make a contingency plan for anyone with enough power to be a problem Before I get into why the main storyline disapointed me, can I just say this about the Half a Mind to Save the World issue that comes before the main storyline I don t often cuss in my reviews, but seriously, what the fuck was that It has to be a one of the most ridiculous storylines I ve ever seen in a comic book and b has absolutely zero relation to the main storyline of Tower of Babel What the hell was the point of it Basically, the Atom miniaturizes Superman, Wonderwoman, Flash, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner and Martian Manhunter in order to go speak with a civilization of bacteria that are causing a tumor in a young boy s brain Seriously That s not a joke, that s literally what the story is about The bacteria, through their destructive way of living and desire to strip mine the resources from the boy s brain are creating a tumor and killing him These members of the JLA have been given some time to play diplomats with a civilization of fucking bacteria before the doctors remove it with a laser view spoiler Hands down the dumbest moment of what is already an incredibly stupid plot is when the scientist bacteria that is helping the superheroes sacrifices himself and his wife to send their progeny to the boy s liver a la Superman s origin story hide spoiler And then it immediately changes to R as al Ghul plotting the Justice League s downfall No chapter break, just an instant transition after Superman explains the story to the boy who had the tumor Just insanely stupid Alright, on to the main storyline My problem here with it is how little the reader is left to make their own decisions In the animated movie, it s made clear that Batman is a different sort of hero than the others and their inability to forgive his actions causes the conflict In the book, instead of leaving readers to question it, all possible questions are considered by Talia as she details how she stole the plans Literally every question you could have Is Batman responsible Is the JLA too trusting Is it the fault of the humans for some reason Did I burn my toast this morning I hate books that don t credit me with at least SOME intelligence You don t need to spell everything out for me, thanks And I don t blame the JLA for being upset with Batman but the ending was so poor in comparison to the movie that it frustrated the hell out of me For those who have seen the movie view spoiler In the movie, Batman and Superman have a moment, after everyone else has expressed unhappiness with Batman and they have tied on a vote to kick him out of the JLA, where there s understanding between Batman and Superman about their intrinsically different natures and why Batman made the choices he did The book basically has Batman blowing up all of his relationships with no one understanding why he made his choice and or even trying to understand it The book just misses all the nuances of the movie and fails epicly on that count for me hide spoiler To sum up an extremely long review, I am hugely disappointed in how this was handled especially in comparison to an extremely well done movie but the premise is very, very good so it s worth a read just for that

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    Am I the only one who thinks that if you re hanging out with Batman at least a couple of times a month, you should expect that he s keeping secret files on you This is a guy who s the greatest detective on Earth AND who manages to be a celebrity billionaire while maintaining a highly fantastical secret identity the dude clearly knows how to gather information and keep a lid on it.Anyway the Justice League gets all surprised and offended when they learn that the one member in their group who Am I the only one who thinks that if you re hanging out with Batman at least a couple of times a month, you should expect that he s keeping secret files on you This is a guy who s the greatest detective on Earth AND who manages to be a celebrity billionaire while maintaining a highly fantastical secret identity the dude clearly knows how to gather information and keep a lid on it.Anyway the Justice League gets all surprised and offended when they learn that the one member in their group who is universally regarded as quasi nutjob A hole has been studying and recording their individual weaknesses in case they one day go rogue and he has to take them out How do they find out about this Ra s al Ghul steals those files and uses them quite effectively himself.Batman Busted.That s the setup, the book a collection of issues from a 2000 JLA story arc looks at the execution of al Ghul s plan, Batman s efforts to stop it, and the the Justice League coming to terms with what many of them consider a profound betrayal There s also an unrelated story in the beginning of the collection about Atom shrinking a few members of the team down so they can fight off a microscopic civilization wreaking havoc in a kid s brain tumor yeah It s a very solid story and it picks apart one of the most interesting aspects of the Justice League how Batman fits into the group Not only is he the only guy hanging out on the Justice League Watchtower base who doesn t have powers, he s also disliked resented barely tolerated by almost every other member of the group for being a stern, overbearing, humorless bastard I love Batman but yeah he kind of is This book addresses that head on and for that, and the way it skillfully picks apart the heroes weaknesses, I have to give it the praise it deserves.But the art.Oh God Damn The art is atrocious Like, laughably bad onthan one occasion I m not at the level of comic book fan where I can sling artists names and work around with any kind of sophistication, but I know what resembles a 1990s Burger King Kids ad and what doesn t and this stuff could easily have been used to sling JR Whoppers during BUSH I s administration This is most obvious whenever a character has to register shock surprise on their face in a closeup it invariably looks like someone with a JLA fetish had a blowup doll custom designed with glass eyes Thank god the story is solid enough to make this bearable.Anyway, a solid read Definitely a JLA ensemble piece, butBatman than anything else If you can get past the art it s well worth your time

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