Oi! You! What do you think you're doing? Go on. Answer me you sniveling little toad. Tell me why in Hitler's name you're reading this rather rambunctious adventure created by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, plus the Publisher: DC Comics, in December, 2013? Huh? What's that you say? Because it makes you feel nice inside? Ha! Pathetic!

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Forever Lost'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: My family calls me murderer, whilst the Gotham underworld calls me boss. But as for you, our captive, Dick Grayson, you can call me partner if you so wish? Me. Owlman. The soon to be head-honcho of the Crime Syndicate. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. I'm not going to tell you anything, pal. Saying that, though, what I will tell you is that Superwoman secretly knows how this adventure ends. Hint-Hint!
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: We get to find out who killed Thomas, Martha, and... coff-coff... Wayne, in an alternate reality.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With a beginning of a not so beautiful friendship together. I think.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
For me, the most thought provoking sentence spoken in this entire story, was when... sniffle-sniffle... said to... at-chooo...

'Will you help me stop the Crime Syndicate?'

Not only because it was... honk-honk... spit... but also because it added some extra ... wagga-wagga... by default! Heck! Can I be any more clearer than that?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) You've done it again, Geoff and Doug. Once more you've both been able to tell a somewhat perverse 'Crime Syndicate' origin story I've just adored following. For you, Doug, you've taken the hues and the scope of yesteryear and then given them a modernistic yet vintage spin. And for you, John, you've relayed a time old tale we all know and love, whilst adding a more menacing and satirical slant to the proceedings. Good job.
(+) What the f*ck? Are my eyes deceiving me? Did ****** kill the Wayne's under their devilish ***'s orders? My God! What a bunch of b*stard's they are! Whatever next? An evil Kryptonian who loves Kryptonite? Ha!
(+) At the moment I'm having a pretty tough time of it, not giving away any spoilers, folks. But, to put it as best I can, I did get a kick out of reading that 'proposition scene' -- despite how silly the fight broke out -- plus I dug all of those 'shocking revelations' illustrating the dubious nature of everyone involved.
(+) Again, without giving too much away, I was very intrigued with the fact that Owlman isn't Bruce Wayne, even though it was someone very close to him I can't wait to see more of in the future. Fingers crossed. 

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Please scroll up the page, my friend's, and have a good hard look at the great Ivan Reis cover. What? You've done it already? Good! Now I can tell you that never in this issue does a soulless Ultraman savagely peruse a helpless Nightwing. Tut-tut-Tut, DC! What are you trying to do to us fans? Tell us a lie?  Ohhhh! Naughty. Naughty. Naughty.

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, or add and extra dimension to it by default?
'FAMILY PORTRAIT' BY PINK: What? Is this comparison too obvious? Hey! What can I say? In my eyes it's a perfect match for this escapade in both tone and in sentiment.

If this story gave off a scent, what ODOUR would it be and why?
SOUR MILK: Oh, no. Please don't tell me I've done it again, folks. Please don't tell me that my comparison is so obvious for you, you can't even smell the sweet yet putrid ambrosia of a tale that's gone off like a day's old carton of milk left to stand on the window sill! Ops. My bad!

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Sometimes the best families are the ones God builds using unexpected pieces of our hearts' -- Melanie Shankle

Hello, scum. My name is Owlman, and I would like to explain to you a little about myself.

Now I know that some people out there might think of me as being a bit of a brute, who wants to kill, maim, or overpower whoever comes under my purview. Furthermore, I bet you anything some of you also think that my take on life is very perverse and obtuse too, favoring death over life on any given Sunday.  

But I'm not like that you know. Nah! Far from it. Just ask Superwoman. She'd tell you I'm a man who is looking for love in the only way I know how.

OK. So maybe my way of looking at things isn't to everyone's tastes. Agreed. Having said that, though, what you have to take into consideration is that taste is a very subjective matter on my world. What may seem bad to you is good to me -- and visa versa -- thus giving you the overall impression that I'm a bad man who is misguided at best, or evil at worst.

Anyway. That's enough of my justification methinks. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Justice League' reminded me of me. Nice to look at. Personal in tone. And has a way about it not everyone can truly appreciate.

Nuff said.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 Reviewed by David Andrews on December 30, 2013 Rating: 5
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