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So what’s the STORY morning glory?
Part six of 'Justice League', is an all out battle issue between everybody's favourite super seven, against Darkseid and his minions. Moreover, in the back-up feature, there is a very nifty multiversal tale about Pandora and the Phantom Stranger.
PARADISE: With Darkseid
and his parademons staking their claim on the planet Earth, in search for his
daughter, can the Justice League do anything about this?
Errr... they try.
Both Wonder Woman and Aquaman blind Darkseid in their own amiable way. Green Lantern distracts him whilst tending to the needy. Batman find's Superman and goads him into consciousness. Cyborg uses his physiognomy to activate the Boom tubes. And Superman punches Darkseid into one thus saving the day.
Great news, right? Well, the people of Earth now thinks so, and that is why they hold a celebration in this teams honor, after the ground has settled. Granted, not everyone on Earth is happy about this, as some of the villains are not to spry about the Justice Leagues praise.
To be continued...
PANDORA AND THE STRANGER: Somewhere within the pouring rain, two mysterious figures are talking about scenarios which are not yet apparent at the moment. You see, The Phantom Stranger is none too pleased that Pandora has altered time. Whereas Pandora can back up her actions with bold bravado, plus the possible assistance of the Justice League.
I thought it was funny when Green Lantern kept on repeating 'We're not a team', as if he was trying to prove this point to himself. Also, I did like Flash's 'The Super Seven' tag-line, plus that little girl's 'Super Friends' reference too. Funny, in an 'in-joke' type of a way.
What was the BEST thing about this issue?
For me, I loved the back-up feature a lot better than the main story all in all. Well, this segment is starting to answer some questions relating to the whole new 52 thing-a-mi-jig. And on top of that, it does feel like a precursor to an up and coming mega-cross-over event. Right?
Also, that personal tale with David Graves was a nice little addition, because it showed a more humanistic side to this tale. Just a touch though.
What was the WORST thing about this issue?
I was not that pleased with how Batman was used within this issue. He just came across as someone who just woke up Superman, told Cyborg to 'Do It', and then posed with the other heroes during their public celebration. Silly, huh? And Batman is never silly. He's a leader with some depth, but not silly.
What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: Three story elements were very intriguing within this tale. Firstly, that whole thing about Darkseids daughter was a turn up for the books. Secondly, Superman's visions of the future seem imposing whilst he was being tortured. And thirdly, that whole section between Pandora and the Phantom Stranger was a blast to read - it's as though this segment is steering this new universe into another direction - a better one perhaps.
ART: The colorists, Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina, and Hi-Fi, meshed very well with Jim Lee's artwork in this tale. Personally speaking, they complemented and contrasted the tonal quality of both the battle sequence and the celebration to such an extent, that they came across as two very different scenes. Almost as if two different Jim's worked on them.
PANDORA: Is it just me, or does this shrouded sultry vixen look a lot like pop-princess, Nelly Furtado? Well, they both do look good, and are mysterious in their comings and goings.
DAVID GRAVES: When I first saw this literary twerp at the beginning of this issue, I thought to myself "Is that Luke Wilson? When did he have kids and learn how to write?". Didn't You!
If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Welcome To A Brand New Era Of The Justice League. It Looks Good, But Needs Some More Filling To Make It Into A Happy Meal.
If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why?
OK, so basically this tale was a resolution and a teaser for whatever is coming up next, agreed? Then I suppose that it could be compared in relative terms to a food sampler, like you might find outside of a shop to draw in customers.
YESSSS! This first story arc is finally over! Thank God!
Oh! Did that sound a tad too harsh to you? Yeah - same here - because this series is what I would like to call very pretty to look at, but without no meat to the bones - like a supermodel. I hope that Jim and Geoff can step up the pace with their next offering, because I would genuinely like to see this book on the top of the racks in both style and content.
Come on chaps - I know that you can do better.
MARKS out of 10? 8