((Trying the blog feature over at Goodreads))
This graphic novel came to my attention through the recommendations of some of my friends along with a chorus of high praise. They’ll … probably be disappointed when they read this. I, of course, did set my expectations high when I got to reading, due to the hype they had set up, and what I ended up with ultimately fell short. There are several reasons for this:
1. This is no ‘Watchmen’ (A lot of people seem to compare this book to Watchmen).
2. It’s hard to take Wonder Woman seriously when she’s in a Norman Rockwell painting.
3. It’s just hard to take Wonder Woman seriously.
4. It’s also hard to take Farmer Superman seriously.
5. It’s hard to buy Batman’s role in any of this.
6. It’s hard to take Captain Marvel seriously. SHAZAM!
7. Nuclear weapons aren’t as shocking to read about anymore.
8. Too many ridiculous no-name golden-age DC characters were shoehorned into the story to very little effect and purpose.
You have to keep in mind that I’m a younger guy; more of a DC-Vertigo or Marvel type fan than a pure DC fan. I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of characters in this story. I also value character development and saw very little of it on display here. If I were to take a guess, this book enjoys praise due to its artwork more-so than its storyline.
I’ll give it this: Had I read this when it was new, I’d probably have liked it quite a bit more.