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JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules by Kurt Busiek
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JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules

by Kurt Busiek

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Not great literature, but some interesting ideas and well-written; better written then the usual DC/Marvel trash. At least it didn't insult my intelligence too severely!

Plus I have to admit that I get a big kick out of seeing evil versions of Superman, Batman, and the rest. When they're handled right (as here), they're a lot of fun. And I like alternate universe stories.

I'll admit that the knowledge that DC wouldn't get too nasty with the "dark" characters added to the experience, for me. Unlike some people, I don't like books or comics where the author vies to see just how vile and shocking they can be. I run across that sort of thing more often than I would like.

There's a little of that "normal Americans love their superheroes and fight to help them" shtick in this book. That seems to be a very popular theme for DC/Marvel. But at least it's used to comedic effect; it's still a bit annoying (as it was in Sam Raimi's Spiderman movie), but acceptable. ( )
  PMaranci | Apr 3, 2013 |
Although I thought this one had some big problems with being comprehensible (especially whenever the Qwardian's got involved) it was still a lot of fun. The CSA is great, they're such bastards. It must be fun to write the big 3 without a conscience. ( )
  ragwaine | Feb 14, 2011 |
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The time: one year ago. The place: a tiny eastern european nation, nestled between the banks of the Wladavia and Kjiewicz rivers. The world... ...not our own.
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Seeking retribution for the upheavals in their antimatter universe, the Crime Syndicate of Amerika of Earth 2 brings chaos to Earth. The Weaponers of Qward of the antimatter universe take advantage of the situation and threaten both teams and everyone on earth with a terrible new super weapon.… (more)

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