writer: Geoff Johns / artist: Doug Mahnke
The interesting thing about Justice League, especially since the Trinity War began, is that has become heavily dependent upon super teams vs other super teams as opposed to the Justice League teaming together to take down a singular overpowering threat. Last month’s revelation of yet ANOTHER team becomes the focal point of this month and things are starting to feel pretty crowded. I don’t know if I would feel that way if I liked this new iteration of the Doom Patrol, but they feel pretty tacked on at this point. The struggle they have with their “savior” Chief is pretty obvious and it will surely factor into the action moving forward, but none of the characters seem compelling at first blush. This may just be a way of pitting Chief against Luthor ultimately, but with all that’s going on with Luthor, who knows if that will be a good thing for this book.
Speaking of Luthor, the Justice League book, ever since halfway through Forever Evil, could be titled as Luthor. His mysterious motivations, shadowy maneuverings and nefarious attempts to project that he is a heroic figure have been about the only interiority we’ve gotten from any prominent characters in this book (or more accurately, story line) in quite a while. That’s not to say that Johns isn’t doing a great job writing Luthor, because he is, but at some point, it would be nice to see the members of the Justice League become lead characters in the Justice League book again. The highlight of the book for me was the deeper dive into Power Ring’s origins and motivations. THAT was a pretty interesting and it tied into the super creepy lullaby that Superwoman was singing to open the book.
I’m still a fan, but Justice League continues to be a mixed bag for me. One hopes that the aspects of the book I find less interesting will have good and surprising turns as the story progresses. But I felt that way with Trinity War too.