RandoMonday: JLA: Earth 2

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

 

JLA: Earth 2 (2000) by Grant Morrison (writer), Frank Quitely (artist & cover), Kenny Lopez (letterer), Laura DePuy & Wildstorm FX (colors), Tony Bedard (assoc editor), and Dan Raspler (group editor)

I really enjoyed this clash between the JLA and the Crime Syndicate of Amerika, mostly because of the futility that both groups encounter in their struggle against the very nature of each other’s worlds, i.e., the evilness and hopefulness of each world. Morrison plays with the idea that each universe fundamentally affects its inhabitants, similar to how gravity subtly and profoundly affects everything in our universe.

Morrison also breaths life into these “evil” doppelgangers, making them more than just two-dimensional bad guys that our heroes must defeat. In fact, both groups end up being defeated, at least strategically. Plus, the look on Batman’s face when he realizes that even he can’t inspire his father to change his baser nature was unnerving. For all of Batman’s bluster, at his core he is merely a man who survives on the hope for a better world.

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