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Justice League of America #6 Review and *SPOILERS*
Don't Waste God's Time
Written By: Bryan Hitch Art By: Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, Andre Currie, Alex Sinclair, Chris Eliopoulos Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 26, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Okay, we're off the Martian Manhunter one shot and back on track with our JLA comic. That being said, I'm having a hard time remembering where the hell we were in this book and boy after reading it did I ever have a case of sensory overload. So many things going on, but I'll just give you the gist. Aquaman left his people alone with a prophet of Rao so he could get some snuggle time with Mera, Wonder Woman's been exiled to a void that once was Olympus, Superman with the help of Batman has become very suspicious of Rao, Green Lantern is all buddy buddy with Rao 250,000 years ago on Krypton and Flash is kicking it with the Infinity Corp back in 1961. Goddamn, is that a lot to pack into a story. Yeah, I forgot to mention Cyborg, but like the old days of the New 52, he's stuck on a computer so he can come up with a backup plan to take out Rao in case the League isn't enough and looking at what's going on here, they just might not be. Let's jump into this delayed issue and see what's going down with the JLA.
We begin this issue with Aquaman finally getting off his duff and checking in on Atlantis, but it's too late because that prophet of Rao has already gone around and told people the error of their ways and got them to see things the Rao way. Nothing like a little bit of brainwashing to get your people to turn against you and Aquaman finds this out right away when he tries to attack the prophet, only to get ambushed by every Atlantean in his proximity. It seems that getting a whole lot of Atlantean converts wasn't the only reason to go to Atlantis though because the prophet is in contact with another one of his ilk on Themyscira and they're doing some techno mumbo jumbo to triangulate a position and after we see Aquaman and a prophet get sent to the void that once was Olympus........... Well, I guess they were trying to get to Olympus, but I'm left confused. I really thought that with Wonder Woman being transported to this dead space that was once the home of the gods that it meant Rao and his people had already gone there and wrecked up the joint. I guess Olympus being in disarray is solely due to the gods packing up and getting out of there in a hurry. I guess the reason that Wonder Woman is stuck there is because she now represents Olympus and has to be there for it to continue existing......... These are all speculations on my part because honestly I'm just really confused. It all leads to a shit ton of prophets giving their lives to Rao, like we saw them do back in Krypton's past, but this time they simply go all suicide bomber on our asses and destroy what was left of Olympus. Man, monotheism is the worst.
While Aquaman and Wonder Woman are busy with their prophet problem, we head off to the Fortress of Solitude, where we left Superman and Rao in the previous issue that dealt with this story.......... and Rao just straight up kicks our Man of Steel's ass and we're done with both for the rest of the issue....... at least this time's Rao. So let's head off to 1961, where the Flash is getting all informed by the Infinity Corp about what's going on with the Forever Stones, Superman's death in the future that leads to the end of time and why they set up the Justice League to fight Parasite. Pretty much, all these events were set in place so that the Infinity Corp could try and see a bigger picture to what's going on........ but it didn't and that's all she wrote for this section........ Yup, not a lot really going on is there?
In the end, we head back to an ancient Krypton, where Hal Jordan and Rao head over to the citadel of Argo to talk peace between the warring factions, but when they enter the doors all they find is that damn Infinity Corp building and I'm left scratching my head more than ever. I'm going to develop a bald spot soon because goddamn is this story all over the place and not willing to share it's secrets.
That's it for this issue of Justice League of America and the name of the game here seems to be baby steps. With this huge over the top, time spanning story, Bryan Hitch promises us airplanes of exposition because of how much we've been dealing with, but he only delivers little spoon fulls of information every time....... Babies must always be pissed off. Yeah, you could say Olympus exploding here was pretty epic, but since I'm not positive what the hell was going on with Olympus in the first place, it just didn't grab me the way I think it was supposed to and besides for that, not a lot else went down in this book. We just checked in on some different heroes while they were doing uninteresting things and that's about it. The art was pretty sweet for what we got, but even that didn't stay consistently great and because of all these things, this delayed issue just came off flat to me...... plus with how this series keeps getting delayed, I'm finding it hard to stay interested.
Bits and Pieces:
Heroes doing a bunch of things, but ultimately none of it's very interesting. Yeah, things get heated for Aquaman and Wonder Woman in this issue, but since they've pretty much just been background characters to this run, I'm left wondering why I should care because I'm not totally sure what's going on with them or the places they inhabit here anyway. Just not a lot to get excited about here even if you do remember what this series was doing previously and while I didn't mind the art, none of it really wow-ed me and I'm just left hoping that this series picks up a bit so I can be excited again.