The Greatest Stories Ever Told

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 11.99
ISBN 1 84576 305 X
Available 23 June 2006

Eight of the best JLA stories - some reprinted here for the first time - are assembled in this must-have collection for all fans of CD's premier super team. Read the adventures starring iconic characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, and more - classic tales that have inspired some of today's mega-popular hits like
Identity Crisis...

The Greatest Stories Ever Told is an odd release. Who decided that these tales represent the JLA at their best is anyone's guess. You may think that Mike Tiefenbacher (comics historian/indexer) chose the stories for inclusion, but he makes no mention of the fact in his introduction - and to be honest his essay is just a brief history of the series.

Oddly enough there wasn't one story in this collection that I would include in my "greatest story" list of JLA tales, but then again that's the problem with collections like this. It's all subjective.

It would seem that to make it into this "greatest story" collection that the tales had to show the JLA being over powered by another group that were their doubles, or the fact that they all were forced to revealed their identities to one another. In fact, more than one of these tales was just a reworking of another in this collection.

While the early stories are interesting from an historical point of view, I'd stop short of calling them classic tales, or even including them in this collection.

What would be more interesting is if DC were to reprint all of the JLA tales in chronological order as they are doing with their Batman and Superman collections.

That said, this is still a great collection that JLA fans will be impressed by.

Pete Boomer

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