Justice League of America #42: Writer: James Robinson. Pencils: Mark Bagley.
Last Issue: 8 out of 10.
This comic opens up with Green Arrow heading to the reformed villain(and perhaps the most awesome supporting character EVER)the Shade and asking him to take GA to wherever Prometheus was hiding. The Shade warns GA that if he goes through with what he was planning, his life would be forever altered, but GA had been pushed to the point where he felt he had no recourse but to kill Prometheus. With that, the Shade takes GA to Prometheus's hideout, and I think we all know what happens from there. From that scene we head out to a battle between JLAers Batman, Starfire, Green Lantern and Donna Troy versus Atlas. After a relatively swift battle, the JLA manages to take Atlas down, and afterwards they learn that Atlas was being mind controlled to act as he was, which disturbs the JLAers since Atlas had such a powerful mind. Next up we go to a STAR Labs facility in Fawcett City which was being attacked by some super-villains who were using New Genesis technology. The bad guys clobber some c-list heroes before making off with some mysterious alien artifact. The JLA assembles... wait, that's the Avengers... The JLA... joins, I guess and discuss what happened in Fawcett. While the Atom tells the JLAers what he had discovered from the attack, Hal and Black Canary huddle together to discuss why Green Arrow wasn't at the meeting, even though he said he'd be there. While the JLA is joining, Cyborg rushes in and alerts the team that he had discovered the location of an alien artifact similar to the ones that had been stolen last issue as well as earlier at STAR Labs, and the full League heads to Blackhawk Island, where they discover two villains using New Genesis technology battling against the blue Starman and Ugh... Congorilla... While the JLAers engage the bad guys in battle, three other villains sneak into the JLA Watchtower using Boomtube tech, and begin to search the JLA's satellite headquarters. This issue ends with Green Arrow teleporting to the Tower searching for his absent teammates.
Once again, this wasn't a bad comic at all. Granted, there wasn't a whole load of action until the end, but this comic set up the showdowns for next issue, with the JLA battling these New God impostors on two fronts. So long as he isn't senselessly killing off little girls, I like James's writing, and I've liked Mark's pencils since Ultimate Spider-Man, so this comic was pretty enjoyable to me. Before I end this post though, I will admit that there is one thing that has bugged me about the new League thus far. With such an expansive team, many characters are kind of appearing and disappearing. For example, Atom wasn't even a part of the last issue, but this issue he had a major role, while Mon-El, who WAS in the last issue did nothing more then stand/float in the background and smile. Methinks there may be too many characters in this comic/on this team right now...
Score: 8 out of 10.Since the Shade is probably among my favorite comic book characters, it should go without saying that I enjoyed this comic.