Life without Krypton

  • Jun 20, 2005
Like so many other Elseworlds books, this starts with the simple question, " What would the DC universe be like if Superman had never been found by the Kents?" That question is answered by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer in this masterwork, and the answer is frightening. Without a Superman to check Lex Luthor, he's attained godlike political power, and his political platform is to criminalize all earth's heroes. Mysteriously, cameras are around to capture and misinterpret acts by various league members to make them look like monsters. Who's really behind the plan to wipe out the league is a shock, and the book has a nice twist ending.

It's also stunning to see Alan Davis's artistic take on so many DC heroes. Everyone from Katana to Black Canary, from Catwoman to Killer Croc, it seems 50% of the DCU is crammed into this one graphic novel, but not in a way that feels forced or rushed.

There are some very dark and disturbing moments in this volume, so it is better suited for older readers rather than younger ones. And because it's an Elseworlds it can be read by newcomers and veteran collectors alike.

Highly recommended for comic book fans.

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May 09, 2011
Good review. I just finished this myself.
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JLA: The Nail is a three-issue comic book mini-series published in the United States by DC Comics. It is a self-contained story by Alan Davis which stands outside of the mainstream continuity of the DC Universe.

In this universe, the truck of Martha and Jonathan Kent has a tire puncture which is caused by a nail. This prevents them from discovering the spaceship containing the baby Kal-El, and so, there is no Superman.

The theme of the story is set by its first paragraph from the proverbial rhyme "For Want of a Nail".

The story was followed up by a sequel in JLA: Another Nail which ties into the original story and wrapped up several loose ends such as the aftermath of the war between New Genesis, Apokolips and the Green Lantern Corps as well as Oliver Queen's public betrayal of the Justice League.

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ISBN-10: 1563894807
ISBN-13: 978-1563894800
Author: Alan Davis
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: DC Comics
Date Published: 1998
ISBN: 1-56389-480-7
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