Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Justice League of America #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Aegeus Shmegeus 

Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Andy MacDonald, Hi-Fi, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 10, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Our team still can't trust each other it seems, but it comes off very forced and all we have to go on from the last issue is that The Atom went off to go face our villain Aegeus by himself, when all Batman sent him to do was shut down the power grid........... So yeah, Atom went and tried to play hero all by himself, it doesn't mean that Black Canary has to get all up in Batman's face about it.  Anyway, our heroes are pinned down by Aegeus' troops, while Lobo is out of commission thanks to one of our baddie's myth weapons, while Atom stares him down and hopes for the best.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our JLA can finally work as a team and if The Atom will live to shrink another day.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with our heroes fighting for their lives against Aegeus' troops, who just so you know are riding chimeras and the best shot our team has at survival is Lobo throwing enough trash talk Ray's way so that the young hero will do him a solid and cut his damn heart out so that it can grow back without the mythical poison that is killing him by shutting down his healing factor.  Things aren't exactly going smoothly though besides for Lobo's problems because during the fight we see Killer Frost disarm a trooper who was attacking a family........... and when I say disarm, I mean disarm.  Yeah, she didn't go about things the right way, but this little interaction at least let me in on the fact that Aegeus' troops aren't the people of Penn City like I previously believed........ Yeah, I still don't know who they are or where they came from, but I'm happy I got to learn something from this book.

During the fight, Aegeus is making The Atom an offer he can't refuse........ Well, at least one Aegeus doesn't think he'd refuse.  Either build more guns for him or watch his teammates die.  Yeah, that doesn't fly because Lobo and the Ray show up and try to shut the baddie down.  Too bad that the Ray had had enough already and shows even more backbone here when he clocks the villain in the face.  With that, all of the chimeras turn to salt for some reason and the battle is over.

In the end, Vixen tells the town folk that they have taken Aegeus, but that doesn't mean that their money will dry up because she's going to move one of her foundations into town and apparently, where one of her foundations shows up, people follow.  I'm guessing that means Penn City will be alright, but I'm not expecting much.  As our issue closes, we see that the original inventor of Aegeus' weapons is now working at the Sanctuary updating it because as we find out in this issue, he wasn't really bad, just trying to keep his village alive..... that we knew nothing about.  Lobo gives Ryan Choi a pep talk about dolphins and finally Black Canary talks to Killer Frost about her possibly relapsing, but as we find out from her, there maybe something out there that can cure her.

That's it for this issue of JLA and initially I thought that this issue wasn't going to be that bad because when it started the dialog seemed fine and I even had a good time with Lobo trying to convince Ray to cut his heart out, but as the story progressed, I realized that there wasn't much to this story at all and it all boiled down to a quick fight so that we could get our after school special about people helping people or desperate people do crazy things.......... something like that.  It's just a little too preachy for me, but I will say that I'm starting to like the characters who aren't Batman, Black Canary and Vixen more than I originally thought I would because they're all coming along all right when compared to those three I just mentioned.  The art in this issue was okay, but still not up to what we originally had in the Rebirth issue and I found some of the art to be rushed looking or just being easy to follow what was going on.  All in all, this is a better issue than I expected, but it's still not a great series.

Bits and Pieces:

While JLA continues to disappoint, I have to say that I found myself enjoying this issue more than most and I think its solely due to the lesser known characters starting to come into their own on this team.  Besides for that though, the story seemed rushed to get to its very special message about sacrifice and hardship and to set up future events.



  1. A decent JLA with Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Canary, 80's Outsiders, Vibe, Firestorm, Ryan Choi, Vixen and a different writer.

  2. For all the bitching about New 52 Lobo by Lobo fanboys, it doesn't really look like much had been improved with regular Lobo.

    1. I get the feeling that DC doesn't know what the hell to do with Lobo, which is sad, especially considering the tremendous potential the character has (and not in terms of comedy).

    2. I think it has more to do with Nostalgia. We thought we wanted the character back to form... But when we got him back, people are like 'uhm...y-yay?'