Friday, June 27, 2014

Justice League #31

   I continue to struggle with the Justice League series.

   It suffered badly during the Forever Evil series, during which DC's top heroes were in exile and villains such as Lex Luthor and Captain Cold stepped into the limelight to take on the Crime Syndicate (the JL of Earth-3).

   Since I wasn't crazy about that event / series, I was hoping to get back to hero time in this title - but instead, the aftereffects of the event continue - and Luthor is still hanging around.

   The issue centers around Power Ring, the evil entity that is the Earth-3 equivalent of Green Lantern.  Aside from the potential destruction, it's kinda nice to see a GL back in this title, since Hal Jordan was written out months ago.

   We also see Luthor uncovering a vital secret (it's one of those "will writers never learn that this trick doesn't work?" moments), and there's a fun bit of business between Cyborg and Shazam (Capt. Marvel).

   The art by Mike Manley and Keith Champagne is terrific, as always - and presumably this series is already starting to build toward the next "event" (since that seems to be the way of things these days).

   Let's just hope the next series actually includes the Justice League.

Grade: B+




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