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Book Title: Crisis on Multiple Earths, Vol. 3|
The author of the book: Mike Friedrich
Edition: DC Comics
Date of issue: August 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781401202316
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.9
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This is a decent collection reprinting some of the old JLA/JSA team-ups. Although Mike Friedrich is credited as the author here, he only wrote one story, the rest are by Len Wein.
The first story by Friedrich, the weakest of the collection, is about an alien boy who is separated from his pet. They have a symbiotic relationship with each other, and as the boy is on one Earth and his pet on another, they are about to die. The League and Society think they're both monsters, however, and battle with them. Solomon Grundy shows up and makes things worse. To top it all off, the Robin of Earth 2, now a member of the JSA, and the Robin of Earth 1, who is attending college near where the alien boy is, are both treated like children by the adult heroes, thus setting off an bit of a generation gap which gets a bit silly by the end of the story. As with most of Friedrich's stories, the dialog and narration are just wacky, flower-child stuff that is hard to read and just dreadful.
The next team up takes place in issues 100-102, and start a trend that continues for most of the rest of the JLA's existence: the introduction of a third set of heroes that set up the motivation for the adventure. Here, to celebrate the 100th meeting of the JLA, all the members, past and present, and honorary/reservists are featured or at least given a cameo, which is a nice touch. Zatanna and Elongated Man, not yet members, join fellow reservist Metamorpho as the combined forces of the JLA and JSA have to solve the mystery of what happened to the original Seven Soldiers of Victory from the Golden Age of comics. The story spans time and the various breakaway teams travel back to cave man days, the time of the Pharaohs, Robin Hood, and more. A pretty good tale over all and these three issues featured some fantastic Nick Cardy covers that have become classics in their own right.
Next up is the re-introduction of the Quality Comics super-heroes Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, the Human Bomb, Doll Man, Black Condor, and the Ray. Trapped on a parallel Earth where the Nazis won WW2, members of the JLA and JSA, trying out their new transmatter cube, get shifted there and get caught up in the fight against the Nazi overlords of Earth. Once again, the heroes break up into smaller teams to take out the mind control ray used to subvert Earth's population. It takes the bumbling Red Tornado to save the day, but he gets a chance to knock out Hitler and that was fun to see.
The final tale is a rarity: a one issue JLA/JSA team up, in which the Sandman must confess to what really happened to his sidekick Sandy so many years ago, and why he donned his traditional trench coat and fedora rather than his yellow and purple spandex suit when he came out of retirement. It's a sad story in a way, and won't be truly resolved until thirty years later or so when Geoff Johns wrote the JSA in their own book. Nice compact story.
As always, penciller Dick Dillin does the impossible, drawing all of these characters with relative ease. His style is a bit stiff for today, but I still say he was a great artist and I still love seeing his work after all of these years. Joe Giella wasn't the best inker for him, but Dick Giordano completes the art in the last two set of stories.
Probably not the cup of tea most modern readers would enjoy, but these are solid comics from the early Bronze Era at DC Comics. I enjoyed reading them again after many years.
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