JLA (Vol 1) Imaginary Stories Review

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JLA Imaginary Stories Review By Deffinition

JLA (Vol 1) Imaginary Stories Review By Deffinition

After the disappointing ‘Fire In The Sky‘ Storyline I’m really low on anticipation levels for the upcoming Justice League tales. I know Morrisson can do a lot better so it was sad to see his potential not lived up to in a middling arc. Of course as with all runs (bar Scott Snyder it seems) there are going to be hit and miss moments.

The previous book ended on an interesting climax that I am ready to see full filled in this book.

Can this chapter in the JLA run redeem it or will this be another issue that I will put in the plant pot? Refer to the last review to get that joke.

Let’s find out!

Green Machine

The book opens with Green Arrow arriving at the Justice League Watchtower to find it deserted. Unbeknownst to him, the league are under hypnosis, trapped in a simulation. Hallucinating imaginary lives. Superman is Green Lantern, Batman is an old, almost Alfred like guardian to the new dynamic duo and Aquaman lives on a drowned planet.
They are being watched over by the nefarious Keyman. A devilish villain who wishes to open doors within his own mind using the power of the League’s thoughts.
Whilst normally ‘dream’ scenarios lack a feeling of weight, Morrisson has done a brilliant job at adding stakes to the imaginary scenarios. Each world has it’s own crisis that if left unchecked with not only destroy the Leaguer but also grant the Keyman with more power. I wish they were slightly more developed, it would have been gripping to see what Batman truly imagines as his greatest fear, however what we have is enjoyable if not substantial.

A dream within a dream

On the surface Green Arrow tirelessly battles Keyman’s forces and there are some cool (and interesting) call backs to the others who donned the costume before him. Mainly the boxing glove Arrow. YES! It’s back!
As an introduction to Connor Queen I found this really enjoyable. He is cool and cunning whilst also vulnerable. The best heroes are the ones that are easiest to relate to and the new Green Arrow is no different. When he eventually gets added to the League’s roster it is a triumphant moment that I’m sure will have many brilliant stories because of it.

 The JLA VS Keyman in JLA Vol 1

The Climax

The heroes awaken in what is one of the best Batman moments thus far. The Caped Crusader soon realises that whilst he appears in his 60’s,  his blood pressure and heart rate are that of someone possessing a much younger body. It’s always been clear that Morisson regards Batman very highly and the intelligence he awards him with in almost every story subtly conveys that he wants the Dark Knight to be one of the stand out members of the team.
The book wraps up nicely with the league awakening to discover that Green Arrow has managed to take the Keyman down, foiling his plan to achieve a higher state of being. It’s a satisfying end that packs a punch and finishes off a well rounded story in an enjoyable way.

The Verdict

JLA imaginary stories really rescued the run for me. After a stellar opening chapter I felt that the stories had some what lost their way. However this beautifully recaptured the momentum that Morrisson had built in the opening arc.
Whilst short lived and slightly under developed, there is still a lot to like and this superhero story should definitely be seen as a must read for Justice League fans. The art tops the prior entries and overall I feel that the pacing really showed Morrisson had a great understanding for the way that comics at the time were enjoyed. This is worth every comic book fan’s time.
That’s why it gets a…


If you’ve been following my reviews then you know that i’m ranking the books as I read them in what all the fans of me lovingly call ‘Rank As I Read’ or ‘Rank As You Read’…I don’t know, I can’t remember, you do though as you’re a proper fan.

So here is the leaderboard so far.

  1. Batman The Cult
  2. Batman The Long Halloween
  3. Batman The Killing Joke
  4. Batman: Arkham Asylum A Serious House On Serious Earth
  5. Batman And The Monster Men
  6. Batman The Last Arkham
  7. Batman Dark Victory
  8. Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  9. Batman Vengeance Of Bane
  10. Batman Knightsend
  11. Trinity
  12. Batman Bride Of The Demon
  13. Batman: Year One
  14. Batman: Venom
  15. Batman Birth Of The Demon
  16. JLA New World Order Review (Vol 1)
  17. Batman A Death In The Family
  18. Batman: Night Cries
  19. Batman: Gothic
  20. Batman Knightfall
  21. Batman: Fears
  22. Batman: Prey
  23. Robin Year One
  24. Batman And The Mad Monk
  25. Batman: Son Of The Demon
  26. Batman Blind Justice
  27. Batman Ego
  28. Batman: Shaman
  29. Crisis On Infinite Earths
  30. Batman: Terror
  31. Batman A Lonely Place Of Dying
  32. Batman Sword Of Azrael
  33. Batman The Black Spider
  34. Batman: Faces
  35. Batgirl: Year One
  36. Batman Prodigal
  37. The Death Of Superman
  38. JLA Imaginary Stories
  39. Catwoman: When In Rome
  40. Batman: Madness
  41. Batman: Ghosts
  42. Batman Knightsquest
  43. JLA Woman Of Tomorrow
  44. Batman Doug Moench and Kelley Jones Volume 1
  45. Batman: Strange Apparitions
  46. Batman Second Chances
  47. JLA Fire In The Sky
  48. Batman The Ugly American


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