Thursday, November 13, 2014

Justice League United #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

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Welcome back to Weird Science and this month's Justice League United.  Last time we stepped into the world of the JLU, we saw the team fighting a battle on two separate fronts.  Green Arrow, Animal Man, Supergirl and Stargirl were out in space fighting the forces of Byth and their friend they believed was dead, Hawkman.  It seems that Byth has somehow convinced Hawkman after his resurrection that the Justice League United were the ones that killed him and I guess coming back from the dead could cause some sort of confusion.... So I'm going to give Hawkman a pass here.  Back on Earth, after fighting the Legion of Superheroes, Martian Manhunter, Alanna Strange and Equinox must team up with them to stave off Byth's marauders that have been sent to capture Ultra.  It's a big over lapping story about how the Legion came back in time to stop an enemy named Infinitus, who happens to be Ultra and Byth is opening a gateway to the future to bring Infinitus here.  Timey Wimey Paradoxy stuff that no one seems to care about, but what the hell we'll go with it.  So let's see how our teams deal with the oncoming storm of Infinitus and his herald Byth.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins and continues for a long while simply being a fight between the JLU's "Team Blonde" and Byth out in space and Martian Manhunter, Alanna/Adam Strange, and the Legion fighting "The Cadre", who are hired mercenaries that Byth has sent to capture Ultra.  The real funny part here is when Alanna Strange is fighting one of "The Cadre" and she's saved by Adam teleporting into her place and simply falling, causing the mercenary to slam into a tree.  It's funny because Mon-El remarks, "Why the hell does that keep happening?" and I'm left sharing his sentiment.  At this point we've been dealing with the two Strange's bouncing back and forth for awhile and I have no idea why this is even a thing.  I got the idea that Lemire wanted to separate Alanna from Adam and that was fine, but then this started happening and hasn't stopped for awhile now and I'm just left wondering, why?

Eventually one of "The Cadre" makes it into the JLU bunker and this member happens to be the teleporter of the group, so he grabs Ultra and Equinox and teleports them to Byth and then teleports Supergirl who's beating the holy hell out of Byth, back to Earth.  There's a lot of back and forth going on in this series so far.  Eventually I think we'll get the team all in one place and they'll stay there, but if I had to go by what the series has given us so far........ Well that would just be too bold of a statement for me to make.  Now if you read last month's Annual, you'll know that at the end of that issue Byth opened a portal to the future and it looked like Infinitus was making his way to the present, but here it seems like there's just a pink spot in space and Byth actually needs Ultra to see his plan come to fruition.

In the end, Ultra seems mesmerized by the pink portal in space and either energy comes out of it to him or he puts energy into it, whatever's going on here, it makes energy demons come out of the portal and now "Team Blonde" has more to worry about.  Martian Manhunter tries to get the Rannians to zeta the Legion and him to Byth, but since there's a big pink dot in space it doesn't appear that they can.  We leave the issue with Brainiac 5 telling Manhunter not to worry because he's already deployed a team of Legionnaires to the spot.  It seems like it's time to get The Legion Lost back into action in the New 52.  Holy shit are there a lot of characters in this book.  I thought about the sheer amount of characters before when they brought the regular Legion in and now we have the Legion Lost.  Props to Neil Edwards...... At this point I think Lemire just might be fucking with him.

That's it for this issue of Justice League United and I'm a little let down.  I was getting all hyped up from issue #5 and the Annual, but there really isn't much going on here.  Just a bunch of teleporting back and forth and a shit ton of fighting.......... Don't get me wrong though, I love me some fighting superhero style, but when it's the entire issue, it gets a little old.  Make sure you're back here next month when we continue the Infinitus story arc and maybe get some story to go with that arc.  

Bits and Pieces:

Neil Edwards just art rocked this book.  Every character just looked great and if there were any real background to this story I'm sure he would of rocked that too.  The story on the other hand kind of let me down.  We were given really good issues leading up to what I thought was going to be our heroes darkest hour, but what we got was yet another lead up with nothing to show for it other than an extended fight scene.  I still love this book and all it's many bad ass characters, but this month's issue wasn't really something that needs to be read.


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