Thursday, December 12, 2013

Justice League of America #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art By: Tom Derenick, Eddy Barrows, Tom Nguyen, Allen Martinez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 11, 2013

The Minds of Stargirl.

As we saw last issue, Martian Manhunter, and Stargirl escaped the prison that holds most of the various Justice League members.  But upon their escape Stargirl awoke in a cemetery surrounded by members of the Secret Society.  But where is Martian Manhunter?  Well let's find out.

Explain It!:

I hope you all love Stargirl, because that's all you'll pretty much be getting.  After the the prison escape Stargirl is surrounded by members of the Secret Society.  Members including Deathstroke, Copperhead, Blockbuster, Giganta, and Shadow Thief.  Now all these bad mofos are kicking the ever loving crap out of Courtney, but she's not really dealing with it in a conventional sense.  Instead of fighting back Courtney keeps getting lost inside her memories, where we find out a bit more about our teen hero.

We see after Courtney found the cosmic staff, and flight belt in her stepfather's office, that she immediately went off doing her hero thing.  But her secret didn't last long, after videos of her started appearing on the internet.  Her stepfather Pat Dugan confronted her about what she was doing with the gear, but surprisingly he deals with this situation well.  At first he doesn't want her using the power, because his old partner The Star Spangled Kid, died in the line of duty.  But when Courtney intends to keep being a hero, he simply wants to train her to do it right.  Depending on how you look at it, not the worst stepdad ever.  Horribly irresponsible maybe, but pretty cool guy.  But throughout all these flashbacks down memory lane, Martian Manhunter keeps making cameo appearances.

Periodically throughout the flashbacks, Stargirl comes back to reality where she's usually getting kicked in the face, by monstrous villains.  We find out that Martian Manhunter is trapped within Stargirl's mind, and he's begging her to keep control, and focus on the ass kicking at hand, or they both will die.  Eventually after a massive beating Stargirl stops hiding in her memories, and we find out that Stargirl has Martian Manhunters powers.  So obviously after she gets her head clear she uses these powers to curb stomp the hell out of the villains, and seeing that she is smart, she flies away before having to take on Deathstroke, because no matter how many powers you have you never want to take on Deathstroke.

In the end Stargirl wants to go home to L.A. to check on her parents, now that the world has gone to hell.  But Martian Manhunter wants to find a quiet place so that he can try and escape her mind.  So during a argument with herself, Stargirl and Martian Manhunter are separated from each other, and Stargirl plans on continuing her journey to find out if her parents are alright.  While Martian Manhunter finds out that the prison that everyone is being held in, is actually Firestorm.  I don't know if this is right or not, because up until now we've been led to believe it was in the Firestorm matrix of Deathstorm.  But I guess we'll find out in the next installment of JLA Forever Evil.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

It seems that Justice League of America is struggling to find its place in the Forever Evil Event.  It's not that this title is bad, it's just not interesting.  We've been given two characters that have had little circulation in the DCU, to follow around, and try to make sense of what's going on around them.  But what's going on around them is taking it's sweet time in giving us a dose of the badass, that the other titles in this event have already done.  Don't get me wrong, I love the artwork, and I love getting a New 52 origin for Stargirl, but having the feeling of a big epic event, it falls a bit short.


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