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Tuesday, October 07, 2003
  Review Roundup: JLA/AVENGERS #1

Now that I've read JLA/AVENGERS #1, I wanted to see what other reviewers were saying about the issue.  I'd already read Jess Lemon's review over at The PULSE (best response to Jess's review came from J. Kevin Carrier over on the Micah Wright forum: "Yeah. I'm the Bizarro Jess Lemon -- 'Me want superheroes to be MORE ridiculous.'  The writers take themselves and the characters WAY too seriously, and have sucked all the enjoyment out of the genre. Grant Morrison is about the only guy writing superheroes who even comes close to getting it.  'Oh boo hoo, they're shooting beams from their hands and fighting giant starfish, it's just too far-fetched.'  Amateur hour. Let's give Jess a couple of Bob Kanigher METAL MEN issues and watch her head explode!") but I knew that there had to be some dyed-in-the-wool comics fans who were reviewing this comic.  Here's a sampling of what I found:
And for those who (like me) were sure that they were missing things in the first issue, X-Fan has a very helpful thread on JLA/AVENGERS Annotations.  It doesn't mention if Starro ever appeared in SPOOKY ECHINODERM TALES or not, but it's still a good resource for fans old or new. 
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