the Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman,
and Batman each are forced to face a time when they were unable
to save an innocent or prevent disaster. Like police officers
and fire-fighters who share a bond only their brethren can
understand, the JLA members must help each other process the
pain and go on with their mission... and their lives...
of the Gods is, I'm guessing, inspired by the events of
11 September 2001. The blurb above, which appears on the back
of this collection, is the clearest evidence of this - not
until after the collapse of New York's twin towers were the
world's fire-fighters given the true recognition they deserved.
of the JLA are put in no win situations, where innocents die.
But I failed to see why this seems to get to them now - when
this must have been happening to them for years. In a situation
where a building is on fire, it is not possible to save everyone
and those that are the saviours can just as easily be killed
(yet another 9/11 reference) but would that really make a
member of the JLA question what they were doing?
collection really does go a little over the top - in that
way that American's do best. Pushing emotional buttons is
all well and good, but there should be a message underneath
all the sentimental gushing. Sadly there isn't.
this collection tries to tug at our heart strings, it fails
in so many ways. The main problem is that some of the dialogue
wouldn't have even made it into a amateur writer's work. When
Wonder Woman tells Superman she is frightened of dying, he
says: "If you did, I'd turn back time because I'd miss
you so much." Another vomit-some Superman line is also
spewed out when he is contemplating whether or not a man that
has died was a good man: "He would have to have been,
to inspire such love and devotion from such a wonderful family."
sad thing is that there was potential to do something wonderful
here. The JLA falling apart, because they all suddenly realise
how helpless they are in certain situations, could have worked
if there had been a stronger anchor. Sadly this all falls
apart in a terrible mess.
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