Artist: Howard Porter
I have had this book along with the following two volumes (American Dreams, and Rock of Ages) sitting on my bookshelf, and haven't gotten round to reading them. I made a point of putting it in my graphic novel pile, and seems it's only four issues long I decided to read it before Superman: For Tomorrow, which was what I originally planned on reading next, but as I said this is only four issues long, whereas that is twelve.
A group of aliens collectively named Hyperclan have arrived on earth. Their goal is to change earth for the better, as they believe that it's inhabitants will destroy the planet, similar to what the inhabitants of their own planet did. The Justice League of America however see more than meets the eye, and believe that Hyperclan have bad intentions.
This was a good book, but not quite as good as I'd have expected. I've been a fan of Grant Morrison for some time now, and have enjoyed most of his work, but mainly his run on Batman. His Action Comics run also started good, but has went a bit inconsistent of recently, and his All Star Superman series was also brilliant, so I always expect big things from him. Although I expected the same here, it was actually a very decent story to start a series, but still nothing brilliant. The story overall was a bit slow, but I kind of expect that from opening stories, but due to that it just felt a bit dull. It did however pick up pace in the last issue, and a half, and was very exciting after that. The thing I liked most about Morrison's writing on this book was the interaction between the characters, but I'll talk more about that a little later. I do however think that the rest of Morrison's run on JLA will be brilliant, as this story did get very good, but just a little too late.
I'm not too familiar with Howard Porter's work so didn't know what to expect. Although it's far from the best artwork that I've seen, it was still good, and suited the story. To be honest it's the colouring by Pat Garrahy that I don't like in the artwork. To be fair I'm not a huge fan of colouring pre-2000. This is probably due to getting into comics after then, with lovely, realistic colours, but I can't quite enjoy the artwork as much. Besides that Porter's art is very good, and I love the dynamic feel it has. I also love how it's very bold at times, and that it feels very dramatic, and exciting. He also does a great job at action sequences, as they look amazing, and very spontaneous. I do however thing that the way he draws the characters is a bit too rough for my liking, but I have seen much worse artwork in the past.
|Wally and Kyle|
|Batman to the Rescue|
The fight between Hyperclan, and the JLA was awesome. If Batman's rescue was the most interesting thing in the book, the fight was the most exciting. It was marvelous, and Porter did a brilliant job on the artwork. I loved that it showed the potential of every member, giving each the opportunity to show of. It was however a shame that this was too little, too late, as the last third of the book was tremendous, but the rest was nothing more than mediocre. Hopefully this is only a taste of things to come, and that the rest of Morrison's run is better.
This book had the potential to be phenomenal, but besides the last third of the book, it was generally mediocre. I would however still recommend it, as the last third was brilliant, and it was a fun read, but hopefully the other volumes are better.