JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4

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[ SHAGGY SALE
It's better if a group is diverse. It's like a sprinkling of multi-cultural rhyming-verse. One add one equals two. My best mate's a Jew. And never read what I say whilst in a hearse. Got that? Good. So has the Writer: Geoff Johns; the Artist: Brett Booth; and the Publisher: DC Comics, in April, 2013. Or maybe not.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 5 questions about this FORTH PART of a story entitled 'Worlds Most Dangerous'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Whilst Doctor Light tries to figure out the unknown origins of a silver trinket, Green Arrow swiped from Multiplex a couple of issues back, GA, and the rest of the Justice League of America, attempt to save Catwoman from the Secret Society.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not really. But a start is made.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: The Shaggy man gets League in his fur.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Doctor Light going, BANG! And with Catwoman going, SH*T!
  • WHAT'S THE BACK-UP FEATURE ABOUT: The Martian Manhunter recollects how he lived while his race and his home planet of Mars died many-many moons ago.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
During the back-up feature, I did like the part where J'onn said...

'On Earth, a human is lucky if they establish one strong close emotional relationship in his lifetime. A "soul mate". Now imagine that a thousand times over. There were no words in our culture for "alone" or "isolation" or "abandonment". But we had a thousand words for "share"'.

Wow! This is a lovely notion, isn't it? Yet I can't help but wonder if Mars was some type of hippy commune, Ha!!

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Viva la Brett Booth!!! You are a great artist my friend, and it was just smashing to see your art in this title. Don't work too hard though. I still like to see your stuff over on Nightwing.
(+) Viva la Shaggy Man too!!!! Wasn't it a hoot seeing this furry critter back in action again! I just hope DC hasn't changed his origins all that much. He is a very formidable villain in the right hands, and he deserves some acknowledgment and some shampoo for his presence.
(+) I did like reading this issues back-up feature. Inadvertently, it defined the 'mysterious humanity' behind this 'New52 Martian Manhunter', without trampling all over his muddled continuity in the process. Rock on!!!!
(+) Compared to some of the previous instalments of this series, I did like the way in which this tale was split into two parts. With one part involving the League and whatever they were doing. Whilst the other part involved Doctor Light and his analytical endeavour's. Oh! Wait a minute! Doctor Light! VIVVVAAAAAA DOCTOOOOR LIGHHHHHHT!!!!!!

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Yeah. Right. Like Catwoman has turned into Kurt Cobain because someone has shot her in her head! I'll believe that when DC start to reduce the prices on their comic books. However, I can't help but wonder how Batman would react to this news? Hmmm? Conclusion worthy topic of note to discuss methinks.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two MUSICIANS.
JOHN LENNON AS MARTIAN MANHUNTER: Well, after reading some of what he had to say in this issue, I have to admit, in my eyes J'onn and John did come across very similar indeed.

JESSIE J AS CATWOMAN: Now if truth be told, there were quite a few contenders to choose from for this very voluminous position. Rihanna. Lady Gaga. Etcetera. Etcetera. Etcetera. Until I finally come up with Ms J's name, mainly because she kind of looks like and moves like a cat.   

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Curiosity Killed the Cat, With a Little Help From a Reckless Motorist' -- Someone with a Car

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'DOWN TO EARTH' BY CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT: Hey! I haven't compared this tune to this tale because of the quote I just gave. OK. So maybe this had a little something to do with it. Still, listen to the words sung in this song, and you'll know another reason why as well. Ha!




ANYTHING Else?
Picture the scene. Midnight. Gotham City. And like normal, Batman is brooding in the Batcave, when suddenly -- BRING-BRING! -- he is abruptly informed by phone about what's happened to Catwoman. So what does he do next? Huh? Maybe...

  • Hang up the phone and continue brooding.
  • Walk up stairs to Wayne Manor and play ping-pong with Alfred.
  • Decide that he's gay, just to keep in line with the rest of the New 52's retroactive stance on their characters.
  • Jump up in the air and yelp "YES! The b*tch has finally pegged it".
  • Slump down into his chair and groan "Damn! I bet you I could have nailed her again".
  • Punch the computer in front of him, and start searching for porn the internet.
  • Punch the computer in front of him, and start gambling on a well known casino website.

Alright. Enough of my stuff and nonsense for this month, my friends. All I have left to say is that this was a pretty decent instalment of 'Justice League of America'. The story was evolving. The art was on point. The back-up feature made me want to listen to the Beatles. And generally speaking, this was a marginal improvement upon this title so far.

Please keep it up, Geoff and Company. I know that you've got it in you.

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was a Race Horse, It'll get shot in the Head before Reaching the Final Finishing Line. It Was Good, But No Cigar.