Sunday, July 13, 2014

Justice League United #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Mike McKone
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid Of A Bomb

Last time during the adventures of the Justice League United we saw our heroes agree to help the people of Rann by taking down the shape shifting Lord Byth and his plans to create a super species to take over the universe.  Well even with the inclusion of Supergirl to the new team, they were too late and the Ultra baby was hatched?  born?  Something and when it took a look at the fighting forces of Byth and The Justice League United it completely destroyed Byth's base with it's mind tantrum.  Back on Earth the upcoming hero to the team Miiyahbin was taken by the monster that has plagued her since at least the beginning of this series, The Whitago.  So hopefully as we dive into this issue we don't find our heroes all dead.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins happily as wee see our heroes were safely zeta beamed out of the destruction of Byth's base.  But the only sour note there is that Byth and the Ultra baby were zeta-ed as well.  So now we're back on Rann and the fight continues.  But the emergency Zeta somehow screwed up because the majority of the the JLU team was zeta-ed far away, while Byth, the Ultra Baby, Adam Strange and Hawkman are the only members to make it back to capital building of Rann.  I usually would have all the faith in the world that the Savage Hawkman could handle the situation on his own, but this damn Ultra baby cries out which gives Byth enough time to escape with the child.

The JLU members zeta-ed to the Rannian desert try to get back to the capitol, but it seems that zeta beaming the Ultra baby has screwed up the systems and we have a clever plot device to get Adam Strange's girlfriend out of danger and back to Earth.  The malfunction of the zeta beam keeps switching Adam Strange and Alanna back and forth with each other and to fix it the Rannians transport her back to Earth to fix the malfunction.  So I guess we don't have to worry about her safety anymore.  But there's shrapnel in the zeta beamer caused by the Ultra baby's tantrum and the core's becoming unstable.  The team splits up into two groups, one to stay and try to repair the zeta core and the other to go after Byth and his ultimate child weapon.

Supergirl, Martian Manhunter and Stargirl catch up with Byth and while Supergirl tangles with the shape shifting war criminal, Martian Manhunter telepathically comforts the Ultra baby that has already grown to toddler age and convinces it that they're it's friends and won't hurt it.  That's one problem solved, but back at the Rannian capitol Green Arrow, Animal Man, Adam Strange and Hawkman aren't having any luck in fixing the zeta core.

In the end seeing no other option Hawkman removes the core and flies it high above the capitol where it explodes.  Byth is rescued by Lobo and the two escape the Justice League United and in the final page we see Supergirl flying down with Hawkman's dead body.  This would be a shot to the gut to all Hawkman fans, but luckily we've already seen in Futures End that the Nth metal will resurrect him.  We need to start calling him the Immortal Hawkman.  That's it for this month's JLU makes sure you're back in August to get the lowdown on what this Canada based team will do with the Ultra toddler and if Byth and Lobo will make a return appearance.

Bits and Pieces:

While I'm not always convinced that this is the strongest story to introduce this team, I love that we actually have a team book with these characters.  I love team books and B list heroes and this book is way too good to pass up.  While I've tended to be a Negative Nancy about this story line, I really think that we're on the verge of this title spicing it up a notch. BAM!  Like I said I love every character in this series and it really doesn't matter what they do because I'd probably read it no matter what and still squeal like a school girl every issue.  It's really just about watching these characters feel each other out and learn to work together that drives the story for me, and I'd recommend this to any DC fans that want something a little different than what they're used to.  So go check it out and join me in a fanboy squeal.


1 comment:

  1. "Miiyahbin was taken by the monster that has plagued her since at least the beginning of this series, The Whitago." Just wanted to let you know, a "whitago" is just the Cree term for "Wendigo".