Books I Read: DC Universe Legacies
Wein tells the story from the point of view of a young boy in Metropolis' Suicide Slum, who later grows up to be a police officer. Similar to "Marvels"' Phil Sheldon, this gives Paul Lincoln the excuse to be present for major events without seeming contrived. We follow Paul and his family through the decades, with Scott Kolins drawing Lincoln's present-day framing sequence in his painted style.
The book covers from the introduction of the JSA to just before Ted Kord's murder at the beginning of "Infinite Crisis". This isn't a big retcon book; everything plays out pretty much the way it did before. One notable exception: instead of using the version of Superman's first appearence from Mark Waid's "Birthright" or Geoff Johns' "Secret Origins", the scene is straight from the first Christopher Reeve movie. ("Don't worry, miss. I've got you." "You've got me? Who's got you?")
The art is simply fantastic, drawn by huge names appropriate for each era: Andy & Joe Kubert, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez & Dave Gibbons, George Perez, Jerry Ordway, Dan Jurgens, Jesus Saiz, and even more in the backup stories: Walt Simonson, Frank Quitely, Bill Sienkiewicz, Gary Frank, etc. It's well worth the money for the art alone, although I did enjoy the way the stories were retold a lot.
Another old DCU artifact worth noting is the recent $7.99 reprint of JLA: Age of Wonder, one of the last Elseworlds published, because writer Adi Tantimedh just reminisced about the making of the book ("How I Wrote The Steampunk Justice League") in his Bleeding Cool column in two parts.