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A new collection featuring JLA #107-114 and a story from JLA SECRET FILES 2004! Seeking revenge against their positive matter universe counterparts —the fabled JLA —the Crime Syndicate of Amerika breaches the barrier between universes and brings chaos to Earth!...

Title : JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules
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ISBN : 9781401204778
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Number of Pages : 200 Pages
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JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules Reviews

  • Chad
    2019-03-01 16:36

    The Crime Syndicate is back. Reality has been altered (We never find out why.) and it's our universe's fault. So the CSA come to our Earth to find out why and, of course, decide to take out the JLA. Meanwhile the Qwardians are also invading our reality due to something the CSA did. Eventually, it all comes to a head.I found something missing from this story. It was a bit of a slog to get through. Maybe I just hate the CSA. It's a very one trick pony. Ron Garney's art here is really sloppy too. It reminded me some of Sal Buscema, which is not a good thing.

  • Stephen Theaker
    2019-03-09 11:37

    I really wanted to enjoy this - one of the longest modern JLA stories I've read - and I did, but it still left me a little disappointed. It's Grant Morrison's fault. His, and that of the other British invaders, like Warren Ellis, Mark Millar and Alan Moore. They can't write everything (though Mark Millar gives it a good try), but few others can match them. So a perfectly decent story like this feels a bit flat because it lacks the flash, bang and sparkle of a Morrison JLA story. It's unfair: I wouldn't watch Two and a Half Men and complain that it isn't quite as good as Annie Hall. I try to enjoy things for what they are, but reading comics, where the geniuses and the craftsmen all use the same characters, the small things accumulate. Flash isn't quite as cheeky. Green Lantern isn't quite as imaginative. Batman isn't quite as cool. Superman isn't quite as awesome. You're left looking for what's missing, rather than enjoying what's there.One other problem here is that the longer it goes on, the more it seems that very little is going to happen. Worst of all is a scene where the JLA are in life-or-death battle with aliens, and we're being told that they are being soundly defeated - but they're all invulnerable, and just being slapped about by energy beams. There's no real sense of peril or drama.

  • Alex Sarll
    2019-03-17 15:39

    In the antimatter universe, the Justice League's evil duplicates are alerted to a cosmic disturbance by their Green Lantern knock-off suddenly turning black. Seriously, that is the inciting incident for these eight issues.Everyone knows by now that superheroes tend to come back from the dead like the rest of us come back from the shops. What's less remarked upon is that even their universes are remarkably prone to getting unmade by forces of cosmic annihilation, and then reborn with slight tweaks. Kurt Busiek once wrote a very affecting Astro City short story on this theme - probably my favourite work of his. But if that was a miniature, this is the widescreen epic. In large part a sequel to Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Earth 2, which reintroduced the Crime Syndicate as the League's dark mirror, Syndicate Rules uses the multiversal reshaping to tweak the parameters within which they operate - and then, just to make sure it doesn't feel too much like a replay, chucks in a rampaging space juggernaut to complicate matters further (though this does require extended scenes of Qwardian politics, which will try the patience of all but the most hardcore). I'm not sure anyone could claim Syndicate Rules is a terribly good comic, even within the field of regular superhero books. But it is a comic from the DC Universe back when it was *proper* - which is to say, how I first knew it. The heroes are heroic, the tapestry is complex, and Superman's pants are on the outside just as nature intended. I miss those days.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-03-01 12:21

    Quizás esta secuela es menos original que su primera parte "JLA Tierra 2", pero le hace honor a las ideas perpetradas por Morrison allí, y se toma la molestia de agregar varias nuevas, como la idea del "banco de favores" (¿se llamaba así?) o de ahondar un poco más en la política de esa Tierra espejada, tanto en lo físico como en lo moral, del mundo superheróico de siempre, aunque el hecho de que haya varias subtramas en paralelo confunda un poco las cosas y le quite fluidez a la lectura. De hecho, suena a chiste malo, pero creo que la segunda vez que lo leí entendí menos que la primera, aunque seguro influyó que la segunda vez la leí en medio de un viaje de lo más irritante. Yendo al dibujo, no es demasiado interesante y comete varios errores tontos producto de un mal asesoramiento, pero cumple con su función y poco más, a diferencia del guión que va un poco más allá.Leído en la edición en dos tomos publicados el 16 de agosto de 2006 en Argentina por la Editorial SD, cuya edición creo que no voy a subir para no desdoblar la obra. La traducción es bastante buena salvo errores puntuales y nombres que salen distinto entre un tomo y el otro.

  • M
    2019-03-25 12:28

    The CSA is back! Kurt Busiek takes the JLA on a trip to confront their antimatter doppelgangers in this volume of the JLA title. After a universal reboot - which turns the previous Power Ring into an African-American to better match GL John Stewart - the Crime Syndicate realizes that the fault lies in the positive universe. Donning the costumes of their counterparts, the CSA attempts to discern the truth behind the cosmic shift while lying low. Meanwhile, the JLA has their hands full with an incoming Qwardian invasion fleet, seeking to annihilate both the CSA and JLA. The end result is a fun romp through both versions of the DC universe, as each team tests out existence on the other side of the fence. Any story involving the "evil" Justice League rates highly, as it gives the DC offices a chance to explore corrupted versions of their most popular heroes. The use of the Qwardians as a potential threat to both squads was a nice touch, as was the costume-swap moments that allow the CSA to actually try out the hero business. The story does run a little longer than necessary, but any excuse for more CSA is a good one. The Syndicate does indeed rule!

  • Peter
    2019-03-15 15:30

    Not great literature, but some interesting ideas and well-written; better written then the usual DC/Marvel trash. At least it didn't insult my intelligence too severely! Plus I have to admit that I get a big kick out of seeing evil versions of Superman, Batman, and the rest. When they're handled right (as here), they're a lot of fun. And I like alternate universe stories.I'll admit that the knowledge that DC wouldn't get too nasty with the "dark" characters added to the experience, for me. Unlike some people, I don't like books or comics where the author vies to see just how vile and shocking they can be. I run across that sort of thing more often than I would like.There's a little of that "normal Americans love their superheroes and fight to help them" shtick in this book. That seems to be a very popular theme for DC/Marvel. But at least it's used to comedic effect; it's still a bit annoying (as it was in Sam Raimi's Spiderman movie), but acceptable.

  • Greg Fisher
    2019-03-09 13:19

    Collects JLA #107-114 and a story from JLA Secret Files 2004.The JLA vs. The Crime Syndicate of Amerika: Rematch. The CSA breaches the weakened dimensional walls to seek out the JLA who they hold responsible for a re-arrangement of their reality (In truth it was the events of the JLA/Avengers team-up story, also penned by Busiek, which was responsible). Busiek does an excellent job of building upon Grant Morrison's JLA: Earth 2 epic. Earth 2 isn't required reading for this tale but I highly recommend it as concepts discovered in that story are examined and sometimes modified in this one. Busiek also answers the age old question: How does a reality completely opposite to ours hold together? What keeps the CSA together? And how does that other negative universe race, the Qwardians, fit in the CSA's universe? Busiek pulls out all the stops, including a solar system devouring "creature", the likes I haven't seen since Morrison's Mageddon.JLA vol. 17.

  • Dan
    2019-03-20 18:20

    Gotta love any JLA story where the CSA (Crime Syndicate of Amerika) shows up to do battle. Basically, the CSA is like the evil doppelganger version of the JLA (Owlman, Ultraman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick & Power Ring). Only unlike in Star Trek's mirror universe, these baddies don't sport goatees like "evil Spock" does. The CSA has completely conquered & subdues their own world and is itching for more action. The spend a few weeks battling & destroying the once great warrior planet Quord, but then a cosmic catastrophe throws our Earth, Earth 2, and the Quord world into disarray (don't you hate when that happens?) Soon, it's a 3 way battle alternating between the different worlds that takes an almost impossible team up to save the day ... for now.

  • Kathleen
    2019-03-15 15:25

    The Crime Syndicate of Amerika--evil counterparts of the Justice League from another universe--come to the JLA's reality to investigate something that has gone wrong in their universe. This leads, of course, to hilarious impersonations, ridiculous team-ups, and glorious battles. The art was both wonderful at expressing the duality of the teams, and poor in that one couldn't tell any real difference between Superwoman--Evil!Lois Lain--and Wonder Woman--Diana. Perhaps this was a stylistic choice, but the choice made is that The Girl On The Team is just as interchangeable as brothers and body doubles from alternate realities.

  • Steve
    2019-03-10 14:42

    The Crime Syndicate of Amerika is back! This time they find out their universe has been tampered with and seek answers in the JLA's world, while a super powered ship called the Void Hound is powered by the Qwardians! Its a three way battle for supremacy in this epic volume by Kurt Busiek. Seeing the JLA in CSA's World and vice versa was very interesting, to see the parallels in their world. It was a pretty good story as well, very big in scope and tone.

  • Shane
    2019-03-18 15:24

    Although I thought this one had some big problems with being comprehensible (especially whenever the Qwardian's got involved) it was still a lot of fun. The CSA is great, they're such bastards. It must be fun to write the big 3 without a conscience.

  • Angela
    2019-03-20 14:28

    A bit disappointing, I expected something more from the crime syndicate. The story seems drawn out, and a bit boring at times.

  • Declan
    2019-03-04 14:43

    It was ok. Nothing special.

  • Justin
    2019-03-06 11:41

    Apparently, Kurt Busiek fell to Jeph Loeb/Grant Morrison levels of awfulness quite some time ago...