JLA Classified #4

Writer: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis Artist: Kevin Maguire Publisher: DC Comics Critic Reviews: 6
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Olivia Woodward Feb 20, 2005

    So the hacks may disassemble and reassemble. They may countdown to one crisis after another. But these stories lack resonance; they are spiritless and impoverished, a series of empty explosions and meaningless massacres. A true writer tells a story that speaks to the reader, be it through laughs or tears. Giffen and DeMatteis have been crafting the comic book superhero equivalents of Waiting for Godot or Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Ignorant readers will dismiss it as clownish stuff, not real storytelling. Don't be ignorant! This issue is absurdist farce in full glory. I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Feb 20, 2005

    Batman downed the rest of his cocoa. This was almost as fun as watching Blackadder. Not that he would ever admit to having fun or watching Blackadder. The villain has a former hero as a partner. Batman frowned. Usually the phrase former heroes referred to dead ones, but who could His jaw dropped when this particular mystery was solved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Feb 20, 2005

    In short, the book is funny, the art is great, and Sue Dibnys not dead. Yay. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Mar 3, 2005

    Kevin Maguire further cements his position in my top five favourite artist list, as there is no one who comes close to his ability to sell the humour of a scene simply using the faces of the characters. At one point in this issue there's a twelve panel sequence that features Blue Beetle and Booster Gold discussing their new costumes that is comedy gold thanks almost entirely to the facial expressions that these two characters are making. The issue also gets a second kick at the can with the equally humorous display of Fire reacting to L-Ron's new-found obnoxious attitude over the phone. The art also manages to deftly capture the highly caffinated state of Mary Marvel, and the scene where Max and Sue register that their neighbour is named Dick Hertz is a perfect display of how the art can even make a lame joke funny. Plus, the reaction shots on the next to last page, do a perfect job of selling the classic final page image. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Feb 20, 2005

    That unwelcome return on the final (title) page is the punchline to one long joke-filled read, one that just isnt as funny given the DC Universe it now has no part of. Oh for the days when he was the worst of these heroes worries. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Feb 20, 2005

    This league needs its own series. Seriously. The world is ready for it, again. Giffen and JMD are getting other projects, like the Hero Squared special at Atomeka and Marvels Defenders miniseries, but they shine best with this set of characters. Who knows why. The jokes are stronger, the timing is more precise, and the interaction is more natural. Its unfortunate that miniseries often cant get multiple plots rolling, which in turn stunts character development. Yes, characters should develop, even when theyre funny, and this team did grow throughout their glorious run in the 1980s. With the success of Formerly Known As and now this follow-up in JLA: Classified, it looks as though DCs powers-that-be are considering a revival. Make it happen. Read Full Review

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