Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Justice League of America #14 Review


Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Ivan Reis, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 13, 2017

I have been looking forward to seeing Ray Palmer ever since we saw him in the DC Universe Rebirth Special...then again in the Atom Rebirth and now in the Justice League of America.  Okay, we haven't seen him yet, but I can't wait to.  So, is this the issue we do?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Vixen looking into the Might Beyond the Mirror and it's the usual case of Propp Morphology...well. that's usual for a Steve Orlando book.  We then move on to what we all want to see...the action in the Microverse.

It's actual pandemonium and after a couple of forced lines from Lobo, we get to see the shrunken down Ryan Choi on his way to talk to Moz-Ga.  We get moments of tension concerning Ryan's Bio Belt (why didn't he grab Preon's last issue?!?) while on the surface, Batman and the League get attacked by the Null Army.  You know, the guys that attacked the team when they first entered the Microverse.  The big bads are planning on destroying Moz-Ga so he doesn't grant any miracles...even though he hasn't in a thousand years.

While this goes on, Ryan pleads with Moz-Ga and "amazingly", he responds.  It seems he became a shut in after all the bad stuff going on in the Microverse and is only responding now because of Ryan's wisdom and respectful attitude.  It seems like Steve Orlando is venting a bit about the kids nowadays with their face times and social media accounts and it's actually kind of cute.  All is not great, however, because Moz-Ga can't just wish the Microverse to be okay, but he can at least lead Ryan to Ray.

Back on the surface, the fight continues and Frost makes a really good case to get the Killer back in her name.  That's when Ryan shows up in a Bio Ship, Batman yells out "Action Code: Blackout" and the Null are taken care of.

The ship (which is kind of Moz-Ga's liver...don't ask) takes the team to Ray Palmer and while it's awesome to see him, it looks like Ryan messed up big time...even though he had no way of knowing that.

While this issue is full of more forced terms, bad dialogue and forced resolutions, I somehow enjoyed it more than I can explain.  Maybe it's because we finally get Ryan gaining some confidence or that we get Ray Palmer back, but I didn't hate this issue.  It's far from perfect, but it's not the worst of this series.

I did like Ivan Reis' art better than last issue, but it still isn't to the level that I expect from him.  Maybe it's because I expect so much from him any time he is on an issue, but I feel that he can still do better.

Bits and Pieces:

We finally get the moment we've been waiting for and even though the path to it was convoluted and silly, I liked this issue.  It can still get a lot better, but I'll just be glad I didn't hate it for now.


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