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Justice League of America: The Lightning Saga

by Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns

Publisher: DC Comics

Format: Hardcover, full color, $24.99

ISBN: 978-1-4012-1652-8

Reviewed by: School Library Journal

In this rather melancholy book, the past, present, and future versions of the Justice League come together. There is a cerebral quality that is strong here, as the concepts of time, change, and personal interdependence are explored in remarkable ways. "How I love proving Clark wrong," Batman states early on. Each chapter is drawn and lettered in a different way–from classically bold to ultra postmodern with extreme digitization (that's hard to read). Overall, this title comes across as a history of these characters. The Flash, one of DC's oldest, is drawn as an old man. The younger heroes –GeoForce, Dream Girl, etc.– stand around in awe of the Big Two, Superman and Batman. The latter, with his sour disposition, makes for the better read, although the story is frequently taken a bit far. A fascinating collection of meditations on where the Justice League has been and where it potentially will end up, The Lightning Saga is an intelligent and fun title.
–John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY