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Between 1998 and 2003, Paul Dini, the Emmy Award-winning producer of Batman Beyond and The New Batman/Superman Adventures, joined forces with superstar illustrator Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME) to create six original graphic novels starring The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes: SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH JLA: SECRET ORIGINS JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE Now, all six of these classic works are back in a new trade paperback in a unique storytelling format ...
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Between 1998 and 2003, Paul Dini, the Emmy Award-winning producer of Batman Beyond and The New Batman/Superman Adventures, joined forces with superstar illustrator Alex Ross (KINGDOM COME) to create six original graphic novels starring The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes: SUPERMAN: PEACE ON EARTH BATMAN: WAR ON CRIME SHAZAM!: POWER OF HOPE WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH JLA: SECRET ORIGINS JLA: LIBERTY AND JUSTICE Now, all six of these classic works are back in a new trade paperback in a unique storytelling format that combines aspects of both comics and picture books, printed for the fi rst time at DC’s standard trim size. This spectacular volume includes developmental art and more.
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Collected here are the six graphic novels that Ross and Dini collaborated on between 1998 and 2003. Ross, for his part, contributes another set of astounding, realistic paintings of DC heroes. Unfortunately, Dini's writing comes off as stilted and contrived throughout. The two creators initially focus on Superman, Batman, Shazam, and Wonder Woman; then present a tale of an alien virus that the Justice League battles as a whole. The premise of each story is fairly unique—Superman attempts to cure world hunger; Batman tries to revitalize a downtrodden neighborhood by usurping corporate bigwigs and corrupt politicians; Shazam confronts child abuse; and Wonder Woman struggles to preserve rain forests, provide comfort for wounded children, and rescue a group of hostages. The last team arc explores panic in times of crisis and how the media and public opinion can quickly create waves of confusion, fear, and distrust. Written as if narrated by the hero in each case, the tales afford a creative look at what it might be like to possess massive power and the ability to solve global and noteworthy problems, but the first-person perspective often backfires. All too frequently, the narrative voices sound clichéd and corny, detracting slightly from the fantastic art and cool plot ideas.Verdict Despite the narrative shortcomings, recommended for most graphic novel collections. A great addition for fans of Ross's art and DC heroes in general. Includes many extras, such as an afterword, a Project Genesis, and several rough sketches of preliminary art.—Jeff Hunter, Royal Oak, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401202552
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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The winner of multiple Emmy, Eisner and Writers Guild of America Awards, Paul Dini is renowned for his work on Batman: The Animated Series and Lost, the comic book series DETECTIVE COMICS and Jingle Belle, and the graphic novel THE WORLD'S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES. He was the head writer on DC Comics' 2007 weekly series COUNTDOWN. Paul Dini is a multiple Emmy and Eisner Award-winning writer and producer. In animation he has helped redefine the legends of the DC Universe in such series as The New Batman / Superman Adventures, Batman Beyond, Krypto and Justice League Unlimited.
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  • Posted September 13, 2011

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    Just beautiful!!

    Simply put, this is beautiful. Alex Ross, who's now a legend, shows why as he paints every single imaginable detail in such realistic incredibility. Its amazing. Somehow he creates an iconic look for each of these icons without making them look alike. Obviously the selling point of this collection is the artwork by Ross but Paul Dini does a good job with each story focusing on a certain aspect of the hero. While none of the plotlines are earth shattering or matter to the continuity of each hero they are still good. One small complaint was while mostly the book is done without text boxes the text can sometimes be hard to read or even see without them. I understand that the editors wanted as much of the art as possible to be seen but it's a hindrance at times. Overall this is a really good book that you could stare at for hours.

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