Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Justice League of America #14 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art By: Tom Derenick, Eddy Barrows, Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

We All Get United In The End

Well it's the last issue of JLA, and it really doesn't feel like this team did anything in it's short run.  I don't know I just kind of feel cheated, because I grew up reading the JLA and this just wasn't the series I was hoping for when it was announced.  Hopefully we'll get what we deserve in Justice League United, and I can stop bitching.  So this is the aftermath of the Forever Evil, and I'm not going to explain what all went down.  If you're that interested check out my reviews on it because as you should know by now, I SPOIL the hell out of everything.  So sit back and enjoy the final issue of Justice League of America.

Explain It!:

This is the last issue to the series, and all we get is setup for Justice League United, which would of been cool, if we hadn't already had two issues of said title.  So this issue seems a little unnecessary, but we'll take a look anyway.

The issue is presented to us through dialogue between Steve Trevor and Stargirl during what appears to be her debriefing after the Forever Evil event.  All the Justice League teams are being blamed for the Crime Syndicate, but the JLA are taking the brunt of the accusations.  As you can imagine the American government shut down the team, and we get to see what the rest of the members are up to.

It seems that Catwoman has returned to a life of crime, Green Arrow tried to recruit Simon Baz, and Katana to form a new team, but ain't nobody got time for that.  Hawkman's missing, (but we all know from reading JLU that he's in space) and Vibe for some reason is completely missing after everyone was freed from the Firestorm matrix.  Which since his title has been cancelled, I have no idea where we're going to explore what happened to him and Element Woman, but I hope we get to see it and it's just not passed off in some innocuous dialogue.

Throughout the debriefing we see Martian Manhunter busting his way through A.R.G.U.S. looking for Stargirl, because he feels that she's in danger for some reason.  That or he's really impatient, and is tired of sitting in the A.R.G.U.S. waiting room.  You know what I mean when they have a TV in the waiting room, and have some nonsense playing, and no remote control around.  It's maddening, and I can totally understand Mr. Manhunter.  Eventually J'onn makes his way to where he believes Stargirl is being held, but instead he finds Amanda Waller.  So much for psychic power.  But in the end Waller tells him that Stargirl is actually in charge of finding out everything that Steve Trevor knows about what happened during Forever Evil.  Trevor tells her that Waller and him have been shit canned, but that the world still needs a team out there, and for her to think outside the box when putting one together.  So the interrogation is over, and Martian Manhunter and Stargirl fly off to find their futures.  All that smashy smashy, and I guess Manhunter just said "My bad" and flew off.  So yeah it's kind of a let down for a final issue.  It's more of a issue to catch your breath in between series.

Bits and Pieces:

There isn't much to say about this issue other than it was almost as pointless as the title itself.  All I can say is I hope everyone likes Justice League United, because this series just seemed like a way for it's heroes to get out of the way during Forever Evil, and a way to get Justice League United off the ground.  JLA was the title I looked forward to the most as a kid, and I guess I'm just a little hurt that it's over with a whimper.  But for all of you out there that care about things, I guess the book at least looked great for it's final issue.


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