Cover image for JSA : the liberty files
Title:
JSA : the liberty files
Author:
Jolley, Dan.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : DC Comics, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
258 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
A spy thriller that takes an assortment of familiar superheroes and reinvents them as covert agents during World War II and the Cold War. The Bat, The Clock and The Owl are the Unholy Three, a group of Allied spies that must capture the albino smuggler Jack the Grin before he sells Hitler's greatest weapon to the highest bidder. Later, the Unholy Three are joined by new agents as they attempt to stop KGB operatives from discovering a weapon that could end all life on Earth.
General Note:
"Elseworlds"--P. [4] of cover.

"Originally published in single magazine form in JSA : the liberty file #1-2, JSA : the unholy three #1-2"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781401202033
Format :
Book

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JSA: THE LIBERTY FILES is a clever spy thriller that takes an assortment of familiar super-heroes and reinvents them as covert agents during World War II and the Cold War. In the first tale, The Bat, The clock and the Owl are the Unholy Three, a group of Allied spies that must capture the albino smuggler Jack the Grin before he sells Hitler's greatest weapon to the highest bidder. In the second tale, the Unholy Three are joined by new agents as they attempt to stop KGB operatives from discovering a weapon that could end all life on Earth. This volume features intriguing variations on many legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Hourman, Doctor Mid-Nite, Hawkman, the Scarecrow, and the Joker.


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Booklist Review

The first generation of superheroes arrived just in time for World War II. To that era Jolley and Harris return, but not quite, for they conjure a world subtly different than even standard comic-book reality. Batman is called in to help two other costumed crime fighters apprehend Jack the Grin (i.e., the Joker), thought to be carrying plans for a German superweapon. The mission is accomplished, and the captured document indicates that the Nazis have a super-man. Fortunately, Uncle Sam also has a superman--namely, Superman, though he is top secret. He has a secret, too: the reason he was sent, or, rather, expelled, to Earth. The action stays hot and heavy, through WWII and into cold war H-bomb espionage. Batman and peers encounter several horrifying supervillains, capped by their most dangerous opponent ever. This Batman is a domineering, rather paranoid good guy in a dangerous world that Harris' active compositions and sharp lines, colored in dark shades lit by explosions, make more exciting than, to date, Batman movies have been. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist


Library Journal Review

This stand-out book is part of DC's "Elseworlds" line, which reinvents familiar characters (here, members of the Justice Society of America) in new settings. In the first story, the Bat (Batman), the Clock (Hourman), and the Owl (Dr. Mid-Nite) are American secret agents during World War II looking for a secret Nazi communiqu? purloined by the albino criminal Jack (the Joker). In the second story, "The Unholy Three," the Bat and the Clock are called back into service in 1948 to track down a pair of Russian superagents suspected of chasing the secret of a nuclear device called "the Trigger." Each story involves a splendid bit of misdirection that pulls the rug out from under the reader. Tony and Harris strike some interesting new changes on the Bat and work in alternate versions of several other heroes as well. Harris's art, inked by Ray Snyder, has an appropriate period look. This is a bit bloodier and edgier than most DC superhero books, but it's still recommended for teens and adults. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.