Review by: Metamorphic

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Avg Rating: 4.2
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Written by Geoff Johns
Pencilled by Jim Lee & Gary Frank
Inked by Scott Williams & Gary Frank
Colored by Alex Sinclair
Cove by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, & Alex Sinclair

Size: 40 pages
Price: 3.99

You ever read a movie jacket that makes the concept sounds great… but when you actually watch it, it’s lacking something?

That’s what this issue of Justice League felt like to me.

It’s got everything going for it; superstar writer and artist, top tier line-up, no decades of contunity to bar the action from going in virtually any direction.

So why am I not more psyched about this book?

This issue starts the introduction of a new villain. In doing so, it touches on each chaarcter, giving us glimspes into their lives. The problem is, those glimpses don’t feel like they add anything new. Add to that things like a whiny Flash and a feels-too-early betrayal moment and well, it all feels pretty by the numbers instead of the crazy super adventures I was hoping for. Even Lee’s art feels a bit rushed in spots.

But the saving grace for me has been the odd Shazam back up. Despite a slow pace and a cast that Johns’s is really trying to make unlikable, Gary Frank’s art is always a treat, Billy finally shows at least a spark of the hero within. It’s a bit heavy-handed but I’m starting to get into it more. I want to see where it goes and that’s always a good thing.

So how do you rate two books in the one? I guess I’ll combine them and give the stories both a two (JL dragging things down to more of an “average”) and the art – more Frank than Lee – a 4. Sounds better than it is, but then, that pretty much sums up this issue.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 2 - Average


  1. Whoops! My ratings are all out of whack! We need editing on this site, darn it!

  2. Agree that the flashbacks don’t add anything new per se; but I think the point was to say: OK, each hero felt alone and isolated his entire life and even now, among his ilk, is still haunted by that isolation. I think its just an emphasis to an already dark story.

  3. Agree with this review whole-heartedly. Not sure why I’m still picking this book up.

    And I think I’ve been considering “3” average. Being the middle, that makes sense. Hmmm…

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