Thursday, February 20, 2014

Justice League of America #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Tom Derenick, R.B. Silva
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 12, 2014

Martian Bedtime Stories.

Okay time for a bring you up to speed moment.  Firestorm has all the Justice Leagues trapped within his
matrix, and the Crime Syndicate is moving him around.  Last issue we found out that Firestorm is unstable and our two heroes have to reach him before he goes critical, but their quest is slowed down when the duo is attacked by Despero.  Hopefully Stargirl, and Martian Manhunter can overcome this mind fucking alien.

Explain It!:

We start this issue with Stargirl deciding she doesn't want to drown, and with Despero taking his frustrations about being pink out on Martian Manhunter.

As Martian Manhunter lays dying, Stargirl finishes drying her hair, and finally finds her fallen green buddy.  So with Firestorm counting down to nuclear holocaust, J'onn decides with his dying breaths to tell Stargirl a Martian children's story.  Seems appropriate.  The first Martian village was under constant attack by an evil being known as Erdel.  Erdel would prey only on the strongest of the Martians, until the village was only populated with the elderly and children.  I hate both, so this Martian village sounds like hell.  At least the sand worms are on Saturn.  So a single warrior decided to stand up against Erdel, and with his courage and sacrifice he was able to defeat the evil.  I really think Star Wars A New Hope might have been a better story if you're going to take time to tell one.  So story time's over and Martian Manhunter who didn't want Courtney to go home to L.A. to find her parents, tells her that Firestorm is now over L.A., and that she must hurry to stop him.  Bleh.  Martian Manhunter is dead, or whatever that means for comic books.  He's on sabbatical for the time being.  I'd like to tell you he's dead, but I've seen the solicits for Justice League United, and his pretty green mug is on the roster.

In the end Courtney flies off and goes blow for blow against Despero, while Martian Manhunter runs down the narration telling us that the story about the Martian warrior was a story of hope, and as his psychic connection fades and he looks into the light, he knows that the good guys are going to win.

Bits and Pieces:

While it seemed we were picking up the pace with last issue, this locks on the brakes and gives you whiplash.  The west coast is about to be destroyed, and we stop for a nice martian story about overcoming adversity.  All I saw in this issue was the bad guy winning repeatedly, and I'm left wanting more.  Of course I want more I'm an awful fanboy, but all we get is a terrible beating, and a story.  This issue does have great art, and even though there are three artists this issue, they seem to work together smoothly, and nothing seems out of place.  Hopefully I can be overwhelmed next month or even whelmed.


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