JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6

Review by: ghostmann

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Story by Geoff Johns & Jeff Lemire
Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, & Tom Nguyen
Colors by Gabe Eltaeb & Nathan Eyring
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Rod Reis, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, & Andrew Dalhouse

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

Was it just me or was this week’s comics a little on the mundane side? Nothing I’ve read today has struck me as POTW worthy – just okay (Thor was pretty kick-ass though, as expected).

I had high hopes for Justice League of America #6, the second chapter of The Trinity War which kicked off with last week’s superb Justice League #22. Geoff Johns is delivering the epicness we’ve come to expect from him and JL #22 was a nice start to this “finally here” event.

Of course if you are reading this review you no doubt know that superman killed Dr light. Well, maybe it wasn’t really Superman but a possessed by Pandora’s box Superman – never the less he is pretty beaten up by his actions, even if he doesn’t remember doing it, and demands that his fellow heroes lock him up so he doesn’t kill again. But how do you lock up Superman? They put him in some kinda futuristic chair with arm bindings and possibly a sensory depriving helmet, but yeah come on, if he wanted to he could blast right thru this thing. I gotta feeling it’s just for show.

Johns also gives us more tid bits regarding the mysterious Pandora in this issue, something that needed to happen and I’m glad we got the info courtesy of Wonder Woman. dudes remember back in JL #1 when all she wanted to do was fight and eat ice cream? Thank God those days are over. Finally we get the Wonder Woman that we’ve been reading over in her solo book. This is a welcome sight.

The question also shows up to narrate a few pages. It reminded me Morrison’s Final Crisis – a comic that exuded “doom” and finality like no other. Johns looks to be following along the same path, instilling a dread in this story to give it weight – but he is wearing his inspiration on his sleeve .

My only serious complaint with this issue is the art. Mahnke’s pencils must be extremely loose because when the inker changes from page to page the end result is an inconsistency that is just too noticeable and takes away from the story being told.

When Christian Alamy is inking things look great, but when he’s not things look shitty. Overall things look rushed – a disappointment after last week’s tour de force from Ivan Reis. and that is too bad because Mahnke is way better then this. Here’s hoping things improve next issue.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 3 - Good

Comments

  1. Invincipal Invincipal says:

    I noticed the inking too. It was so inconsistent throughout the issue. The two page spreads looked amazing but once the panels filled up with people the inking went bad. I think most of it was too heavy or thick.

    • ghostmann ghostmann says:

      I’m a big fan of Mahnke and there are some issues from his Green Lantern run that blow me away but there were also some issues that suffered from the same problem as this Justice League comic – subpar inking.

      And honestly I don’t know if all the credit for the good pages in this issue goes to Alamy, but after years of reading GL it just seems that when it’s just his name in the credits the art looks better.

  2. mrmarky mrmarky says:

    I think superman was sitting in the chair voluntarily. He wanted to be arrested. The helmet thing was just to stop his heat vision because he was having trouble controlling it.

    • ghostmann ghostmann says:

      Yeah like I said, I think if he really wanted Superman could’a busted out of his restraints – I mean, they didn’t name his new book “Superman: Unchained” for nothing.

      ;)

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