JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7

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[ JUSTICE LEAGUE OF BARGAINS
Everyone’s here! The Justice League. The Magic League. And the USA League. All of them! What? Didn't you get an invite? If you didn't, you missed out, pal. Yeah. I know that Animal Man isn't in this issue. I had an invite. I’m sure I did. It just got lost somehow. Geoff Johns & Jeff Lemire wouldn't leave me out of the event of the summer, right? RIGHT? Especially if the Artist: Doug Mahnke; and the Publisher: DC Comics, have anything to say about it, in July, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this FOURTH PART of 'Trinity War'. 
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Hmm. Let me think, here. The part of the story with the most pages involves 'Team Save Superman' going after 'psychic big headed bad guy #1523', Doctor Psycho, because they blame him for Supe’s recent killing of Dr. Light. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Uhh... I think so? We got heroes, villains, secret villains, anti-heroes, and deities. Plus I don't think any of them have any idea what’s really going on! 
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yeah. Quite a lot actually. Batman and friends fly through a mirror. Catwoman suggestively romances a house. Luthor, Pandora, and Wonder Woman, play the 'keep away with the most powerful item in the universe' game. And Waller gets... err... grumpier. 
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With everyone really-really upset, whilst Dr. Light went from dead to really-really dead. No joke.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
After Wonder Woman makes her desire for Pandora’s Box known, Lex Luthor cries out...

“If you want that box, Wonder Woman…..SO DO I!”.

Boy! What a sap! Anyone else have a huge flashback to 'Orange Lantern Luthor' who went from criminal genius to greedy one track minded evil doer?

Oh! By the way. An honorable mention goes out to Catwoman for talking dirty to the House of Mystery. What a lovely girl she is.

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) The overall story still seems a bit rough, sure, but it’s definitely coming together. Stakes are heightening and I'm actually quite interested to see what’s going to happen next, which is the most important thing, huh?
(+) Lex Luthor is a very welcome addition to this story-line, as his presence definitely adds a lot of evil ambiance. So far most of the other villains haven't been good at doing this. Hint-Hint!
(+) That feeling of being crammed and rushed from the previous issues actually helped this one out. With all the characters joining forces or leaving each other, it’s made this story less about the characters and more about the mystery at hand. And to me, this seems new for DC, plus very welcome too. Granted, Superman just killed a guy, but I was much more invested in what made him do it rather than Superman himself. Suddenly changing a plot based story to a character driven one in one fowl swoop.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) OK. So it's a small complaint to make. But it is getting problematic keeping track where everyone is. I totally forgot that Katana was in this saga to begin with. And it makes the scene changes a little more difficult to comprehend.
(-) Doctor Psycho... hmmm... he’s such a goofy looking character, and to have him try to be evil and demented wasn't working for me. He also seems really bad at whatever he does, so the idea of the League thinking he was really behind Supes’ mind control doesn't work either.
(-) Whilst I saw a lot of different things happening in this issue, at the same time it also felt like so little was accomplished at the end of the day. There aren't many issues left of this saga and it seems there is a lot of ground to cover. Heck, Justice League Dark has barely blown their nose and it’s almost over!

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to A REAL-LIFE HISTORICAL FIGURE.
CATWOMAN AS MARILYN MONROE: A tad cliche, but c’mon! The lady can seduce a house and sleep with Batman! Who else in real life could do that?

SUPERMAN AS FDR: Hey! If bad legs couldn't stop a president from WWII, some weird crippling illness isn't gonna stop the Man of Steel from smashing walls like they were paper.

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life' -- Winston Churchill

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
‘RULER OF EVERYTHING’ BY TALLY HALL. If you're going to read an odd tale that’s all over the place yet still works rather well in the long run, you better have music that works exactly the same way. And that’s what this song is, folks...




ANYTHING Else?
This saga is a mess, but it can be a fun mess as well. In the long run you've got to put your faith in Jeff Lemire and Geoff Johns and trust that they've got this covered.

There’s like five stories going on in a single issue, but it’s all going to work out. They're all going to come together. I think my biggest question where this story is concerned is will there be any long term effects afterwards? Has Atom’s reveal changed everything, or will it be brushed aside? What will become of Xanadu? What happens next? How will Animal Man save the Justice League!?

Hey! A guy can dream. Can’t he?

*** This post was written by the one and only Freakin' Animal Man.