The Cranky Old Reader

I'm a Goodreads refugee, looking for a new home. Old books for children, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and humor are my main areas of interest. I've little interest in books that were written after 1975 or so, and prefer books that are older still. There are, however, a few still-living authors that I respect.

JLA: Syndicate Rules (Book 17)

JLA, Vol. 17: Syndicate Rules - Kurt Busiek, Ron Garney, Dan Green 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.

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