Sunday, September 26, 2010

Justice League of America #49

Looking back over my reviews of this comic for the past couple of years, I've been pretty hard on the Justice League of America.

That's mostly because the comic just hasn't been living up to its potential. It should be the top comic at DC, with the company's greatest heroes taking on major challenges.

But this comic hasn't been living up to that promise for a long, long time - and this issue does nothing to change that perception.

That's because this is apparently a "filler" issue, designed to carry us over to the next issue, which will be #50.

So we have a few cameos with most of the members of the JLA while the majority of the issue focuses on Donna Troy and Jade as they take on a third-rate villain in a distasteful cop-out of a story.

Once again, I wonder, "What happened to the James Robinson who wrote so many outstanding stories?" (Still no good answer to this question.)

The art is by Pow Rodrix with Robson Rocha and no less than nine inkers! The art's not bad, but it's a mish-mash of styles with some odd anatomy here and there.

So when will this comic get its act together? I've about decided that it's a casualty of the ongoing need for events in comics, and since those stories affect the biggest stars at DC, perhaps this comic is destined to continue to be a home for second-banana characters. A shame, really.

Grade: C



Dwayne said...

The best thing DC editorial could do for the League would be to identify the members of the team, tell the writers they can't change them, and to write good stories. This team never has stories that don't involve change of membership. I've lost interest too.

Chuck said...

Dwayne, I agree completely. Surely if Marvel can put all its big guns in numerous Avengers and X-Men books, DC could do the same with the JLA.