Saturday, July 18, 2015
author: Michael Uslan
average rating: 3.05
book published: 2015
read at: 2015/07/18
date added: 2015/07/18
'Justice, Inc' brings together three pulp heroes in one big crossover. I've read a few of these and some work better than others. This one didn't work all that well to me.
This time around The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Avenger are all teamed up. Doc Savage has created an invention that allows his future self to cross over into the past. There is also part of this invention that has bad guys interested. They are so interested that they decide to team up and fight against our three heroes. They do this before our heroes even realize they are a team. Along the way, we also get the origin story of The Avenger, a character I was less familiar with, but I remember seeing him on book covers. Does it sound like a mess? Because it kind of is. By the time it ended, I was tired of The Shadow being so grouchy. If he doesn't ever work well in teams, I don't know why it's interesting to keep trying to get him to team up. I was tired of jokes about Doc Savage's new haircut (which resembles the one I know from the books). I missed Doc's team, which is kind of brushed off, except we do see Monk and a couple others. I did like the in-joke of naming the bad guy Ernst Roberson, which is a combination of the names of the author pseudonyms for the writers of Doc and The Avenger.
It kind of was all over the place. Famous people show up, but then don't seem to have anything to do except act as show pieces. I get The Shadow as a loner, but he is so unlikeable that I don't know why anyone would agree to work with him. The plot gets elongated to the point where when we finally get back to it, I had lost interest. It's a shame too, because, like I said at the beginning of the review, I've seen some very successful crossovers with some of these characters or others of the era. This one left me wanting a lot more.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Dynamite Entertainment, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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