Sunday, August 14, 2005

JLA #117

Three parts in to Crisis of Conscience and I'm starting to feel like an insectivore on a hamster wheel -- running over and over the same geography.

This arc is yet another fallout story from Identity Crisis with the same themes of betrayal and distrust and righteously indignant villains attacking our heroes through their civilian identities. I'm getting bored and throwing in Despero and Catwoman doesn't make it all better. It's the same thing we saw in Teen Titans and every IdC tie-in issue that has come out in the last few months.

I'm kinda failing to be bowled over by the whole Despero thing. We've got all this angst and mistrust and sledgehammered-in retcons of ignoble deeds past and it should be all the old JLA's fault... but they're getting off the hook a bit by Despero getting involved. He speaks as though he's just enabling the JLA's eating itself, but sooner or later, they will have Despero to unite against -- sooner if they catch him fighting J'onn -- and their personal problems will become secondary.

Not quite sure what to think of Superman admitting to playing dumb -- he's known for a while what the old League did, but never said anything. That the old crew didn't ever get around to telling Big Blue on their own.... meh. It was understandable, if cowardly, that they didn't tell the Teen Titans, but Superman?

Very sure what to think about the Flash -- Wally speeding around like the fretful child of feuding parents is wearing thin. Especially considering what Geoff Johns did over in Flash with Barry and Hal mind wiping the planet into forgetting who Wally really was.

On the other hand, I do like Chris Batista's artwork in this issue. Pretty and a bit old-school


Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I am enjoying this storyline overall (it somewhat harkens back to the old "satellite era" JLA stories), I am a bit perturbed at Superman's out-of-character revelation, as well. Superman knew about the mind-wiping all along but never said anything? That's not the Supes I know, in any incarnation. He is always portrayed as the "hero's hero," who avoids crossing that moral line whenever possible. At the very least, he should have been just as against the whole thing as Batman was, and would have given the Leaguers involved some sort of lecture a long time ago!

Tue Aug 30, 08:30:00 AM EDT  

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