Synopses & Reviews
The best-selling, critically acclaimed comics event written written by New York Times
best-selling author Brad Meltzer (Green Arrow
) with art by Rags Morales and Michael Bair (Wonder Woman
) is now available in a stunning softcover edition! This volume collects 2004's evocative 7-issue miniseries that took all-too-human look into the lives of super-heroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.
When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super-hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets! But before the mystery is fully solved, a number of long-buried secrets rise to the surface, threatening to tear apart and divide the heroes before they can bring the mysterious killer to justice.
Bonus features for this edition include extended commentary by Meltzer and Morales, the rest of the creative team talking about their favorite moments, a look at Morales's sketchbook and more!
"This seven-issue miniseries by bestselling author Meltzer (The Zero Game) was both wildly popular and reviled, and the collection shows that both views have merit. It does knock the rust off scores of DC characters while opening avenues to explore post-9/11 morality. On the other hand, it trashes the roles of characters whom readers have come to consider old friends and tampers outrageously with years' worth of continuity. The story begins shockingly when the wife of the minor super hero Elongated Man is brutally murdered. Things get increasingly serious as other members of the Justice League of America find that their loved ones are targets. The super villains are a lot nastier than they used to be; the heroes, meanwhile, are forced to admit that they could have been responsible for some of what's gone wrong when they started tampering with the minds of villains who deserved it or even fellow heroes who merely disapproved of the idea. This makes familiar heroes more morally ambiguous more human and the old, easy trust is lost, with long-term consequences still to be revealed in future DC story lines. In the meantime, Meltzer's script and Bair's inking of Morales's penciled art serves the realistic aspect of the characters very well, making this book a genuine comics landmark. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]his story has had great impact on DC's current output, making it a must-read for many." Library Journal
This volume collects 2004's evocative seven-issue miniseries that takes an all-too-human look into the lives of superheroes, and the terrible price they pay for doing good.
About the Author
Meltzer graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and earned a law degree from Columbia University in 1996.