Thursday, May 8, 2014

Justice League 3000 #6 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 7, 2014

A Long Story

Jerk off Superman sums everything up on the first page when he says, "Somewhere along the line...this stopped being fun."  Yea, I kind of agree, jerk off Superman.  I really enjoyed the first couple issues of JL 3000, but the mystery of the how and why of this Justice League has run thin.  Here we are with issue #6 and we're not that much further along than when we started.  It's not that I'm against a slow burn story, but what little info we have gleamed hasn't really  been that interesting.  Does this issue help that out?

The League is about to throw down with Three of The Five when Coeval teleports them to their Home planet of Idyll.  Unlike Kali, Locus and Convert, Coeval wants to study the League, not rip them to shreds.  He takes each member to a virtual world where they can discuss the nature of their existence and offer them an opportunity.  The science behind all this is defiantly weird (shameless plug) and only Firestorm seems particularly interested.

Meanwhile, tiny Hal (or Hally) is dead.  So Locus is trying to make his body into jewelry, but isn't having much success. So Coeval teleports her and Hal's dead body to Idyll for more research.  When they get there, Locus throws the tiny Lantern into Ariel Master's cell, calls her a bitch and storms off.  Guess what? Hal is alive.  He was pretending to be dead. OK?!?!

This is where I almost punched the book.  I'm sorry, but I do things like that.  Ariel Masters is the girl behind the whole JL program.  She knows everything.  She has the answers.  However, when Hal asks her questions that I've wanted to know for 5 issues, she basically blows him off and says, "It's a long story". You've got to be kidding me.

The only thing we learn is that Hal's Lantern Power is eating at him like a cancer.  The more it's used, the more it spreads.  Isn't it ironic...don't you think?  The issue ends with Hal breaking the rest of the League out of their cells.

This book is just frustrating.  I want to like it, I really do.  The idea is fun, but somewhere from idea stage to written book, something has gone wrong.  The fun is sucked out and we're left with unlikable characters, uninteresting villains and a story that confuses vague with intriguing.

I do like Howard Porter's art.  It really fits the book's setting and combined with Hi-Fi's colors is the highlight of the issue and series.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League 3000 #6 doesn't do anything to make me like this series anymore.  Worse yet, it is a frustrating read that poses more questions than it usual.  While I really have enjoyed Howard Porter's art, this book is in danger of being dropped from my reading pile.


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