JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #3

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A new Secret Society is forming. But will they be frigid or warming? J'onn J'onzz has his suspicions. Catwoman changes missions. Plus the rest of the League is ready for a storming. Yeah. I'm not messing about. Just like the Writer: Geoff Johns; the Artist: David Finch; and the Publisher: DC Comics, in April, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 5 questions about this THIRD PART of 'Worlds Most Dangerous'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Whilst the Star Spangled Kid has to prostitute herself on national television, the rest of the League has to fight off some of Professor Ivo's robots, before figuring out where Ivo and his secret society are currently residing.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not really. Yet sometime later, Steve Trevor does instigate a very cunning plan -- involving Catwoman -- which does get things rolling in the right direction.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: I got slightly aroused by the many pictures of Catwoman's cleavage, but not so by Green Arrow finding a way of sneaking onto this team.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Catwoman trussed up like a kipper. Smoked. Not fried.
  • WHAT'S THE BACK-UP FEATURE ABOUT: J'onn J'onzz and Selina Kyle swap life-stories telepathically.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
For me, the best sentence spoken in this story, was in that scene where Katana held up her blade to Catwoman's throat, only to provoke a pithy conversation that ended with Selina saying back to her...

'You married a sword? That explains a lot'.

Ha! Well, in many ways it does, doesn't it? Especially about a woman and her accessories. Hmmmmm.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Unlike last issues efforts, I have to admit, I did enjoy reading the back up feature this time round. Not only did it tell us a bit more about J'onn and Selina's characters, but it was also a very personable tale, cleverly told from the opposite characters perspective. That was good that. Very-very good. 
 (+) I've been a big fan of Ivo since back in the day, and I'm chuffed that he returned, more demented than ever before.
(+) Hawkman punching Green Arrow in the face? Ha! That made me laugh.
(+) Did you see Signalman and Blockbuster at the end of this issue? Now wasn't that a hoot! More cheesy villains please, DC.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) For the life of me, I groaned my pants off when I saw that scene where Green Arrow accidentally stumbled onto the League's 'Catwoman infiltration plan'. I mean. Come off it. How old does Geoff think we are? Ten? This 'plot device' was too 'kiddie' for yours truly. And it was hardly worth its weight in paper. 
(-) As much as I'm genuinely intrigued with Amanda Waller blackmailing Courtney about her kin, in the same breath, I could tell nigh on straight away, that this is just a stepping stone of a sub-plot which will be fleshed out more in the future. Too fleeting. And too conceptual.
(-) Is it just me, or did David Finch's artwork seem less detailed in this issue? Granted, by in large it was fairly grand and spectacular in execution. It's just that... err... how do I put this? It felt rushed in places. Sparse even.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two MUSICIANS.
ISSAC HAYES AS J'ONN J'ONZZ: Honest to General Zod. Whenever I read something said by the Marian Manhunter, in my mind it always comes out with the voice of the dearly departed, Mister Hayes. Bless him.

BRITNEY SPEARS AS COURTNEY WHITMORE: Please note. When I give this comparison. Of course I'm referring to the pre twenty-something trailer-trash version of Ms Spears. I thank you.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'The most peaceable way for you, if you do take a thief, is, to let him show himself what he is and steal out of your company' -- William Shakespeare

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
RUNNING THROUGH THE NIGHT BY LIONEL RICHIE: Tonally, both this story and this song have a number of things in common. They're both bubbly. They're both groovy. And they both involve someone 'running through the night'.




ANYTHING Else?
Without giving too much away, so far we've seen that Signalman and Blockbuster are two members of the current Secret Society. But who else do you suppose would be in their roster? Surely not...

  • Catman -- Thomas Blake -- with optional fur-ball deodoriser.
  • Giganta -- Dr. Doris Zeul -- without any panties on.
  • Geo-Force -- Brion Markov -- with the rest of the Outsiders soon to follow.
  • Monsieur Mallah -- Abu Hallam -- with extra added banana power.
  • Mister Twister -- Bromwell Stikk -- with... errr... a dust-pan and brush perhaps?
  • Sadam Hussain -- South Park version -- with matching noose and hand-luggage.
  • Darkseid -- ohhhh -- say no more! 

Well, did you know that old chrome-dome was the first villain to assemble the Secret Society back in the mid-seventies? What do you say to that, dear reader? A bit too silly? Or a bit too on the money? Personally speaking, whoever the rest of the villains might be, just as long as they could elevate this series a bit more than what it presently is, that'll be alright in my book.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was an Animal, It Would Be a Blind Deaf One That Likes the Sound of Its Own Voice.