Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Justice League #11 Review

Game Over

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Neil Edwards, Daniel Henriques, Adriano Lucas and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 21, 2016

Okay, I have not been a fan of Bryan Hitch's Justice League, but I am here to tell you that I go into every issue with an open mind and heart.  I want to love this book so much, but like my Parents, it keeps ignoring my love and making my life a living hell.  Please, Justice me.  LOVE ME!!!!  Okay, now that I've worked out a few problems, let me tell you that this issue is the finale to the "Outbreak" story and unless Hitch gives us a kick ass two minute drill, this one is going in the loss column.  Was it any good?  Let's find out...

The issue opens where we left off...the Justice League is being attacked by a colorful bunch of villains.  They may not be the world's worst, but at least they are a bunch of fun.  Each of the Justice League is going toe-to-toe with a villain or two...and then things start going a bit wonky.

Batman is with the Palmers and they are being infected by Scarecrow's fear gas.  That is, until James knocks Crane out.  BUT...why does knocking Scarecrow make the gas disappear and not affect anyone anymore?  Who Knows!

The villains continue fighting our heroes when Gizmo gets a look at the ipad running the Genie program.  Somehow he figures out that it is an AI that can hack into anything and Psimon changes the they will take Genie and rule the world.

Okay, at this point I was just about yelling, what the fuck is going on???  Genie was supposed to be a program that granted wishes and talked to you and while that included being a program that can hack into anything, it now was just that.  Didn't it start this whole fight by contacting the villains?  Why in god's name didn't someone just shut off the ipad by now?  Why do i still care?

We then get the bad guys going down for the count which included Batman shooting fear gas out of a knocked out Scarecrow's fingers and Lily using Genie to hack Amazo's programmable cells to turn him into an ally.  The Amazo bit would have been a bit cooler if Hitch had made the big bad feel like any sort of threat.  In fact, this whole fight could have been great...if it had any sort of proper setup.  As it stood, it was just a big joke.  

While all this is going on, Jessica Cruz makes her return just in time for the Justice League vs Suicide Squad event and Superman is dealing with Phantom Zone issues...possibly caused by Genie.  WHY DIDN'T THEY JUST SHUT THE IPAD OFF????  Well, at this point it is being used to fight the villains so I guess it's okay, right?  Genie is such a flip-flopper!

The issue ends with the Justice League stopping the bad guys and Batman lets everyone know he makes decisions for Bruce Wayne...James will have a job at Wayne Tech, Lilly will get to go to college and Billy...who cares about Billy?  Not Batman who just ignores the little boy!!!  Classic!!!

I don't know what to say to express my anger at this issue and the whole entire Justice League Rebirth run.  It sucks!  It makes me want to punch someone in the face.  I may just punch myself in the face and get it over with.  Maybe with a concussion I'll be so out of it that I think this book is good.  I doubt it, but there is always hope.  If Bryan Hitch reads us all a favor and step away from this book.  End the madness!

I did like the art by Neil Edwards, but that can't make this book readable.  You could just look at the pretty pictures and pretend it all makes sense and is worth the $2.99.

Bits and Pieces:

Another Justice League story ends with a vague victory that came about in ways I didn't quite understand.  The Genie A.I. went from wish giver to villain to hacker hero and back and forth throughout.  The art was nice, but this story and book are a complete mess and is one of the biggest embarrassments of Rebirth.  It's worse than bad and that's a shame for a book that should be the flagship of the whole line.



  1. At this point im only looking at the reviews to see if the bookseven readable and agian looks like its not, the biggest problem with this book sucking for me now is that its crossing over with a book i really am enjoyimg suicide squad

    1. but a different writer writing thta tie in for jl so it might be good

    2. Yea, it may be better for one issue...a Maxwell Lord origin story