Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Justice League United Annual #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Jeromy Cox
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 29, 2014

Time Definitely Is Not On Our Side

Leading up to this Annual we saw the Justice League United split off into two teams.  Supergirl, Green Arrow, Stargirl and Animal Man went back up into space to get to the bottom of the supposedly dead Hawkman's communication device that mysteriously went off.  Back on Earth Martian Manhunter, Equinox and Alanna Strange stayed to watch Ultra, but even though the child seems to be docile, I still think that the away team got the better deal because Mon-El From The Legion of Superheroes has come back in time and wants to......... Well he wants to kill children.  I don't care who you are, when you have to fight Mon-El you know you're having a bad day.  So let's check out this Annual and see what's going on with the Legion and maybe find out when they made killing children a priority and hopefully we'll find out what's going on in space with one of my favorite characters, Hawkman.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Alright, our story begins with Martian Manhunter, Equinox and a still teleporting back and forth Alanna and Adam Strange fighting off Mon-El and not really doing a real good job at it.  Luckily the fight is put on hold when the rest of the Legion show up and cool everyone off with a story from the future.  

See the reason that Mon-El came back all child murder happy against Ultra is that back in the 31st Century there's a big bad named Infinitus that's going around and causing a ruckus and after taking a sample of the monster's DNA they realized that there was already a sample on file and it matched Ultra from back in the 21 Century.  Well since Mon-El believed that his lady love Shadow Lass was killed by Infinitus, he time bubbled his ass back in time and decided to do something about it........ Even though it's technically a paradox situation that nobody seemed to bring up.  But don't worry Legion fans, Shadow Lass is only in a coma and is believed to make a full recovery.  Even with this information though, Brainiac-5 still thinks that they have to murder the child to save the future.

Out in space, our away team zeta-ed their way to a abandoned Thanagarian station to find out where Hawkman's body is and while they find it...... It's not exactly what they expected.  The team first encounter Byth, who they say was arrested by the Thanagarians somewhere in the last issues even though I have no memory of this and we see that Hawkman is alive and well, but he seems to be working with Byth now and believes our heroes are the ones who tried to kill him.  So a big battle happens, Green Arrow gets his "quivering" ass kicked by Hawkman..... Get it?  

The rest of the team fight the transforming Byth and his lackies and eventually Supergirl gets a hold of the intergalactic terrorist and then he starts preaching about seeing all the signs that led to this moment and that he has moved all the pieces where they're supposed to be.  Zealots man, what are you going to do with them?  Even though I usually don't trust the ramblings of people who claim to be preachers and prophets, it seems that Byth might actually know what he's talking about when a wormhole opens above them in space.  

In the end, it looks like the age of Infinitus is upon us because this wormhole reaches all the way to the 31 Century and Infintus makes his way to our time.  I guess it's a good thing that the Legion are already here.  Seriously though, doesn't this seem like more of a job for the regular Justice League or the Green Lantern Corps?  Don't get me wrong, I love all the Justice League United characters, but they seem to be a little out of their depth here when they're supposed to take out something that the entire Legion couldn't do a thousand years in the future?  Maybe it's just me.

That's it for this Annual and while I normally find Annual's tedious and not really worth the over sized format that they're given, I really liked this.  The art was on the entire issue, Lemire actually used the over size to tell a good back story for the Legion with them being there and the battles were excellent.  I could have to rethink my entire opinion on Annuals if they become more like this issue in the future.  Anyway we're moving on with the story at a good place because this cliffhanger is something I'll be thinking about until JLU # 6 comes out on the 12th.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

This Annual really took me on an excellent adventure and I finally feel like this whole Justice League United thing is going somewhere. *air guitar* I've felt that the majority of this series' run has been a little bit on the boring side, but this over sized book really grabbed me and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  Just a great looking book with a great story and I hope that this book continues to keep me in the awe that it put me in here.  Check it out because it looks like this is really going to be something epic in scope.


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