Thursday, October 2, 2014

Justice League 3000 #10 Review

Written by: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

The King and Us

Justice League 3000 has no right being among my favorite books.  It's an odd title that lies outside the New 52 (in more ways than one), has a crazy premise and a team I'm still not sure we're supposed to like.  However, it also has a sense of humor, great art and an awesome sense of "what the hell is going to happen next".  This issue proves each of those points and had me grinning the whole time.  It also ended what may be the longest opening arc I've read in a long time.  The Justice League and The Five finally go toe-to-toe, but was it worth the wait?  Let's find out.

We haven't seen the gang in a while courtesy of DC and their need for September Events, but it only takes a panel or two to get back in the swing of things.  The Justice League and Ariel Masters high tailed it off of Cadmusworld and ended up on maybe my favorite planet of all-time, Camelot Nine.  It's exactly what you'd think it is which means it's awesome.  Unfortunately, King Arthur (again, awesome) is not happy that his visitors are going to bring the wrath of The Five down on him and his kingdom.  Luckily for everyone, Ariel has a plan.  Of course, when your going up against gods, you better have a damn good plan, a lot of luck and some inspiration. The Justice League has all three.

I don't want to spoil the plan because it involves a great guest star that put a huge smile on my face.  I will tell you that the rest of the issue is a long fight scene that is so long overdue that it can't help but feel underwhelming.  Each member of the Justice League gets their chance to shine with the standout being mini Hal Jordan.  Is it too much to ask that they keep Hal just the way he is?  I don't think so.

The book ends with one of the biggest teases in recent memory and the team basking in the glow of a well deserved victory.  However, the promise of what's coming next month already has me pumped to see what happens next.  Giffen and DeMatteis took their time with this opening story, but in the end, I'm glad they did.  We got to be there as the League went from a bunch of jerks only concerned for themselves to an actual team that almost is the Justice League we know and love.  The fun will be to see them evolve into something possibly even better.

What can't get much better is Howard Porter's art.  He gives such a unique, space age look to this book and it fits so well.  Everything from the architecture to the aliens to the Justice League themselves looks so good.

Bits and Pieces:

The Justice League finally faces The Five and I couldn't ask for too much more.  A great setting, awesome guest stars and a team building battle make this a great issue and the springboard for more great adventures.  I can't wait to see where they take us next.


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