Sunday, June 8, 2014

Justice League 3000 #7 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 4, 2014

Wonder Twin Powers Deactivate

When Justice League 3000 started I was all in.  I really enjoyed the futuristic setting and mystery of who and what this Justice League was.  While I don't like writers to hand hold the reader,  DeMatteis and Giffen seem to be having fun keeping info from us.  Issue after issue promises revelations only to be give us "it's a long story" or "it's not the right time".  Well, the time is running out.  Luckily, this issue opens up the book more than any other before it.  It's still not the book I hoped it would be, but at least it's back on that path.

We jump in this month right where we left off.  Tiny Hal Jordan has broken the League out of captivity and they are on the run with their "Mother", Ariel Masters.  We get the standard bickering...Superman is a jerk, Flash remembers being ripped apart at a molecular level, Firestorm only cares about himself, etc.  However, Wonder Woman is starting to feel compassion which obviously isn't supposed to happen.

At this point I was sure we were getting another word heavy issue where nothing changes.  Then the group contacts the Wonder Twins.  To say that the shit hits the fan is an understatement.  More happens to push this story forward in a couple pages than has gone on in four months.  There are two jaw dropping moments that rival anything since The Flash was killed early in the series.  The true villain has been revealed.  The book ends with another big moment that shows once again that the Five mean business.

This is what I've been waiting for.  The veil has been lifted a little more and what we get is a total surprise.  Not only that, but it's interesting and crazy.  The League may not be the heroes we know, but they're going to have to be something more to get out of this.  I am looking forward to next issue especially since it looks like a DC villain is entering the fray.

One thing I have liked throughout the series is Howard Porter's art.  His characters and awesome sci-fi settings are so good and make the book come alive.  I also have to give kudos to Hi-Fi for his colors and Taylor Esposito on letters.  Even when I was down on the book, you guys made it a joy to look at.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League 3000 #7 delivers on the early promise of the book.  Everything comes together and DeMatteis and company are finally firing on all cylinders.  I am excited for next issue and that's something I haven't been able to say in a long while.  I hope this is the start of good times to come.


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