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When the world is coming to an end. Who is at hand to aide and defend? Well we know of one team - who are all super keen - and willing to help out and make friends. True story - as Written by Geoff Johns; Drawn by Jim Lee; and Published by DC Comics in February 2012. But I could be mistaken by this you know.

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
This battle scorned issue of Just-Us-League, is basically a plethora of questions and answers for whoever is willing to listen. Such as:

  • Who out of Superman and the Flash can outrun Darkseids Omega beams, when this despot fires this ocular deterrent at them both? Fortunately, the Flash can - by phasing himself through a para-demon. Unfortunately, Superman can't - and he is subsequently taken off by one of them.
  • How does Batman persuade Green Lantern to rally forth the rest of the team, after Darkseid kick's the ka-ka out of this galactic guardian? Well, he tells him that he is Bruce Wayne, he does a bit of psychotherapy on him, and then he pisses off to find Superman on his own.   
  • And does Green Lantern and the gang set forth to kick ass? Yes - though their battle cry is just silly.
  • So what of Batman? What does he find during his investigations? A City in Hell.

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSION spoken in this issue?
I loved the conversation between Bruce and Hal, especially...

HAL: I'm not trying to prove anything.
BRUCE:  Then who are you trying to live up to?
HAL: Don't act like you know me. You don't.
BRUCE: I bet no one really does.
HAL: Is that your power? Psychoanalysis?
BRUCE: We're just somewhat... alike.
HAL: You and I are nothing alike.

Ha! Blatant scene, revealing conversation.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
Apart from the inadvertent Superman and Flash race, Batman and Hal's scene just made this issue for me really. It was revealing, well placed, and had a nice tone to it that was very personal. Moreover, without this scene, this story would be nothing more than pretty pictures and a stepping stone type tale.

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
It was a very quick read, and I have to say that apart from Batman, Flash, and Green Lantern, the rest of the Justice Clan were just card-board cut-outs posing for battle.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Not wanting to sound like a one note wonder, but the only good thing in this tale was Bruce and Hal's conversation - he rest was just very nice to look at.

ART: Jim Lee does very well with his compositions in this tale. His talking head sequence was dramatically staged, and the desolate feel to his background-work really does aide the dilemma that the team are in.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
DARKSEID: I would just love for the original A-Team member, Mister T, to play this intergalactic despot. Come on! Wouldn't it just be great to hear Darkseid say 'I pity the fool who can out run my Omega beams'.

HAL: As this is a younger Green Lantern, I would have liked to have seen James Franco fill out this space-mans shoes. He is pretty, he has an edge to him, and you can visualize him speaking back to Batman.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Faster - Deeper - And Comes With A Psychoanalysts Armchair - DARKSEID HAS ARRIVED.  

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Mainly because of the last panel in this comic book - where Bruce looks out onto a fiery new world - I was immediately reminded of the end sequence of 'Army of Darkness'. Here, check this out to see what I mean... 

FINAL thoughts...
This series needs more substance people. At the moment, each issue is nothing more than pretty pictures and introductions to new characters. I just hope that when this arc ends and a new one begins, we are given more than what has been shown so far.

MARKS out of 10? 8

JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 Reviewed by David Andrews on February 07, 2012 Rating: 5
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