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Written By: Geoff Johns Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: February 18, 2015
A Cool Finale
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
In the last thrilling installment of Justice League we saw our heroes desperately fighting to find a cure to the Amazo Virus as it began to spread all over the country. After a big battle with Patient Zero and Batman getting......... Bat powers, our heroes discover that Patient Zero doesn't hold the cure that they were hoping for and that their only resort left was to get a sample of Superman's blood...... because Luthor is a heel and actually exposed Superman to the virus years ago but it had no affect. So after Superman almost took his frustrations out on Luthor, our issue closed with all our heroes who were infected rising up under a single consciousness and looking like they wanted to put the hurt on our currently virus free heroes. Let's see if what remains of the Justice League can find a cure to the Amazo Virus and stop this sentience before it takes over the world.
The finale of this story really just revolves around Luthor and Superman flying off so that Lex can get a sample of Superman's blood and create a cure, while Wonder Woman holds back the Amazo Virus-ed up Justice League and while that doesn't sound like much, it's really enjoyable. The reason that this simple battle works so well and makes me happy as hell that I read it is because of Captain Cold joining the fight with Wonder Woman as the two attempt to fight back the infected heroes while still keeping them alive. It was just a real solid moment and came off quite cute as Captain Cold pulled a fanboy and gushed over how happy he was to be working with Wonder Woman............ Oh and the fact that he got to straight up freeze Flash........... he even took a picture of it for later. It's really funny to me to think about Captain Cold being Geoff Johns's favorite character and him pulling all these strings so that he'd be able to write about him working with the world's greatest superhero team. Bravo sir, bravo.
Speaking of Captain Cold getting his superheroics on, it turns out that it was the best thing to ever happen to the world because while Patient Zero has been able to duplicate any power he sees, it seems that he's having some problems with the cold and it's with this realization that Diana calls back Superman and Captain Cold and him take out the rest of the infected superheroes with their cold gun and breath.
With that problem contained, ARGUS, cleans up Metropolis while the Justice League create a mass cure to take care of the world so that the Amazo Virus can be completely contained and never infect anyone ever again. Only problem is that some of the infected people that gained meta human powers from the virus have continued to have them after they were cured........... So a lot more meta-humans running around who could become possible villains or heroes in the future.
In the end, Neutron tells Steve Trevor that he'll tell Luthor who put a hit out on him and after learning this news, it looks like Trevor is about to kill Neutron and that he might be the one who is actually behind the........ hitting? I hope that this is just a mislead, but man does it look that way and as the issue closes we see that Patient Zero couldn't be cured of the Amazo Virus and now he looks more like the Amazo we all know and love...........except for the whole android thing and he even goes by the name Amazo. So yeah, New 52 Amazo is going on and it looks like all he wants to do is infect Luthor.......... Weird........ and gross.
All that and Hal Jordan makes his triumphant return to Justice League to teach Power Ring something about willpower and controlling jewelry.
That's it for this issue of Justice League and while I haven't really been a fan of this whole story arc, I really liked this finale with all it's Captain Cold fanboy fun. Yeah, it kind of just ended abruptly with the Amazo Virus being vulnerable to cold, but I was never really all about this sentient virus stuff anyway and the book worked so much more for me just getting that out of the way........... Yeah, you might not like it but these are my reviews...... that's right, Eric's finally top dog! Back to the book though, you can't go wrong with Jason Fabok's art and Geoff Johns just has a way of humanizing these over the top super characters in a way that allows us to relate to them and it just works so well here. See you next month as we look at the prelude to the Darkseid War.
Bits and Pieces:
While some may think that this story is wrapped up way too quick, it actually worked for me because I wasn't all about the Amazo Virus and it gave the book a chance to show us the characters being themselves other than fighting an all out battle against infected superheroes and civilians. Great art and great character moments do a awesome job of wrapping up with story. Go get your Justice League on.