Friday, December 18, 2009

A Quick Look at Justice League of America #39

Writer: James Robinson. Pencils: Mark Bagley.

What Happened: The sad remains of the Justice League(Zatanna, Vixen, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, Dr. Light and Gypsy)head to the Hall of Justice to see if they can intercept the reanimated dead villains they had stored there. Instead of finding villains they come across Zatanna's father, Black Lantern Zatara. Zatanna sends the team away and she has a magic war with her dead father. Dr. Light peels away from the rest of the team without any explanation and the rest of the team comes across Black Lantern Vibe, who apparently used to be a member of the Justice League Detroit. BL Vibe destroys Red Tornado and manages to tear out Plastic Man's heart, killing him. BL Vibe is soon joined by fellow dead JL Detroit member Black Lantern Steel. This issue concludes with Dr. Light finding Black Lantern Dr. Light(the evil one)and getting quickly knocked out by BL Dr. Light.

What I Thought: This was a good comic, nothing more, nothing less. I thought Plastic Man was killed a little bit too easily, but c'est la vie I guess. I had no earthly idea who Steel or Vibe were, and to be honest, I was only vaguely aware there even WAS a Justice League stationed out of Detroit, so that may have affected my enjoyment of this issue a little. Besides that, I'm looking forward to next issue and what should be a pretty good showdown between BL Dr. Light and the rest of the JLA.

Score: 6 1/2 out of 10.Even though he's dead, Dr. Light is STILL a pervert!


  1. I have though about picking this title up as its a black night tie in but your first line here somed it up for me

    "The sad remains of the Justice League(Zatanna, Vixen, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, Dr. Light and Gypsy)"

    That has to be the worst most boring set of characters ever in a Justice League book.

  2. After looking at some previews, Bagley's art on this book really looks unfinished. He doesn't seem like the right choice for these chracters.

    I've been to Detroit, and I seriously think a Justice League team based in Michigan would be bored out of their minds. They could go to a Pistons game or something, but that would be about it for anything exciting happening.

  3. Matt: Yeah, I'm pretty sure things will pick up after Cry for Justice wraps up, but this current team just doesn't do anything for me. If not for the Blackest Night stuff, this series would be just horrendous.

    Kello: I've always been a fan of Bagley, from the early T-bolts, to Ultimate Spider-Man, so I'm cool with him on this series. I didn't want to offend anybody from Detroit or anything, but I have to admit, I was a bit puzzled as to why the League thought they needed a team in Detroit...

  4. Lol, As someone who's from/lives in Detroit Kello's right. There's not anything for a Justice League to do here...maybe one or two heroes to stop some crimes but an entire league would be overkill. Lol X, were you referring to me when ya said you didn't wanna offend anyone from Detroit?

  5. Jason, you are my link to Detroit, so I didn't want to ruffle your feathers any!

  6. Lol there's not too much you can say about Detroit that would ruffle my feathers, I've heard worse from people who live here.