Written By: Geoff Johns
Pencils By: Jim Lee
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: OUT NOW IN STORES & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (VIA COMIXOLOGY)
After reading the latest issue of Justice League I came upon a somewhat harsh realization about this series, as much as I’ve enjoyed each individual issue of the series so far it’s by no means the best series of the New 52, why was that? Stay with me when I say this but if Justice League had the intention of brining the summer blockbuster “event”, approach to the series then they are without a doubt the comic book alternative of the recent Transformers films (shy the racist and sexism obviously).
I hate to use the term mindless as that’s giving the series such little justice, however the mind frame I find myself in while reading this book is the same I find myself in when watching something like Die Hard 4 or Transformers. With Jim Lee & Scott Williams on art this is without a doubt a very beautiful book, however should that excuse rather out of place jokes and sometimes wooden dialogue coming from our heroes?
Don’t get me wrong I still am greatly enjoying this series however I’m struggling to get into the right mind frame to enjoy it fully. I was rather looking forward to this issue as it was said to have a heavy focus on Aquaman’s debut. Aquaman speaks in 7 panels throughout the entire issue.
Writer Geoff Johns has hit hard with making Aquaman a cool character again over the past year and for what is his chronological debut in the New 52 it’s quickly forgotten in the story, sure he has a fairly amazing “badass” moment early on in the issue but after that he is forgotten and returned to filling backgrounds behind Superman & Green Lantern in the never-ending wave of bullets and demons.
Much like last issue, my favorite part of the story is with Victor and his transformation into Cyborg. My fondness for this character has grown with every issue and it’s nice to see Victor have a chance to show off his newly found abilities. This is Geoff Johns at his best.
However harsh I may sound about this book I still enjoy it greatly. It’s a somewhat silly but enjoyable blockbuster level story, that you do need to be in the right mood for (for a book critics were saying was moving far to slow in previous months this issue sure has picked up the pace rather quickly and is pretty much an all out brawl throughout this month). But trust me, come the issues end with the entire team assembled and Darkseid ready to wage war you will without a doubt be at the edge of your seat.