I just finished the (Justice League) JLA: Rock of Ages by DC Comics on the suggestion of a good friend of mine after watching Batman v. Superman. There was a lot of it that I just did not understand, but overall it was absolutely amazing. I am going to have to go back and reread it to try to get more understanding of what was going on. The timeline was a little hard for me to follow since this was my first real comic book reading and I do not really have any knowledge of the character history and such outside of movies and/or TV shows.
There were a lot of things that peaked my interest as I read this book. The biggest thing was probably the writing of Grant Morrison. I’m guessing that is the reason the book was a little hard for me to keep up with. I think Morrison is famous for his “nonlinear narratives” (according to wikipedia anyway). I wasn’t ready for the “out of the box” ideas that are inside this book, and it kind of took me by surprise. This is nothing like a superhero movie you would go watch at the theater. It’s pretty heavy. You are forced to think about other dimensions, time travel, other universes, worlds, and much much more. Things that we don’t normally think about on a regular basis. Even if it’s just imagination it’s REALLY fun to think about and read about. So much so that some pages take 2 or 3 times to read over before you really get what is going on and will most likely require a couple more reads to really grasp it. Most of us have a preconceived idea that comics are for kids or something that adults wouldn’t be into. This couldn’t be more wrong. There is a lot of stuff in this book that requires you to keep your brain sharp just to keep up. There are also a lot of ideas and things that are really cool to think about and keep your imagination satisfied. Now that I think about it, kids would probably understand it way more than adults because their not limited by all the filters we have on our thoughts and selves.
The characters are WAY cooler in the book than they are in the movies. Superman is WAY more powerful and awesome in the book. I think we saw a little bit more of that in Batman v. Superman but WOAH! Superman is way more powerful than anyone, like myself, who’s just seen him in movies knows. Also, the relationship between Lex Luthor and Superman is obviously not what we think of it as (ie: Villian vs. Superhero). There’s apparently much more to it, but I’m not going to give away anything here to spoil it for you. Batman is bad ass! He doesn’t do a whole lot really in this book, but the book does give you an insight into just how smart and awesome Batman/Bruce Wayne is. I think Afleck is actually the best one to portray the character now that I’ve read this book. Wonder Woman is something that you’ve never seen before if you’ve just watched the TV show or whatever. Every time I think of Wonder Woman I think of a cheesy 70’s TV episode where she’s blocking bullets with her bracelets. SO way off base. Wonder Woman is amazing. There are so many awesome characters in this book. New villians I had never heard of like Darkseid and Dasaad. Other characters like Hourman, Metron, and a whole bunch of others were just way cool to discover.
Anyway, I can’t wait until another Justice League movie comes out. I’m going to have a much better understanding of the characters and story next time. I’m also going to read this book again to try to understand a little more. You should definitely check it out if you haven’t ever read any of the comics and love the superhero movies. That’s a no brainer.