"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
Film, Comic Books
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s JLA Earth 2.
Earth 2 was extremely notable in that it was, at the time, the most mainstream comic that Quitely had worked on in the United States. He had already become fairly well-known from some of his cover work, but this was an entire original graphic novel featuring his art, and boy does it feature his art!
Grant Morrison re-visits the Silver Age concept of the Crime Syndicate of America, the evil beings who live on an Earth parallel to the Justice League’s, a world that contains a GOOD Lex Luthor and an EVIL Justice League!
Here’s the awe-inspiring opening to the book…
Such beautiful work.
Naturally, the Justice League visit Earth 2, and Batman meets up with Thomas Wayne, who is the Commissioner on this Earth’s Gotham City…
On Earth 2, Thomas Wayne is the Gotham City Police Commissioner – one of the few honest men in Gotham fighting against his evil son, Owlman. The Justice League has shown up and have tried to change things in Earth 2, and here, Thomas Wayne has decided to change things in Gotham.
Here, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, show Thomas and Bruce in action…
While the Justice League is helping Earth 2, though, the Crime Syndicate visit the Justice League’s Earth, where only Aquaman and Martian Manhunter stand behind to defend it…
Isn’t that a brilliant piece of work on Owlman’s realization that this world is a world where the Crime Syndicate can’t possibly win?
What a beautiful piece of work by Quitely – the comics world would soon see more of him on high profile works, and that’s been the case ever since.
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