Since I've decided to play hooky tomorrow(I'll only be missing one class, plus I haven't missed any school all year, so I think I'm entitled to one day!), I figured I'd put two reviews up before I torment myself with a load of Accounting homework. Now I'm sure you're thinking to yourself, “Hey, these comics is 2-3 months old now!” First off, that's horrible grammar... Secondly, you'd be correct! I do have an excuse though. Justice League #41 & 42 were released BEFORE the end of the horrifically bad Cry for Justice mini-series, and since I didn't want to stumble across any spoilers for Cry, I decided I'd wait until Cry ended before I decided to give these two books a read. And so with Cry THANKFULLY over, I can finally see what I've been missing in DC's premier super-hero team title. For the record, I should have JLA #43 up for tomorrow, so that'll be three consecutive JLA comic reviews in a row. And away we go!
Justice League of America #41: Writer: James Robinson. Pencils: Mark Bagley.
Last Issue: 6 out of 10.
This issue starts off with Donna Troy thinking about the sucky run of luck the DC heroes have been having lately, what with Cry for Justice and Blackest Night. While Donna is reminiscing(and filling in readers who may have missed out on those two events), Vixen tells Dr. Light that she is taking a leave of absence from the JLA, since she had suffered a broken arm and leg during Prometheus's assault. Light tries to convince her to stick around, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Donna heads to the hospital to recover the corpse of her infant son, who was resurrected as a Black Lantern during Blackest Night, and as luck would have it, some idiots had taken hostages in the children's wing of the hospital, and were looking for a ransom. Instead of a ransom, they get a righteous Amazonian ass-whupping from Donna instead. After Donna takes out the trash(so to speak)she is met by Wonder Woman who had just arrived on the scene. WW can see the toll the recent events had taken on Donna and tells her to join the JLA as a way to move forward as opposed to looking back at what Donna had lost. After WW's pep talk, Donna goes around collecting JLA teammates, starting with those she knows best, her former teammates with the (Teen)Titans. Anyway, after a quick recruiting run, Donna has Cyborg, Starfire and Batman on board. From there she heads to the Watchtower to meet up with Dr. Light(and the remains of Red Tornado)and introduce her to the new JLA. From there, we get a quick scene showing some weird super-villain murdering a man at the Smithsonian in order to acquire a mysterious alien artifact. Next we head out to Metropolis, where Dr. Light contacts Guardian and Mon-El and offers them a spot on the newly constructed League. This issue concludes with Batman and Hal Jordan(where the hell did he come from?)finding Green Arrow brutalizing some losers in an alley, and deciding to offer GA a spot in the League as well.
I had absolutely NO problem with this comic at all. It needed to set the stage for the new JLA, and it did just that. It introduced the new team members, it gave their reasons for joining, and it set up the next few issues by introducing the mystery villain from the Smithsonian. I mean, it's not like this was the most exciting comic I've ever read or anything, but it accomplished everything it needed to, so for that, I applaud it.
Score: 8 out of 10.Oh no you're not you little horror!