Genre: Superhero Comics
Series: New 52 Justice League of America
Publisher: DC Comics (November 12, 2013)
Length: 224 pages
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I didn’t expect much when I read this comic. After finishing, it seems that was a very wise decision on my part.
Basically, the story is about Amanda Waller (Director of A.R.G.U.S) and Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s former boy toy and Justice League liaison) gathering together a group of superheroes to take out the Justice League if they go rogue. After much debate (and endless intros) they decide to either blackmail, bribe, or trick Catwoman, Katanna, Green Lantern Simon Baz, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Star Girl and Vibe into joining up. (Green Arrow is on the team, but he actually forces his way onto it.)
Please note: There is no good explanation as to how in the hell this Justice League of America could stand toe to toe with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Cyborg. If that actually matters to anyone.
From this less than inauspicious formation, the new JLA goes on to have an entertaining adventure fighting a group of mysterious bad guys, then gets caught up in the Trinity War event. (Be warned that several issues included in this volume really do not make much sense unless read in conjunction with Trinity War.)
After the Trinity War nonsense is over, there are some interesting stories focusing on Martian Manhunter, not that I’m a huge of J’onn J’onzz fan, but I thought they were well done and an interesting take on this classic alien character.
Overall, this was an okay story. I actually liked the intros (brought me up-to-date on the characters), thought the initial clash with the mysterious villains was well done, and felt the art was decent throughout. Unfortunately, the whole Trinity War ruined the flow of the narrative to me, and so this one is just “okay” in my book.