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In the far flung future in the year 3000, the Justice League still exists and they're more familiar than you could imagine. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern comprise the League, but how is it that a millenia from now, these heroes could still exists? JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 VOL. 1: YESTERDAY LIVES is a new series starring the heroes of today--tomorro In the far flung future in the year 3000, the Justice League still exists and they're more familiar than you could imagine. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern comprise the League, but how is it that a millenia from now, these heroes could still exists? JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 VOL. 1: YESTERDAY LIVES is a new series starring the heroes of today--tomorrow from the classic Justice League writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA). Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1-7.


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In the far flung future in the year 3000, the Justice League still exists and they're more familiar than you could imagine. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern comprise the League, but how is it that a millenia from now, these heroes could still exists? JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 VOL. 1: YESTERDAY LIVES is a new series starring the heroes of today--tomorro In the far flung future in the year 3000, the Justice League still exists and they're more familiar than you could imagine. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern comprise the League, but how is it that a millenia from now, these heroes could still exists? JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 VOL. 1: YESTERDAY LIVES is a new series starring the heroes of today--tomorrow from the classic Justice League writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA). Collects JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1-7.

30 review for Justice League 3000, Vol. 1: Yesterday Lives

  1. 5 out of 5

    Calista

    I thought this was not my cup of tea. The concept is we are in the future during 3100 or something 1,000 years in the future and they have found and used DNA from the Justice League Heroes of our time and brought the back to life, just like Jurassic Park. They are not perfect copies and they aren't the heroes we know. Wonder Woman is so blood thirsty. The villains are so god-like that they are undefeatable. I was bored in this story and I really didn't like any of the characters. It is somewhat I thought this was not my cup of tea. The concept is we are in the future during 3100 or something 1,000 years in the future and they have found and used DNA from the Justice League Heroes of our time and brought the back to life, just like Jurassic Park. They are not perfect copies and they aren't the heroes we know. Wonder Woman is so blood thirsty. The villains are so god-like that they are undefeatable. I was bored in this story and I really didn't like any of the characters. It is somewhat creative, but it didn't work for me. I will not go on with this series. May is rest in peace and be enjoyed by others.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    Let me explain it in terms for the Shallow Readers Gang...this Justice League makes Papa Johns' recent run seem positively Shakespearean in comparison. The art is so ugly I washed my eyes out with scouring pads and habanero peppers, and the pain from that was a welcome relief. The plot is so stupid it's insulting. I grant, the idea itself was good, but the difference between a good idea and execution is why there are so many failed and subpar writers and artists out there, but only a handful of Br Let me explain it in terms for the Shallow Readers Gang...this Justice League makes Papa Johns' recent run seem positively Shakespearean in comparison. The art is so ugly I washed my eyes out with scouring pads and habanero peppers, and the pain from that was a welcome relief. The plot is so stupid it's insulting. I grant, the idea itself was good, but the difference between a good idea and execution is why there are so many failed and subpar writers and artists out there, but only a handful of Brubakers and Snyders. I start to wonder if the goal of New52 has been to see how many incarnations of Superman they can create and make us hate...the answer? Far too many, while they can't be bothered to write a book on level with Snyder Batman... This was just such a waste, I kept reading so you didn't have to. Grenade fallen on dudes...now help me pick up the remnants of my shattered pelvis...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    I just don't understand. In the year 3000, isn't there already a superhero team? Like, a whole LEGION of SUPERHEROES???? And isn't there ample evidence throughout the entire new 52 that time travel exists in the year 3000? So why would they need to "clone" the superheroes of our millennium when they can just travel back in time and ask for help... Which has been done so many times already??? What a total waste. Terrible dialogue that drones on and on for pages. Keith Giffen has completely lost hi I just don't understand. In the year 3000, isn't there already a superhero team? Like, a whole LEGION of SUPERHEROES???? And isn't there ample evidence throughout the entire new 52 that time travel exists in the year 3000? So why would they need to "clone" the superheroes of our millennium when they can just travel back in time and ask for help... Which has been done so many times already??? What a total waste. Terrible dialogue that drones on and on for pages. Keith Giffen has completely lost his magic touch at this point.... It seems that every title he writes nowadays is just a slow death by boredom for his characters. Case in point: the Wonder Twins. Yeesh!!!! 1.5/5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Genetic engineering brings back the Justice League but they're nothing like the old JLA. This tales focuses on the current JLA learning to work together and dealing with 5 deities who have taken over a good chunk of the known galaxies. A nice attempt at trying to do something different. OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B. Genetic engineering brings back the Justice League but they're nothing like the old JLA. This tales focuses on the current JLA learning to work together and dealing with 5 deities who have taken over a good chunk of the known galaxies. A nice attempt at trying to do something different. OVERALL GRADE: B minus to B.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    Ugghhhh.. This was just an unpleasant slog. The Justice League in 3000 is miles away from where it was in modern times, and although the reasons for that play into the plot, it still is a really unpleasant experience to see these iconic characters behaving so off-base from their standards. And the Wonder Twins characters are obnoxious, not just in the winking reference to Super Friends, but their whole character arc. And the concept of the galaxy in this era is unpleasant too. The antagonists ar Ugghhhh.. This was just an unpleasant slog. The Justice League in 3000 is miles away from where it was in modern times, and although the reasons for that play into the plot, it still is a really unpleasant experience to see these iconic characters behaving so off-base from their standards. And the Wonder Twins characters are obnoxious, not just in the winking reference to Super Friends, but their whole character arc. And the concept of the galaxy in this era is unpleasant too. The antagonists are shallow and annoying and don't ever feel like they earned their threat level. Basically, this would make for a relatively uninspired space comic title if it didn't have the DC brand on it. But coloring it with DC icons is like rubbing salt in the wounds. Giffen's humor and storytelling rarely work for me, and here even less than usual. I kind of understand what he was going for here, but really, it's not a journey I want to make. Maybe later issues turn it around?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Not a good book. Not pretty art. They managed to make Superman and Wonder woman unlikeable. Such a waste.

  7. 5 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    So, I wasn't going to write a full review until I seen that a lot of people seem to hate this book for some reason. It's far from being a masterpiece but not bad either. What's it about? The Justice League have been resurrected from the dead and are now fighting an evil organization called The Five who rule the world. Pros: The story and idea are certainly interesting. The art is a mix of good and bad, it gets a point for the good stuff. There are some fantastic panels. Some great action throughout th So, I wasn't going to write a full review until I seen that a lot of people seem to hate this book for some reason. It's far from being a masterpiece but not bad either. What's it about? The Justice League have been resurrected from the dead and are now fighting an evil organization called The Five who rule the world. Pros: The story and idea are certainly interesting. The art is a mix of good and bad, it gets a point for the good stuff. There are some fantastic panels. Some great action throughout the entire book. The main villain this book focuses on is a pretty great villain. Her name is Locus and she's a super powerful, insane villain and if you ask me the combination of super powerful and insane make a pretty great villain. There's a bit of humor though not too much so it doesn't make it seem too silly. It's really unpredictable, always nice to see that, especially in a superhero book because they are often way too predictable. Cons: Art is mixed like I said before. There were some panels that are pretty awful I gotta admit. The dialogue in this book in general isn't too bad though some lines were pretty bad. This book's rendition of Superman is terrible. I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of Superman, I think he's cool but not quite what he's hyped up to be. This version of Superman is one of the worst, most arrogant, d**kish characters I have ever seen. This is the kind of character that makes me wish The Boys would show up. It's pretty bad. I didn't like the ending. Too much plot convenance. We can't keep a character dead which is typical for Marvel and DC so, yeah I shouldn't be surprised but it's still disappointing. Overall: Pretty solid book I'd say. I like a lot of things I like about this book, it's a great idea but a few things really need work. This is sort of like DC's version of The Ultimates though I actually like this more. I would give this book 4 stars but that might be a bit generous, mostly because of d****ebag Superman so I'm gonna go ahead and say it's one of the best 3 star books I've read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Like others that have reviewed this book, I was quite disappointed to discover that it's not really very funny. I guess that's my fault for thinking it would be going in because Giffen and Dematteis usually go for the funny, but this isn't their usual fare. Set in the 31st century, a resurrected Justice League must do battle with five omnipotent demigods to save the universe. Straightforward enough, but as you'd expect, things go south quickly. The dialogue is very thick on the ground here, with p Like others that have reviewed this book, I was quite disappointed to discover that it's not really very funny. I guess that's my fault for thinking it would be going in because Giffen and Dematteis usually go for the funny, but this isn't their usual fare. Set in the 31st century, a resurrected Justice League must do battle with five omnipotent demigods to save the universe. Straightforward enough, but as you'd expect, things go south quickly. The dialogue is very thick on the ground here, with pages and pages of speech balloons, so it can be a hard slog to get through an issue in the usual 10-15 minutes it takes to read most single issues these days. The artwork by Howard Porter is solid, with lots of little details although it does get a little looser around the middle before picking back up after a fill in issue. I'm going to stick around because volume 2 promises Etrigan, and the return of almost all of the original JLI, but this first volume alone hasn't sold me on the series quite yet.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    It doesn't happen often, but this was one of those books where I got through several issues and had been told it was good, but every page had me rolling my eyes and going "pffft" so much I just tossed it away rather than wasting more time with the last couple issues (or the next volume, which I'd already picked out. None of the plot shocks were shocking, the small handful of jokes (Superman declaring his own powers that he doesn't actually have, and talking about himself in the third person; Supe It doesn't happen often, but this was one of those books where I got through several issues and had been told it was good, but every page had me rolling my eyes and going "pffft" so much I just tossed it away rather than wasting more time with the last couple issues (or the next volume, which I'd already picked out. None of the plot shocks were shocking, the small handful of jokes (Superman declaring his own powers that he doesn't actually have, and talking about himself in the third person; Superman constantly sexually harassing Wonder Woman) were played out over and over, ad nauseum. I'm not even going to bother with a synopsis. I'm sure you'll have no trouble finding that elsewhere. This is just Keith Giffen, whom I've never really had much reason to like, attempting to write Justice League satire.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eric Mikols

    Man, this comic would have done great in both 1991 and 2001, but today it just leaves me cold. Neither as fun at the Beyond universe or as 'rad' as the 2099 future. Not a terrible idea, but I won't be following this title. Man, this comic would have done great in both 1991 and 2001, but today it just leaves me cold. Neither as fun at the Beyond universe or as 'rad' as the 2099 future. Not a terrible idea, but I won't be following this title.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Keith Davis

    Justice League 3000 may be set in the future, but it features some seriously old school story telling. Many contemporary comic book writers write for the trade collection. They tell stories in 3 to 6 issue arcs that are best read in one sitting rather than in monthly installments. The one concession to the periodical nature of the format is the use of "last page reveals" in which a shocking twist is revealed on the last page of the comic, inspiring the read to buy the next issue. Comic writers of Justice League 3000 may be set in the future, but it features some seriously old school story telling. Many contemporary comic book writers write for the trade collection. They tell stories in 3 to 6 issue arcs that are best read in one sitting rather than in monthly installments. The one concession to the periodical nature of the format is the use of "last page reveals" in which a shocking twist is revealed on the last page of the comic, inspiring the read to buy the next issue. Comic writers of an older generation followed a rule of "every issue is someone's first issue." Each issue would include some monologue or dialogue explaining the premise of the story and recapping the previous issue. In Justice League 3000 Giffen and DeMatteis stick rigidly to old school exposition. Each issue includes a scene in which characters explain the premise of the series, which is rather convoluted and requires a lot of explaining. Then another scene follows in which the JL characters explain how they are different from their past counterparts. This process eats up about 5 pages per issue. It may be useful for a reader who picks up issue 3 without having read the previous issues, but in collected format it is excruciatingly repetitive. The story is about a brother/sister team of scientists who resurrect the legendary Justice League a thousand years in the future to fight omni-powerful tyrants that rule the galaxy. How the resurrection is pulled off is actually quite clever and I wont spoil it. The story is not bad, but at times I felt like I was reading a comic from the 1970's rather than a story from the year 3000.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    I've of mixed emotions on this book. It's got potential, but it's not all the way there. On the downside, at least two of the protagonists (Superman and Wonder Woman) are quite unlikable, and the book overall is full of too much pointless fighting. And, if you were hoping for another bwah-hah League, this ain't it. There are moments of funny, but they're far and few between. On the upside, Giffen envisions an intriguing future. The ethical and existential questions concerning the main characters a I've of mixed emotions on this book. It's got potential, but it's not all the way there. On the downside, at least two of the protagonists (Superman and Wonder Woman) are quite unlikable, and the book overall is full of too much pointless fighting. And, if you were hoping for another bwah-hah League, this ain't it. There are moments of funny, but they're far and few between. On the upside, Giffen envisions an intriguing future. The ethical and existential questions concerning the main characters are especially interesting. In addition, the villains that he's created in the Five are original and esoteric. Overall, this book earns a solid 3.5, but I've jumped it to 4 stars because it seems to be trending up, not down. I'd prefer to have a Legion book back, but in the absence of other 31st century stories, this ain't bad.

  13. 4 out of 5

    James

    Some of the best times I've had in the New 52 were 1000 years into the future with Justice League 3000. A very damaged League (as in BRAIN DAMAGED) has to save the universe from five murderous demigods. This is a great book and I hope it sticks around. It's got an edge to it, it's inventive, and the heroes and villains are outstanding. Great artwork too, ya'll. Hats off to DC for coming up with this nutty ride. Some of the best times I've had in the New 52 were 1000 years into the future with Justice League 3000. A very damaged League (as in BRAIN DAMAGED) has to save the universe from five murderous demigods. This is a great book and I hope it sticks around. It's got an edge to it, it's inventive, and the heroes and villains are outstanding. Great artwork too, ya'll. Hats off to DC for coming up with this nutty ride.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ann D-Vine

    Justice League 3000 is a really strange, slightly offputting take on the Justice League. It stumbles quite frequently but, on the whole, I'd say it's a pretty enjoyable read! It's just that it takes a while before it actually picks up energy, and there's a lot to learn about this strange 31st century that we as readers are thrown into with pretty much no introduction. So, this Justice League 3000 has nothing to do with The Legion of Super-Heroes. Which isn't so bad, considering the Legion is slig Justice League 3000 is a really strange, slightly offputting take on the Justice League. It stumbles quite frequently but, on the whole, I'd say it's a pretty enjoyable read! It's just that it takes a while before it actually picks up energy, and there's a lot to learn about this strange 31st century that we as readers are thrown into with pretty much no introduction. So, this Justice League 3000 has nothing to do with The Legion of Super-Heroes. Which isn't so bad, considering the Legion is slightly more obscure as far as DC comics superhero teams go, but come on - you can't set a DC comic book in the 31st century and not feature The Legion of Super-Heroes! Rather, Justice League 3000 is a hypothetical future tale featuring the "revived" core members of the Justice League of America - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and Green Lantern. As far as hooks go, Justice League 3000's is fantastic. The heroes of the 21st century have been re-awoken - somehow - to protect the 31st. But something's gone wrong (or right), and the heroes aren't as we remember them. Superman has no moral compass, considering Clark Kent to be a lie. Batman is reckless and impatient, armed with the skills of Bruce Wayne but with none of the wisdom that came with his well-known origin. Wonder Woman is bloodthirsty and ravenous, a true Amazon in the most unfortunate sense of the word. Hal Jordan has minimal control of his Lantern powers. And The Flash? Well... The Flash can't run too fast or he'll probably explode. Bad news for... well, The Flash. Keith Giffen is a divisive writer, but I'm honestly a fan. His Lobo: Portrait of a Bastiche stories are some of my all-time favourite DC stories - if not because they're good, but because they're memorable. I also quite enjoyed his run on Doom Patrol; again, not for any qualitative prowess, but because the team he assembled, with a pelican-fearing Negative Man, and grumpy, cigar-chomping Robot Man and a size-changing Elasti-Woman some of the more creative uses of existing characters I've seen. Oh, and don't get me started on Danny the Street. ...so, yeah, Justice League 3000 suits Giffen's MO, and he was the perfect choice to write this series. Events unfold that are undoubtedly Giffen's work - a menagerie of desperate, mentally scarred heroes; a villainess who kidnaps a protagonist by shrinking them, eating them, and then later (thankfully, or unfortunately? off-panel) pooping them out; and... yeah, just all manner of legitimately crazy, inane, disturbing sequences - undoubtedly a stamp of Giffen's involvement. Which is what makes it so baffling that he is attributed as contributing the plot. The actual writer of the dialog - everything in a comic you actually read - is J.M. DeMatteis. Hey, maybe DeMatteis has been fine elsewhere. I haven't read much, if any, of his prior work. My lord, though, his dialog in Justice League 3000 is so overwhelmingly dry. And repetitive, which is the worst thing, I think. It almost feels like a broken record player, or like Tommy Wiseau's The Room - things are stated over and over and over. No conversation that could be had once is had any less than three times, but it gets worse when you get weird use of specific phrases re-used a silly amount of times, often quite near each other. In two separate contexts, from wildly different characters, the term "dead as a boot" is used. Dead as a boot? It's such an old-fashioned turn of phrase that it feels almost like it's stand-in dialog, like DeMatteis only did one pass of his script before turning it in. I always figured, as an aspiring writer myself, that you try not to, like... wear out any particular stretch of words. I dunno. Maybe "dead as a boot" is meant to be some kind of 31st century slang, like "drokk" in Judge Dredd. Whatever. It's a nitpick, but it makes reading Justice League 3000 kind of difficult. It's a sludge, something you have to kind of force yourself to wade through. That's really not a good sign. And while Giffen's plot has enough intrigue at its core that you do, if begrudgingly, want to see what happens next, the dialog is so close to being an honest-to-god dealbreaker. It isn't helped, by the way, by a speech bubble layout that is borderline amateurish. Seriously, not since the first few arcs of Army of Darkness have I seen layouts quite so confusing. I mean, it's not all bad, but when you're reading a comic, and you find yourself kind of confused as to where your eyes are meant to focus on, and in what order to read what's presented on the page, that's usually a sign that someone, somewhere, made a pretty foolish error. The art by itself, mind, is really quite spectacular. I can't put my finger on the style - it's sort of sketchy and painterly all at once - but it's legitimately impressive, with cinematic angles and stylish action and really goddamn cool character redesigns easily the star of the show. Hell, if any word could be used to describe Justice League 3000, "stylish" would be it. There's so many cool bits, visually, from the 31st century outfit redesigns (which make apt use of hexagons, everyone's favourite shorthand for "it's the future!") to alien worlds and technologies, and... well, just in general it's great to look at. ...well. Like how Giffen doesn't actually write this volume, there's a catch here. For six out of seven chapters, art duties are given to the masterful Howard Porter. He's great. Thumbs up to Porter. For the remaining issue, art issues are done by... well, I honestly have no idea, but Christ almighty their issue is ugly. Like, wow, I feel bad for saying it, but it's really bad! Rushed? ...maybe. I can't say how or why but god, expressions on people's faces that see them bug-eyed and limp, mouths that barely match the head they've drawn, bizarre perspectives and a consistently off-model Superman... it's only for an issue, but it's captivating in its unique awfulness. So, hey, I said Justice League 3000 was fun on the whole, and I'd say that's pretty much true. It has a really fun plot. It has a fantastic little future universe to explore with variations on the Justice League mainstays that are genuinely entertaining, and... dare I say... fresh? I mean, "heroes you know but a bit different" has been done a lot, but Justice League 3000 really takes the concept and makes it its own. It really is cool, no more evident than in the main villains - "The Five" - who are a strange sort of anti-Justice League, a mix of godlike assholes with wildly divergent abilities and aesthetics. I mean, there's a Scarlett Witch-esque all-powerful god-girl, there's an Ultron sort of cyber-villain who can manifest himself anywhere at once, a zombie horde-esque hivemind... and yeah, I mean, it's just so cool to see and, in the end, I think it makes up for the mistakes that make the volume otherwise unreadable. I say "on the whole" because, really, Justice League 3000 may not be "good" as we've come to accept or define it, but taken as its own thing, it's really an enjoyable little read. I could lean to two stars pretty easily, but with comics, I've always figured there's a "fun factor" you gotta think about. Conceptually, creatively, and visually Justice League 3000 is firing on all cylinders. It's the actual technicalities of sequential storytelling that trip up Justice League 3000 - pacing, ease of readability, and sense of character. It's a trepidatious recommendation, but a recommendation nontheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julia Morelli

    Once long ago, when I started reading comic books, I was taught not to follow characters but to follow good artists. Writers and illustrators that manage to create captivating stories. That's how I ended up with this volume in my hands - I was looking for a paper copy of Giffen & DeMatteis' Justice League International, Vol. 1 and the shop clerk came up with this. "It's the same authors" he said, and that was enough to get me excited. The story takes place in the 31st century, when the Commonweal Once long ago, when I started reading comic books, I was taught not to follow characters but to follow good artists. Writers and illustrators that manage to create captivating stories. That's how I ended up with this volume in my hands - I was looking for a paper copy of Giffen & DeMatteis' Justice League International, Vol. 1 and the shop clerk came up with this. "It's the same authors" he said, and that was enough to get me excited. The story takes place in the 31st century, when the Commonwealth gets taken down by The Five: a mysterious array of godlike creatures. But don't worry, humans, CADMUS is here to save you. The agency decides in order to fight gods you need your own legendary heroes, and they bring back the Justice League. Only it's CADMUS, and they never quite get things right... so our heroes are missing half their memories. This first volume is clearly introductory, bringing up the differences between the heroes we know and the 31st century version, and the mayhem that comes with it. It also sets up the stage for our villains to get to work. As usual with Giffen & DeMatteis, the story is both hillarious and very well paced, balancing humour with plot events. The storytelling itself is nice to appreciate - I always get the feeling I'm reading a storyboard for a movie more than a comic whenever I read something they created. Porter's artwork, from character design to landscapes and details is downright amazing. I didn't know his work before, but I sure will be checking it out now. Can't wait to read the next one... if only I didn't have a queue of books waiting before it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Jozic

    OK. I avoided this for a long time but finally caved when I wanted to see what Giffen and DeMatteis pulled off with this new take on the JLA. Set 1000 years in the future the two are free to do pretty much anything they want and they do just that. In spades. And it's brilliant. I can only liken it to combining the classic bwahaha Justice League with Giffen's v4 Legion of Superheroes. It's got all the superhero goodness you want from a story like this but it's oh so much more. It's dense, clever, OK. I avoided this for a long time but finally caved when I wanted to see what Giffen and DeMatteis pulled off with this new take on the JLA. Set 1000 years in the future the two are free to do pretty much anything they want and they do just that. In spades. And it's brilliant. I can only liken it to combining the classic bwahaha Justice League with Giffen's v4 Legion of Superheroes. It's got all the superhero goodness you want from a story like this but it's oh so much more. It's dense, clever, original, nostalgic, dark, unpredictable, and funny all at the same time. You never quite know what's going to happen next and the book is all the richer for it. Also, this is the best work of Howard Porter's career. He can retire after this one if he wants, his legacy is assured. The art is all the same adjectives I used to describe the story. Some of these pages could be stared at for some time just to get it all in. Very good stuff. The only thing I didn't like was that I thought the 7 issues collected in volume one was a bit heavy for one sitting. I was feeling a bit fatigued afterwards but, for all intents, there are worse things that could have transpired. I'll probably just take volume two a little slower. Read. Enjoy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Edward Giordano

    O.K. This is getting a five star review, not because I thought it was amazing, or that it one percent deserved it, but because I love he idea of this book. Taking these superheroes and removing them from their histories and giving them new personalities, with all new conflicts is genius. I loved the idea of it. The story is good, the villains are intriguing. The dialogue is only clunky 12% of the time. The end twist was not expected, but maybe it was inevitable. But most importantly I am very ex O.K. This is getting a five star review, not because I thought it was amazing, or that it one percent deserved it, but because I love he idea of this book. Taking these superheroes and removing them from their histories and giving them new personalities, with all new conflicts is genius. I loved the idea of it. The story is good, the villains are intriguing. The dialogue is only clunky 12% of the time. The end twist was not expected, but maybe it was inevitable. But most importantly I am very excited for volume 2 to come out!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Garrett

    Not impressive. I was expecting more, and maybe this is just a first chapter, but somehow, with where DC's been heading, I doubt that. This starts with the whole dystopian scene and sucks the souls out of your favorite characters, ensuring that you know life is cheap, reality is an illusion, and there's nowhere to go but down at the hands of ultra-powerful new characters you've never heard of. Not fun, not exciting, too expository, too cheap. Art's good, except for that one issue. Not impressive. I was expecting more, and maybe this is just a first chapter, but somehow, with where DC's been heading, I doubt that. This starts with the whole dystopian scene and sucks the souls out of your favorite characters, ensuring that you know life is cheap, reality is an illusion, and there's nowhere to go but down at the hands of ultra-powerful new characters you've never heard of. Not fun, not exciting, too expository, too cheap. Art's good, except for that one issue.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Todd Glaeser

    I was expecting more of the "Punx" Giffin, but I have to admit I was hoping this might be funnier (like every other review I read.) It was getting better as the book progressed, so maybe the concept is taking time to find it's groove. I was expecting more of the "Punx" Giffin, but I have to admit I was hoping this might be funnier (like every other review I read.) It was getting better as the book progressed, so maybe the concept is taking time to find it's groove.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    This was baaaaaaaad. Really just not good. The art was ugly and the story was just boring nonsense. Yikes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    CapesandCovers

    When I first started this I knew that the whole plot & premise was going to be really weird and confusing, and man was I right. This series had slipped under my radar when it was first released, the only reason I really started paying attention to it was because the Justice League International was showing up in future issues. I picked two of them up (when Booster & Beetle first show up), but they didn't make much sense out of context so I decided to start from the beginning. That was a mistake. When I first started this I knew that the whole plot & premise was going to be really weird and confusing, and man was I right. This series had slipped under my radar when it was first released, the only reason I really started paying attention to it was because the Justice League International was showing up in future issues. I picked two of them up (when Booster & Beetle first show up), but they didn't make much sense out of context so I decided to start from the beginning. That was a mistake. The premise of the story is completely bizarre, and is what I'm assuming is an alternate future timeline, though I don't remember seeing that specified anywhere. The severe absence of the Legion of Super-Heroes was pretty evident and it was just downright strange that they weren't around since that's literally always been their time period (exactly 1k years in the future from the present date). Takron Galtos was another WTF moment too. In this trade, the Justice League is cloned/resurrected with severe memory loss, and as a result, they all have new personalities. Some of those being very extreme. As the story stumbles along we become confused, watch characters die, become even more confused over the "science" used, have a character unnecessarily fridged & see Superman be an arrogant, womanizing pig. And yes, I know this was still during that period when Superman & Wonder Woman were dating, but the commentary was completely unnecessary. Not to mention that I don't think anyone even shipped them to begin with. Science is in quotations because I'm no science expert, but I'm 99% positive that it doesn't work like that. Don't even get me started on the New 52 Harley knockoff either, she just added to the insanity and made the story even more unbelievable (and yet at the same time she was also what held it together, it was quite strange). Overall there were very few things I did like out of this: the GL & Flash costume variants, Green Lantern (the only one really in character), (view spoiler)[ Hal's bemoaning of Barry's deaths (spot on) (hide spoiler)] , and the fact that Batman wasn't an asshole. I actually enjoyed this weird, younger and less brooding version of him. I'm probably not even going to bother picking the next trade up, despite it leaving off at a cliff hanger, this one was that cringe-worthy. My somewhat spoilery status updates while reading: (view spoiler)["This is so bad, it hurts if I think about it too long. Mostly reading for the info about how the "JLI" ties in with it. Also where the fuck is LSH? Why isn't Takron-Galtos a prison anymore? Is this an alternate timeline/dimension and it just hasn't been specified? What is even happening?" "Comm. Not "com," this isn't the internet. Also, my precious Takron Galtos has been been butchered beyond repair and my soul hurts. And what's with Terry/i(s) always being from the future? At least Batman is fun(ish)?" "Hal isn't jewelry you New 52 Harley knockoff. Also Terry looks way to much like Brekk and it's bothering me" (hide spoiler)]

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas

    I don't know what I was hoping for when I started Justice League 3000, but upon finishing the first volume, whatever it was, this isn't it. The Justice League has been revived in the 31st century by the Wonder Twins at Cadmus to deal with The Five, a group of supremely powerful beings who have conquered half the known universe. Terry and Terri's creations, however, aren't what they once were. Imperfections in the cloning process have created beings that roughly resemble the original League, but I don't know what I was hoping for when I started Justice League 3000, but upon finishing the first volume, whatever it was, this isn't it. The Justice League has been revived in the 31st century by the Wonder Twins at Cadmus to deal with The Five, a group of supremely powerful beings who have conquered half the known universe. Terry and Terri's creations, however, aren't what they once were. Imperfections in the cloning process have created beings that roughly resemble the original League, but differ in the exact scope and nature of their powers and, most interestingly, in their personalities. This had some potential. The new personalities of the League give room for a completely new dynamic. The problem is, it's inconsistently delivered across the League. Batman is pretty much intact, for example, but is even more moralistic and empathetic as a leader. Superman, meanwhile, has virtually none of his personality intact. In the place of the big blue boy scout, is a narcissistic oaf who doesn't use his mind at all and could care less about the lives of those around him. He's not Superman at all and his haircut looks ridiculous. The other members of the Justice League vary in between. It's just really difficult to divorce the characters we love from their personalities and ask us to embrace entirely new ones. It's jarring and it's disappointing if you're a huge fan of one of the members (like I am with Supes). I don't want to see alternate versions of Superman and I've never really been a fan of the multiverse story stuff in general, so this re-imagination is not my cup of tea. The artwork is phenomenal though.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    The rating might be a bit high for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. In some ways it reminded me of Giffen's long run on the Legion of Super Heroes (with various collaborators) that I consider to be many of the best stories in the LSH history. Giffen arguably returns to familiar territory in this title, the 31st century, but instead of the LSH it is a big five of the 21st century Justice League. We're told at the beginning that these five are imperfect clones The rating might be a bit high for this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story. In some ways it reminded me of Giffen's long run on the Legion of Super Heroes (with various collaborators) that I consider to be many of the best stories in the LSH history. Giffen arguably returns to familiar territory in this title, the 31st century, but instead of the LSH it is a big five of the 21st century Justice League. We're told at the beginning that these five are imperfect clones of the originals, and their personalities show it (the truth behind their creation is one of the nice small plot surprises that Giffen gives readers). While Flash and Green Lantern pretty much are their 21st century selves, Batman is nearly normal (not an obsessed borderline psychopath), Wonder Woman is in full on, and almost never off, Amazon warrior mode, and Superman speaks of himself in the third person and might be the most arrogant person in the galaxy. No spoilers, as Giffen tosses in story developments that I frankly did not expect and made me enjoy this TPB more than I expected. J. M. DeMatteis does a good job on the dialogue (Giffen is story/plot) and Howard Porter's art is very effective for conveying a future that feels like a mix of various styles (IMO influences that ranged from cyberpunk, to 50s-60s science fiction influences and maybe a little bit of Moebius).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Didn't end up finishing this book. The back-cover blurb and concept of the story drew me in, but the execution was quite horrific. The art wasn't all that great, either. Basically, the author of this line of comics decided to strip all the compelling, fun parts of the Justice League and make them bratty, annoying children with absolutely two-dimensional and stupid personalities. Very unimpressed. Didn't end up finishing this book. The back-cover blurb and concept of the story drew me in, but the execution was quite horrific. The art wasn't all that great, either. Basically, the author of this line of comics decided to strip all the compelling, fun parts of the Justice League and make them bratty, annoying children with absolutely two-dimensional and stupid personalities. Very unimpressed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    It's the future, and incomplete replicas of the Justice league have been created. They are not like the originals, lots of their memories have gone. An interesting take on the Justice league, that brings different dynamics between the team members. The story is engaging. A good read. It's the future, and incomplete replicas of the Justice league have been created. They are not like the originals, lots of their memories have gone. An interesting take on the Justice league, that brings different dynamics between the team members. The story is engaging. A good read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christopher (Donut)

    Glancing at the reviews, I see that this was met with dislike and bafflement instead of deep, deep gratitude to Giffen and co. for keeping comics awesome! Y'all crazy. Volume two is queued and ready, although Hoopla doesn't have it. Glancing at the reviews, I see that this was met with dislike and bafflement instead of deep, deep gratitude to Giffen and co. for keeping comics awesome! Y'all crazy. Volume two is queued and ready, although Hoopla doesn't have it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Imperfect replicas of Superheroes is a fun concept, but the execution leaves much to be desired.

  28. 5 out of 5

    charlotte,

    that cliffhanger is so fucking irritating i wasnt gonna bother with the rest of this series but now i have to

  29. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Weird. Supremely confusing.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Poor Barry. He's becoming the Kenny of this book... Poor Barry. He's becoming the Kenny of this book...

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