Gentlemen, please, you can't fight in here! This is a War Room, God damn it! Where as that is a comic book. One created by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, and Published by DC Comics in July, 2014. So go on. Shoo! Get the hell out of here. As what type of an establishment do you think I'm running?

To QUOTE J.R. Ward: 'I am not a manipulator. I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer'.

After reading this installment of the Justice League I've learnt the following four facts. (1) Superwoman can't sing for sh*t, especially when it's done towards her unborn baby. (2) Niles Caulder is one hell of a manipulative b*stard, especially when he introduces Element Woman to his band of freaks in the 'Doom Patrol'. (3) Power Ring's 'power ring' has a mind of its own, especially when you take into consideration that it's being controlled by otherworldly forces. And (4) The Justice League are always at hand to save the day, especially... err... I best stop with this 'especially cr*p' for the moment, eh? Or else I may interrupt Lex having a strained face off with Niles.

To be continued.

Essentially this issue of the 'Justice League' focused on setting up Niles Caulder's new version of the 'Doom Patrol', as well as plodding along the 'power ring' plot a few steps further down the line. Now don't get me wrong. Personally speaking I don't mind this type of thing at all. Highlighting another team in this book can help break up the momentum of a much larger narrative. Also, let's not forget that Ivan's amazing artwork is so faultless it'll make Katy Perry feel ugly.

What's more, there was a final 'big bad villain' reveal that... that... that... errr? Well, I'm not quite sure about that... coff-coff... particular subject at the moment.

One part of my brain is telling me that it actually make some sort of sense. Whereas another part of me wants to hear more before I can finally pass judgement.

Know what I mean?

Oh! And as for those other fleeting scenes involving Leonard Snart and Superwoman -- yeah -- same thing. Let's wait and see what's what before I can eventually groan or applaud accordingly.

All in all there were only two aspects about this adventure I personally wasn't too keen on. Firstly, I couldn't help but groan when I noticed Niles going back to his more manipulative ways, because I've seen this particular nuance of his personality many time's in the past. And secondly, once again I wasn't a big fan of how this series keeps on juggling a number of story-points around, only to make it structurally bubbly to follow.

Please get down and boogie when I musically pair up this tale with the Anna Ward classic, 'Ring My Bell', because in no uncertain terms they're both very bubbly and retro in tone, plus both have something to do with a ring.  Grovey!

On a conceptual level this tale was about an evil entity setting in motion a plan to get his hands on an unborn child. So, if I put it like that, I have to compare this comic book to the classic sci-fi thriller, 'Terminator 1'.

Now without giving too much away this issue explained who was the master manipulator behind Power Ring's 'power ring'. So, just for fun, how about you try to guess who it is out of the following eight suspects?

  1. The Anti-Monitor -- Ohhhhhh! Yes please!!!!
  2. Barry Manilow -- Because he wants to make a come back so big it'll blow everyone away. Literally.
  3. Niles Caulder -- Now that would be a startling twist, even though completely implausible.
  4. Dolf Lungrun -- Well, have you seen him in the cinemas lately? Cause I haven't!!
  5. Mister Mind -- Nooooo! No more mind controlling worms from outer space!! Please!!!!
  6. Adolph Hitler -- He is evil and dead. So it does make some sort of sense.
  7. Volthoom -- You know. That time-displaced villain last seen in the 'Wrath of The First Lantern' saga.
  8. Britney Spears -- See Barry Manilow answer for more details, but please don't over emphasis the 'blow' part of the equation.

Nuff said.