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Justice League: Another Nail #3

Posted: Monday, August 2, 2004
By: Ray Tate

Writer/Artist: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer(i), John Kalisz(c)
Publisher: DC

Bravisimo! Not only do we get Alan Davis, Mark Farmer and John Kalisz illustrating, inking and coloring nearly every super-hero ever to walk in the multiverse. Mr. Davis as well creates a satisfying, sensible conclusion in Justice League: Another Nail.

Something cosmic this way comes, and both the writing and the artwork generate a threat worthy for the Justice League. The threat that Darkseid in the first issue referred to as the One, is not one of DC's known villainous creations. It does however tie into an age-old feud, which draws a personal subplot and the actions of the Phantom Stranger into the main thrust of the story.

There's a number of ways that you can interpret the meaning behind the story. It's possible that the resurfacing of the feud was an effect of the creature behind the time and dimensional fluxes, or it's very possible that the feud in fact called or created the creature. There are so many levels where this story can touch. It makes the reader think.

The presence of multiple earths and multiple timelines exemplify how sterile the DCU is when compared to the DCMU, and I wonder if DC did not promote this book as much as they did Identity Crisis due to the suspicion that a lot of fans would have preferred the DCMU over the less colorful and less optimistic DCU.

Davis' Killraven should be avoided at all costs, but his writing on Another Nail exhibits the skill of no mere newbie or for that matter your Greydon Clarks of the world. As soon as you hear the phrase Doomsday Weapon in any exercise, you can probably make a shrewd assumption that depth isn't necessarily on the mind of the writer, and that perhaps a deus ex machina will be on ample display, but Davis finds a way to make Darkseid's Doomsday Weapon resonant.

Apart from the main plot, there are plenty of smaller scenes that, while still part of the main story, will bring a grin to many a DC fan feeling alienated by the DCU. Loser villains are treated as loser villains. The women are tough and beautiful and won't tolerate anything less than respect. The pall of bad characterization due to poor continuity choices and overhyped hacks is shed like a snakeskin. The multiple earths remain intact, and their fusion is considered a bad thing. The conclusion of the story makes the reader feel good. The entire book makes the reader feel good.

In summary, gorgeous artwork, brilliant writing and super-heroes.

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