The BookshelfSeries and volume: JLA Classified
Title: “New Maps of Hell”
Edition reviewed: DC trade paperback, 2006
Collects: JLA Classified #10-15 (single issues published by DC, September 2005 to February 2006)
Synopsis: An ancient code is cracked, unleashing an terrible weapon on Earth – but the Justice League stands ready!
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Jackson Guice
There have been many Justice League stories over the years, but good ones have been in short supply and great ones down right scarce. JLA Classified: “New Maps of Hell” – penned by the sometimes-brilliant, always-interesting Warren Ellis – is one of the better ones.
This is actually a fairly typical Ellis outing: bleeding-edge science concepts meet superhero tropes delivered with a widescreen style. Think The Authority, but with the actual Justice League. But don’t underestimate the power of that difference: Ellis taps into these iconic nature of the JLA characters to pack a lot of story into this thin volume. He clearly “gets” these characters. (His handling of the Clark-and-Lois relationship is particularly fun.)
Ellis’ story gets solid art support from Jackson Guice, whose style has aged nicely since his Bronze Age debut. The collective result is a JLA story that is appropriately epic – and certainly a keeper.
File under: Sci-fi superheroics à la Ellis