DC has finally collected both Alan Davis mini-series into one beautiful deluxe edition. What an amazing book to sit and soak in.
Alan Davis wrote and drew a love letter to DC's Silver Age. It doesn't quite get the love that something like Darwyn Cooke's New Frontier does, but it should.
Quite simply, Ma & Pa Kent get a nail in their tire the night they were supposed to find baby Kal-El. They never leave the house and Kal-El gets adopted elsewhere. He never becomes Superman. So the story follows the DC Silver Age with that one alteration. And what it turns into is a scene that is very reminiscent of what's happening today in America. Except replace minorities with meta humans. Meta humans are no longer trusted and they're feared. There's a giant conspiracy against them, but the heroes do get their shit together and take care of matters. It's a very compelling story. It grabs your attention and doesn't let it go.
A follow up story was done called Another Nail. This one I struggled a bit with. It starts off going further into detail an event that happened in the first book, which leads to the new story. Or so I guess it does. The second book felt like it was a lot of plot points, but I was waiting to figure out what the actual plot was. If that makes sense.
Both series are some of the best work Alan Davis has ever done. He's amazing. I could look at this book for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.
Justice League Of America: The Nail - The Complete Deluxe Edition
Writer: Alan Davis
Artist: Alan Davis, Mark Farmer