Monday, April 17, 2006

Booknote: JLA: Divided We Fall

Title: JLA: Divided We Fall
Author: Mark Waid
Publication Information: New York: DC Comics, 2001
ISBN: 1563897938
Genre: Graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: science fiction, adventure

When Batman betrays the trust of his colleagues in the Justice League, the League is threatened with disension. Batman is expelled from the league, yet he is not totally out. While the league is dealing with the consequences of this situation, the world is threatened by the Queen of Fables, who has escaped from a magical fairy tale book. This unleashes the fantasy world onto the real world, leaving the league to battle various mythical characters while the Queen seeks to vanquish Wonder Woman, whom she sees as Snow White (remember the Snow White story, the detail about the evil stepmother?). This storyline makes for an interesting take on fairy tales. The story continues as the heroes find themselves divided not only by mistrust but quite literally when their hero personas are split from their alter-egos (their secret personalities). Overall, this is a well developed storyline, very engaging to read. Good art as well. The book is a compilation of the JLA series 47-54 for those readers who keep track.

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