Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Justice League of America #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art By: Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2013

Justice League Matrix

So the Crime Syndicate came to our Earth, and took over, and also blocked out the sun.  Somehow Stargirl remembers all this, No idea.  

Explain It:

Stargirl and Martian Manhunter wake up in a sunny field, when they see Jason Rusch.  Jason informs them that they are all being held within a holographic prison.  

Martian Manhunter and Jason descend into another chamber of the prison, and see Wonder Woman.  She's battling for her life, and believes that Superman is already dead.  She runs away from the two crying, ashamed at not being the warrior she was meant to be.  The two continue to descend and find a prison for Shazam, who's prison is made to let the child in him run rampant.  He's in a city and just wants to destroy things, and see them be remade, so he can do it all over again.  Further down the Flash is sitting in an apartment and tells the two all he has done that day.  Martian Manhunter realizes that all of these things were only done in his mind.  Each of the prisons seem to be built to break down the occupant, or at least keep them occupied.

Further down Martian Manhunter finds Superman trying to fly around the earth backwards to turn back time, in order to prevent himself from killing Dr. Light.  Moving on we find Simon Baz, sitting in a crater.  He let the small minds of the people around him get the better of him.  Everyone saw him as a terrorist, so that's what he gave them.

In the end Stargirl who was left behind in case of a trap, simply finds a way out ( really?  really?), and sees what the world has become on the outside.

Bits and Pieces:

This book is beautiful.  Doug Mahnke never disappoints.  But as for the story?  Just a lot of seeing heroes at their weakest.  It was a very tame Dante's Inferno where we went down the levels of hell.  But just each individuals hell.  Nothing really happened, and the ending was ridiculous.  Per usual Stargirl had nothing to do, and instead of trying to help the rest of the heroes, and maybe working together, Martian Manhunter just wants to go exploring.  But again beautiful issue.


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