Friday, February 13, 2015

Justice League United #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Keith Champagne, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Open Your Mind Quaid

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Last issue we had more of the same as the JLU and the Legion fought off energy demons as Infinitus gained his way into the present time........ by Byth flying Ultra into the portal he created.  I'm not really sure how all this works but I guess we can chalk it up to Weird Science.  As the issue closed, Supergirl followed Byth through the portal and all our heroes prepared themselves to fight Infinitus as he became stuck in that time.  Let's see if this issue has more to offer us than just fighting and teleporting from location to location......... because as of right now, that's all this title has been doing.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with everybody getting ready to fight the battle of their lives as more of the energy demons...... or wraiths as they call them come out of Infinitus and become more powerful.  A bunch of the Legion and the JLU break off to go and protect Thanagarr as these wraiths make their way towards the planet and it seems like the wraiths power has leveled up significantly because they kill Wildfire with a single touch.  Poor poor Wildfire will never be able to become a member of the Justice League of America Five Years From Now...... so hopefully that means that our heroes won't have to face that awful future.  

Martian Manhunter after getting Hawkman off the Byth trolley gets a group of heroes and goes after Supergirl and Ultra in the portal that Byth created and we have Byth going full out nasty as he claims he's going to show us his "true face" and I know that I've used this in another review but every time I hear that I think of Narcisse from Nightbreed and his attempt at doing the same........... just do me a solid and watch the flick if you've never seen it.  

While all of this is going on Brainiac 5 is developing a time bomb to be zeta-ed into Infinitus that will keep him trapped outside of time forever and he's getting a little antsy to hit the fire button and he might sacrifice some of our heroes to get the job done.  Its a good thing that Colossal Boy grabs a hold of Byth and puts him out of commission.  Now it's up to Martian Manhunter to try and reach Ultra so Infinitus can never be.

In the end, Martian Manhunter fails to reach the child, who actually wants to become Infinitus and be the end of creation for some reason, so our hero resorts to entering and stealing the child's mind and exiting the portal and saving the Universe........... Only problem is Brainiac 5 has exactly zero faith in anyone besides himself and launched his time bomb and without Infinitus's mass there to take the explosion, Brainiac 5 just doomed all our heroes.  The bomb goes off and creates a black hole and our issue ends with our heroes being pulled towards the epicenter of the explosion.  Don't worry Wildfire, your friends will see you soon.

That's it for this issue of Justice League United and man is this series all about teleporting and fighting........ and strange ass science that I'll just have to go with because I'll never understand how pretty much anything in this book went down.  Neil Edwards as always portrayed these characters great and I really feel for him with having to draw so many different characters in this series....... It's funny too because there's even a joke in this issue about how knowing who all these characters are is confusing.  Even with great art and a fun joke though this issue is just bogged down by the constant battle between our heroes and energy wraiths that don't mean anything to anyone.  Hopefully next month's issue and the conclusion to this story can make this story arc worthwhile and really just cut the roster of heroes a little.

Bits and Pieces:

Like we've seen from this series, this issue too is just chock full of heroes fighting and teleporting to places and at this point it's getting a little stale.  It really pains me to say this because I love these characters but this whole story arc is just coming off over the top and not that interesting at the same time.  If you're invested in this series then you might get into it but this really isn't for everyone.  Luckily though, we've got Neil Edwards drawing the hell out of our favorite B list heroes and I love seeing that.

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