Justice League of America, Volume 1: The Tornado's Path

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Brad Meltzer, the author of Identity Crisis and Green Arrow: Archer's Quest, returns with another robust story. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have decided to reform the Justice League, but their plans hit a brick wall when a major new villain appears during the election process. Superheroes; super problems.
Publishers Weekly

Proving that there are some wells that never run dry, DC presents another take on the institution known as the Justice League of America. Scripted with a high emphasis on character development by novelist Meltzer (Identity Crisis), the story has the feeling of a fresh start, even if its climax falls somewhat flat. It starts as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are bickering over who should join the JLA, with some hurt feelings to follow. The main arc is an affecting one, following the efforts of the Red Tornado-who's starting to get annoyed with having died so many times-to get back into his android body, or failing that, a mortal one so that he can be reunited with his beloved Kathy and adopted son. This ties in with scattered skirmishes between a JLA squad and a mob of evil Tornado clones. The series starts off stiffly, piling in a lot of exposition between cutting back to the JLA leaders' membership quarrels and crowding the story with a league of minor characters It's best seen as a competent new kickoff for the series rather than a stand-alone graphic novel. (June)

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Following the shattering events of Identity Crisisand Infinite Crisis, the Justice League disbanded-but as this suspenseful and emotionally powerful story begins, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman are voting on who will be asked to join a new league. Meanwhile, the Red Tornado, a robot with a soul, is offered the thing he wants most: a human body. But when his robot body subsequently disappears, the Tornado begins a harrowing trial that tests his resolve to remain flesh and blood as he finds himself central to a plot involving three classic Justice League villains and an immortal man who wants to die. Meltzer alienated some superhero fans with the controversial Identity Crisis, but this is a book to bring many of those readers back. Here, Meltzer treats all the heroes, including such lesser-known ones as Black Lightning and Vixen, with respect and insight; makes good use of supporting players, like the Metal Men; and even teaches the three icons holding the others in judgment a lesson in humility. With his powerful figures, Benes proves himself an excellent exponent of the idealized realism of superhero comics. With some gore, this is for teens and up and is strongly recommended.
—Steve Raiteri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401215804
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Series: Justice League of America Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 645,758
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Brad Meltzer
Brad Meltzer
BRAD MELTZER

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV Show, "Jack & Bobby" – and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

His first non-fiction book, Heroes for My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks – that he'd been working on since the day his son was born. This December, he'll be launching "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on the History Channel. And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, will be released on January 11, 2011.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which is about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter; then The Millionaires, which is about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are – literally – gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate is about a young Presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200-year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that times them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of two former Presidents, Clinton and Bush. His last book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder and, with his charitable site, OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.

His books have spent over ten months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a Kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's "Celebrity," co-wrote the swearing-in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

Biography

Brad Meltzer didn't hope all his life to become a novelist. He came to it by chance, after a job at Games magazine didn't pan out. "I had no idea what to do," he says. "So I did what all of us would do in that situation. I said, 'I'm gonna write a novel.'" After one false start, a book called Fraternity that 24 publishers rejected, Meltzer hit his stride. In 1997, The Tenth Justice (which earned him extra credit as a student at Columbia Law School) was picked up by Morrow and hit The New York Times bestseller list. A year later, he repeated the performance with Dead Even. He's been writing bestselling legal thrillers ever since.

Critics like Meltzer's fast pace and nifty plots (Kirkus called The Tenth Justice "a mean, paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy," and USA Today said it "reads fast, rings true, and refreshingly breaks the mold of legal thrillers"), but it's the details that distinguish his novels from most legal fiction. The key, he says, is "Research, research, research," a task that can consume two to six months of his year-long writing schedule.

In addition to his thrillers, Meltzer is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed comic book series like Identity Crisis, Green Arrow, and Justice League. He has also written short stories, television scripts and nonfiction articles, including reviews of The Sopranos, the multiple Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Good To Know

Meltzer played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity.

He lives in Florida with his wife, a high-school sweetheart to whom he devotes a lengthy essay on his web site.

With his friend Steve Cohen, Meltzer conceived Jack and Bobby, a critically acclaimed television program about two young brothers (not the Kennedys), one of whom grows up to be President of the United States. Cohen and Meltzer wrote all 22 episodes of the show, which was cancelled after one season. Widely considered a premier example of intelligent, high-quality TV, the series has since become a cult favorite.

Meltzer spoke with former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in order to accrue authentic details for his 2006 novel The Book of Fate, a thriller set in the world of White House politics.

A major plot element in The Book of Lies (2008) is the unsolved murder in 1932 of Mitchell Siegel, whose son Jerry created the iconic comic book hero Superman. Meltzer, himself a rabid comics fan, interviewed the Siegel family to research the murder.

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    1. Hometown:
      Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Amazing!

    Just finished reading this volume after reading volume one of the current run and I have to say that this blows the current run away! Huge fan of Johns and Lee but Metzler and Benes really bring it! RedTornado was never cooler and more human. As someone who has bern a comic book fan since the mid 70's this writing takes me back to the great stories of the x-men and avengers from that era! NowI do not buy comics monthly anymore or collect , butam anxiously waiting for volume 2 to come out. A friend told me that I should check out volume 1 of the new 52 league and found both of them. So I purchased both and glad to say happy the writing has grown and kept an old guy likeme coming back.

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

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    Meltzer & Benes turn in great JLA tale!!

    How in the world did Brad Meltzer and Ed Benes make Red Tornado and Vixen cool? Seriously!?! This new addition to the JLA landscape is remarkably beautiful and grotesque at the same time. The plot and script were very well done although at times it seemed like there were extra characters just for fanboys sake. Great stuff overall though!

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