JLA #109

Writer: Kurt Busiek Artist: Ron Garney Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 8, 2004 Critic Reviews: 6
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The Crime Syndicate of Amerika invade Earth and make themselves at home, robbing, pillaging and causing general unrest. Can the JLA put a stop to this or will the CSA cause the JLA to lose their world as well? "Syndicate Rules" part 3.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Olivia Woodward Dec 12, 2004

    Serious literature doesnt just entertain; it inspires the reader to think and ask questions. In a culture that prefers the pop pablum of Ashlee to the masterpieces of Amadeus, it doesnt surprise me that Busieks talent for profound storytelling goes relatively unappreciated compared to the over-hyped garbage that dominates the charts. But discerning readers still exist, and for them I give this issue a high recommendation. Bravo, Maestro Busiek! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Dec 12, 2004

    And then theres that whole universe realigning itself in subtle ways. Whats THAT gonna do? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ray Tate Dec 12, 2004

    Ron Garney has a ball with the near over-the-top antics of the Crime Syndicate. Their design alone brings a smile to ones lips. Superwoman throughout looks like a depraved villainess. Theres absolutely no attempt to hide her sadism. He gives her arched eyebrows and a nasty smirk. Her smile is full of contempt, and the scene where shes wallowing in her ill-gotten booty portrays her as even more outrageous than already she is. The inks by Dan Green are perfectly aligned with Garney's style, and the colors by Baron bring out the striking atmosphere of each scene: from a powerful greenish opening splash page to an illicit sensual warmth. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Dec 12, 2004

    Less interesting: The Qwardian stuff is rather formulaic, and as yet not clearly tied into the main plot. And while this is Garneys best issue yet on the title, hes not turning in his best work. Theres a lack of detail to the art that one senses doesnt quite live up to Busieks vision. Still, the new Power Ring design is good, and Lois is quite the memorable vamp. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Dec 12, 2004

    Ron Garneys work reminds me quite strongly of John Byrnes current work, and while part of this could be Dan Greens inks, the panel layouts, and the simple storytelling tricks that are used are quite similar. Of course, the truth of the matter is that Im not overly fond of John Byrnes current work, so Ron Garney isnt exactly in good company, as while the material tells the story in a clear enough manner, it lacks the sense of visual excitement that is needed to grab and hold my attention. I mean the characters have a rather limited range of expressions, and even the one big action shot of the issue struck me as less than impressive, as its more a pinup than an engaging display of action. I will concede that the page where we see the aftermath of the various hit and run attacks that the Crime Syndicate have made was a solid little sequence though, as was the look of delight on the faces of the villains as Johnny Quick reveals his plan. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shaun Manning Dec 12, 2004

    A brief list of ingredients: JLA. Crime Syndicate. Qward. Krona. Reality-warping. Busiek. Garney. So why isnt this more fun to read? Perhaps the spices were not added in proper proportions. Maybe the meat is over-cooked. While there are some savory bits in the current Justice League story, for the most part readers will find this arc alternately spongy and dry. Read Full Review

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