Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Comic Book Review: Justice League of America #38

Written by James Robinson
Art and cover by Mark Bagley
Variant cover by Andy Kubert

A one-time member of the Justice League, Blue-Jay, from Long ago runs from an unknown enemy who is out to harm the forgotten hero. Blue-Jay’s escape plans fails and is unable to warn the world of the obviously oncoming danger.

Meanwhile, the current formation of the Justice League discusses its future and relevance in the world today. And suddenly, without warning or prompt, Desparo attacks the headquarters almost killing the entire team. But as the heroes gather composure and strength (with the assistance of Zatana) to defeat Desparo, they find themselves in the middle of the mystery that involves the strange phenomenon of rising zombie heroes and villains.

My Thoughts
This issue’s selling point is contained within the first nine pages which are filled with interesting dialogue and conversation about the JLA’s future, which is most certainly needed. The Justice League has been in a state of limbo for almost a year now and I’m glad to see some progression being made to get the league back on its feet. I’m beginning to wonder, though, if James Robinson had decided to transcribe meetings or thoughts he had about the Justice League when brainstorming the story as a segway into the James Robinson era.

The introduction was so interesting and epic! I hardly remember Blue-Jay from my younger years, so to see him brought back to the pages of the Justice League make me wonder if there’s a hero addition to the team that has not been let out of the box yet. It would be fun to have Blue-Jay return, but I’m not sure I see that happening right now. But what does interest me is this seemingly gigantic world that Blue-Jay was trapped in, and the giant foot planted on the ground where he lay unconscious. Was Blue-Jay in another dimension or some type of fantasy world where everything is super-sized in comparison with our world? It will be fun to see this unfold.

However, after the first nine pages, this issue was nothing more than a brawl between Desparo and the Justice League to which I didn’t see a point. Why bring him in only to be defeated with no connecting point with the Cry For Justice story arc going on right now?

The art was a lot better than I expected from Bagley. The introduction pages with Blue-Jay were fantastic with the gorgeous array of blue and violet colorings. And, even though I wasn’t fond of the random fight session with Desparo, the art was definitely above average, especially for Bagley.

A fair issue. There’s a lot of potential in the story, but this issue had even more potential to be a great start to Robinson’s time on this book. There was too much wasted time on the fighting scenes and not enough time on the story.

3 out of 5 stars

Next Issue Coming 11/25/2009
The BLACKEST NIGHT darkens the skies over the Justice League in this important tie-in issue! Can the team get it together in time to survive the return of the undead Dr. Light? Or will his now-shadowy evil strangle everybody where they stand?

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