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How would you like to be remembered when you eventually pop your clogs? Would you like your passing to be marked by a grand and glorious gravestone? Or would you like a motley crew of superhero's to beat the living cr*p out of some bad guys? Yeah. Just like the ones seen in this adventure created by Geoff Johns and Brett Booth; Published by: DC Comics, in May, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 5 questions about this FIFTH PART of a STORY entitled 'Worlds Most Dangerous'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: The Justice League of America do battle with the Secret Society of Super Villains, whilst trying to figure out what the mastermind behind this group is actually up to.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Errrr... yes and no really. Don't fret though. Nobody dies. Ha!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yes. A number of things. Firstly, Simon and B'dg pop up at League HQ. Secondly, Star Spangled Kid disobeys Amanda Waller's direct orders. Thirdly, we see who's tougher, Shaggy Man or Hawkman. And fourthly, I got a right headache when Chronos turned up!
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Doctor Light shining bright like a burning flashlight quite right for nighty-night.
  • WHAT'S THE BACK-UP FEATURE ABOUT: Just before he swaps places with Catwoman, we take a trip down memory lane, and see why Martian Manhunter came to Earth, and how he avenged the death of his race.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
I did have good old fashioned chuckle when Selina said to J'onn...

'Hey, who would ever have thought this team-up would happen? The cat and the alien. Actually, that doesn't really work, does it?'.

Ha! Well, she is right, isn't she?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) Now if this comic book was a full-blown black-forest gateau, then Brett Booth would be the cherry on top of the cake. Honestly, his artwork is class, through and through. And I can hardly fault his style, although, at times, his pacing is a little bit too frantic for my own personal tastes.
(+) The J'onn J'onzz back-up feature is growing on me by the month. Yeah. No word of a lie. It's gone from 'Oh, God! What are DC doing now?' to 'I can't wait to see what's in store for us next month'. Take this issue for example. On one level it explained when J'onn and Selina played musical chairs. On another level it explained why he came to Earth in the first place. And on yet another level it's left me wondering to myself how different this J'onn is to the previous version.   
(+) I did get a kick out of seeing the team's dynamic's in full swing. Parts of it reminded me of the pre-Justice League Detroit version of the League, where the primary focus was more on 'getting it right' rather than 'getting it perfect'.
(+) So Chronos was meant to search for Booster Gold, huh? Hmmm. Very interesting fact that was. Very-very interesting fact. 
(+) At the moment I'm sitting on the fence where Chronos and Dr Light are concerned. I'm happy to see them in the New52, yet I'm not very keen on what I've seen of them so far. Well, let's face it; both of them are secret government operatives working for Amanda Waller? Ho! What a joke that is!
(+) Oh! While I'm on the subject of 'The Wall', did anyone buy that double bluff of hers? Nah. Me neither. Yet a small part of me is curious as to why she felt she had to do this in the first place.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) My main gripe with this issue is that I thought it wasn't very focused in execution. One minute it was about one member of the League. The next minute it was about another member of the League. After that, it was the mystery villain's turn. Etcetera. Etcetera. Etcetera. Back and forth. Back and forth. Giving the overall narrative a very flimflam and hazy structure, that wasn't very nice to follow in relation to the main thrust of the tale.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two ANIMALS.
CHRONOS: In ancient times Chronos was imagined as a serpentine god, who possessed the hand of a man, the hand a bull, and the hand a lion. But after a moments thought, I said to myself "F*ck that for a game of soldiers. I can't find a picture like that for this comparison! Why not a eel instead?". Hey! It does work, right?

A GLOW WORM AS DR LIGHT: Shhhh! Be very-very quiet. You don't want to disturb the image or else it may fade into the night. I thank you. 

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men' -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME' BY CHER: Now there are three very important reasons why I'm comparing this tune to this tale. Firstly, they both have a loose connection to time. Secondly, parts of the overall narrative reminded me of Cher's ass. And thirdly, they could both be irritating on occasion.

Picture the scene. You're name is Amanda Waller, and currently you're sitting in your office, thinking of double bluffs, to encourage Steve Trevor to stick with the Justice League of America. But what will you come up with, huh? Something like...

  • 'Catwoman told me she wants to shag your face off, Steve. So you might as well stick around'.
  • 'The lottery is next week, and I hear that Martian's are very good at predicting the future!'
  • 'Green Arrow said he likes it when you handle his shaft. It makes him go all a quiver'.
  • 'I once saw Hawkman lay an egg without even squatting. Honestly Steve, you've got to see this'.
  • 'Vibe does these wonderful massages. Yeah. You got to try at least one of them. He doesn't charge much!'
  • When Green Lantern joins the team, I'll make sure his squirrel won't pinch your nuts'
  • 'Courtney, huh? Nudge-nudge. Wink-wink. Say no more'.

OK. That's enough of that for this month, folks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Justice League of America' wasn't a bad read. The art was good. The pace was eclectic. And the only thing letting it down was that the conclusion was might too top-heavy in retrospect.

Nuff said.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5 Reviewed by David Andrews on July 15, 2013 Rating: 5
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