You know, every now and then, a comic book title comes along that just does everything right. One of those rare titles is Justice, a 12-issue limited series by Alex Ross and his two talented collaborators, Jim Krueger (writer) and Doug Braithwaite (layout artist).
Although the series is often referred to as a nod to the old Super Friends animated series (a childhood favorite of Ross's), I've found it to be much more of a "love letter" to the Justice League comic books of the 70's...which I (like Ross) also grew-up reading.
As great as the story is on its own merits, I think the unapologetic nostalgia (with the infusion of Ross's trademark grace and grandeur) is the element I've enjoyed the most about the series. For anyone who's even a casual fan of DC Comics characters, this is the perfect series to pick up. It's not tied to any of the ongoing continuity of the rest of the DC line, so there's no learning curve or knowledge gap to struggle with. Whether you track down the back issues or wait for the trade paperback collection, put it on your shopping list.
As I wrap up the gush-fest, let me leave you with a double-page spread from the latest issue, Justice #7 (on sale now!). I present to you: The classic Fortress of Solitude (click on image to enlarge):
Absolutely breathtaking stuff. For those who like to routinely mock the "lame" comics of twenty, thirty or forty years ago, images like will hopefully give them at least a glimpse of the wonder and mythic grandeur we experienced reading those long-ago adventures.
Thanks to Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Doug Braithwaite for capturing that lightning in a bottle.