Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Justice League #31 Review


All You Need Is Love

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Andy Owens, Oclair Albert, Brad Anderson, Richard Starkins and Jimmy
Comicraft's
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

It's the end of Bryan Hitch's Legacy story and while I have been a fan, it's showing some cracks lately.  It has been all about the kids for me, but the last couple of issues have devolved into a slug fest and that's a shame because Hitch's character work was really good.  So, does this finale get back to the good stuff and end on a high note?  Let's find out...

The issue starts with an all-out brawl between the Justice League and everyone else.  The lines are drawn between parents and children with the world up for grabs.  It's all about the Darkness and while the action is intense, I can't say the issue grabbed me from the get go.  The problem is the Darkness narration jumbled with everything else going on made it all just a bit of overload that didn't have any one moment that stood out.  The cluttered art didn't help either.

The gist of all of it is the Darkness convincing the Justice League why they should kill their children and the kids fighting back.  Barry is mad that he won't have kids with Iris, Jessica is upset at the twins...it's all just okay when I was hoping for better.



Batman arrives to save the day, but he can't stop Mera from running the trident through future Aquaman or assist the Twins in bringing Simon back from the dead.  It all leads to Hunter finally getting the opportunity to kill Wonder Woman, but he stops right before after learning the truth about what all happened.  Diana sacrificed herself to save him.



That's when the kids figure out what can save the day...love.  Yep, they have to remind the JL of the love in their hearts.  The Twins use the Indigo Light as a cherry on top of the sundae and all that's left is to say goodbye and hope for the best as the kids head home.  The issue ends with the Justice League gathered for a group shot and it feels like it should be a lot bigger.  It really ends with a whimper instead of the bang I was hoping for.

I still think this final arc was a success, but it could have been so much better.  Why Hitch let himself get away from the great character moments he started with to give us mindless fighting is beyond me.  Plus, this finale felt a bit rushed and didn't deal with a bunch of the questions left on the table.  The art was a bit below average this issue and it all just ended to end.

Bits and Pieces:

The Legacy story is still Hitch's best Justice League arc, but this ending was a bit lack luster.  Mindless action and a cliched and forced ending make it an issue I can't recommend.

6.0/10


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4 comments:

  1. At the start of the arc, it was interesting. Really it was. The hype of the league having future kids at that time does have its moments. HOWEVER, as the story progressed, hitch returned to his usual story telling. He just cant help being himself. Hahaha. But still an improvement compared to the other arcs hes written. Sad that he will leave justice league. Hahaha NOT!!

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  2. Let's all be honest here, we knew this was going to happen. We knew it was going to crash at the end, the only question was how big was the explosion going to be. While not a great issue, we can all at least take comfort in the fact that this issue was at least okay. I honestly would have preferred to give Hitch one more issue to rap things up because it did felt like he was rushing at the end. Nonetheless, I'd give this arc a 7/10 and I hope to see these future children again someday.

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    1. Agreed, considering hitch wrote this, this is like as good he can get. The one true plus I'll give the issue is that he points out that in some of these time travel stories that time doesn't erase, but rather branches off to becoming a different place. We could see these characters some day, and truth be told...I wouldn't hate that.

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    2. I say 7/10 for this arc is right on. I'd love to see the kids again!

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