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Out with a Whimper

March 2, 2009

 

     As far as Justice League of America goes, its recent days have been rather poor.  Despite the rise in quality for almost a year, things have degressed into glorified brawls.  In this issue, Shadow Thief tries desperately to be an actually dangerous villain.  And fails rather miserably.  Meanwhile, the Shadow Cabinet tries to act like a counterpart to the JLA, Icon does his best Superman impression, and Dharma gets cryptic.  So really, if you look at these past four issues, nothing has really been accomplished.  The only really good issue of the arc was the first one, when Dr. Light and all the members of the Cabinet were characterized perfectly.  Now, it’s all kind of boring.

     So, with this arc over, we’ve got the fallout from Final Crisis coming up.  At least one, if not all, of the Trinity will be leaving the team.  I mean, of course Batman’s left.  But his replacement might show up.  Indicated in the Omens and Origins segment at the end (which was as snoozy as most of them are), Icon might be joining the team in the near future.  That would be a nice change of pace, but only if McDuffie can really differentiate him from Superman.  At any rate, this new start will be the last chance for JLA.  If it can’t prove itself with this, then it’s going to be a long while before it reaches the quality it had in the last volume.  And José Luis draws like a slightly less dynamic Ed Benes.  Less butt shots, which is good.  But not as sharp, which is not so good.  So I have little hope for this series.  DC’s team books are really suffering these days.

Plot: 7.5    Art: 8.0      Dialogue: 7.6      Overall: 7.7

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