Justice League Elite Vol. 1

December 5, 2005 | Trades


Justice League Elite Vol. 1
Joe Kelly, Doug Mahnke, John Byrne, Tom Nguyen
DC Comics
$26.99 (Paperback)
*** ½ (out of five)

The world of super-heroes is most often black and white.
It’s about good versus evil and righteous battling the wicked.
Or at that’s how it was in the past. But do today’s heroes increasingly live in a grey world, where what’s right and wrong isn’t a clear?
Writer Joe Kelly tries to answer this question in the first volume of Justice League Elite, which sees the Elite, a group of anti-heroes — those willing to kill, maim and destroy in the name of justice — battle Superman and his ideals of truth, justice and the American way: especially without killing anyone.
After proving the good fight can be fought cleanly, the remaining members of the Elite sign on as a special “don’t-ask-don’t tell” shadow team of the Justice League, designed to take out those threats that the world’s greatest heroes are too high profile to get involved in.
The only rule they’re asked to follow: no killing.
Kelly, along with artists Doug Mahnke, John Byrne and Tom Nguyen, do a very solid job with Justice League Elite of exploring the morality of traditional heroes contrasted against the more modern, while letting the reader make up their mind on their own as to what works best.

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