Thursday, April 10, 2014

Justice League 3000 #5 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Raymund Bermudez and Wayne Faucher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

The Not so Perfect (Fire)Storm

Justice League 3000 has been crazy insane (crazy? Insane?) and I will let you in on a little secret, I really like it.  The mystery surrounding the League and watching them deal with that and each other has been fun. Keith Giffen promised that the members weren't clones and by gum, he wasn't lying.  What they are is dark and twisted and really explains why they act like they do and why Superman has that awful haircut.  With all that said, the book has been plagued by poor pacing since issue #1.  Things are going at a snails pace, but what we have been given has allowed me to look the other way.  Well, I'm not looking the other way anymore Giffen and DeMatteis.  I'm looking right at you doing that move with two fingers that means "I've got my eyes on you".  You've been warned.

The main pull this issue is Firestorm.  Of course, he's not exactly the Firestorm we know and love.  Nope, he's a brutal asshole.  During the Month since he was revealed I thought a bit about having Firestorm in JL 3000.  The other members came out warped, but how will they deal with his two consciousnesses?  How will the Nuclear Man react without a real moral compass?  I'm glad to say that these questions (and a few more I didn't even ask) are answered.  Again, he is a brutal asshole, but in this book that's pretty much par for the course.  What he does is make things even more interesting and I liked ever panel he was in.

I also like how the original members (sans Hal who is still MIA) are evolving.  Either they are "remembering" more of their DNA's past or their situation is making them into heroes, but they are acting a little more like their old selves. This is most evident with Superman.  Maybe he is just letting Firestorm fill the asshole slot, but he is getting more likable.  Of course, he started at rock bottom so he has a ways to go before I'd consider him soft and cuddly, but he's taking baby steps.

Now that I've told you what I liked this month, let me tell you what didn't really tickle my fancy.  First was the story.  Like Superman's evolution, every month is baby steps as far as pushing the story forward.  I really want to get on with it because the little progression we get is really good.  Another thing I didn't like was the humor.  I was going to put that in quotes because while the book started out pretty funny, it is becoming really stale due to the repetitive jokes and situations.  Again, I started reading the book for the League and the mysteries surrounding it, not the "humor".  See, I put it in quotes that time.

To kind of prove my points, the issue ends with a cliffhanger that doesn't have me excited for next month and didn't make me laugh.  I will be reading and reviewing it next month.  Not because of the cliffhanger, but because despite what I've said, I still like this book.

One thing that has been consistant throughout the series has been Howard Porter's art.  Not this month.  We get guest artists, Raymund Bermudez and Wayne Faucher.  Besides Firestorm looking like a flaming Deadman, they do a really good job.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League 3000 #5 has Firestorm and he is great, brutal fun. However,  the story barely moves an inch, but I am still a fan.  Raymund Bermudez and Wayne Faucher fill in on art and do a really good job.  I just hope this book picks up the pace because I want to see what happens sooner not later.


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