What am I talking about this time: Justice League #40
Art by: Pete Woods
Cover by: David Yardin
Variant cover by: J.G. Jones
Written by: Christopher Priest
Overall Review: 2 out of 5 fans
Is it worth $2.99? Nah, if the storyline gets better, maybe get it when the collection hits the stands. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Spoiler Free Review:
You can tell how much I liked a comic by how much I write about it. This will be a short review. At the start of this story arc I was really into it, the idea of a fan pushing the Justice League to their limits seemed fun and full of potential. Too bad it’s confusing, predicable and just meh in every sense of the word. Meeeeeeeeeh.
The art, as a whole, is fine. Woods does a fine job, a fine job indeed. I have some issue with people’s hair, but I can’t figure out what the issue is, so I’ll leave it at that. The story, however, is standard cookie cutter. There are no surprises as you see everything coming from miles off.
Read on and I’ll explain more.
Previously on Justice Lost: There’s a new villain in town and he’s their biggest fan! Just like Kathy Bates in Misery, but less likely to get a Netflix sitcom about weed (cue the laugh track). He dresses like Batman and kills someone. The world goes Marvel’s Civil War on the ol’ JL. Oh, and Cyborg is made leader of the team by Bats, which I really dig because, like the Martian Manhunter in the pre-52 days, he’s always around coordinating everyone, so he should be the leader.
Justice League #40: Cyborg teleports down to a JL rescue Op already in motion, and for no reason at all, The Fan has hacked their teleporters to change his costume. Why? Cause he likes the new costume better, duh! There, the Justice League meets the Justice League of America, they argue because they were saving lives in what appears to be a predominately black neighborhood. The citizens start chanting about Ferguson, and Cyborg is like, “We gotta help these people,” and Superman is like, “Nah, we gotta go.” Just like Supes is known to do. The S stands for hope, you guys. Cause Hope starts with an S? Shope. Or is it a winding river? Who knows?
So after a brief sociology lesson that DC hopes and prays no one will get offended at, Batman and our heroes hop into the Fan-hacked teleporter… because, that’s the smart move, as Batman is known to do. They arrive at the Watchtower, where Aquaman has just punched a lady in the face and then lets her get away after he knocks into Lobo. Think it’d be cool to see Lobo fight Aquaman? Yeah, me too. Too bad though, because he just sorta leaves, walking away from a fight- just like he is known to do. Then, because of the blond girl who never threw a single punch at Aquaman, but still got pummeled in the face, the Watchtower begins falling to Earth. Somehow, it comes down to “the only way to save them” is for one team to die so that the other can live. This premise is so absurd that it makes BvS “Martha” thing make perfect sense. They talk some more, Superman says, “I’m just a man,” and it’s very inspiring. I was so inspired, I called Joe to see if I could review something else, but he didn’t answer the phone, so here we all are. Back to the comic, who will live, who will die? Well, we all guessed it, just in the nick of time, Cyborg comes up with a plan and everyone agrees that they all live or they all die… together. Everybody has to use their powers to do something different at the same time or something… Killer Frost, who has been the outsider looking in, has a key job that like 3 other heroes in this situation could do… but only she can do it. This is where the comic leaves us, on a cliffhanger as the they all plummet to earth. Needless to say, I’m pretty sure they will all die in the next issue. Hopefully.