Saturday, May 23, 2020

Justice League #44 Review

The Stuff of Myth

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

We're on to our next Justice League adventure after our heroes defeated The Eradicator and his Daxamite super soldiers and for this issue at least, it looks like we're diving into Wonder Woman territory.  Yeah, we still have some time until the big cliffhanger of Justice League #39 is explored further in Dark Nights: Death Metal, but until then, let's check out some of the weirdly placed adventures that our favorite superhero team finds themselves in.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For this story, we find our team in the South Pole, where it seems that a hole into Tartarus has opened and the worst of the worst mythological monsters are springing forth and looking to put a hurt on everyone...... especially Wonder Woman.  While this is a fun, action-packed issue, that shows great characterizations of our Justice League members, it does go by fast and this opening sequence to this story only seems to be a symptom of what's actually going on here.  

Yeah, it seems that the overall story is going to be about some force that is making people and apparently monsters act on grudges that have remained in the back of everyone's minds, that would normally never be acted upon, but now it seems that everything is coming to the surface and even our heroes will become affected by whatever is happening to the world.  Could it be the big reveal of a character in our cliffhanger that's responsible for what's going on or will our team with their current new mindsets be forced to act against this superpower, who may be affected as well?  We'll have to wait to see.

All in all, There's not a lot going on here until our final few pages that shows that something bigger is going on beyond a bunch of monsters escaping Tartarus and because of this the issue flies by as you read it because it's simply our Justice League team fighting these monsters back.  That's not to say that this issue isn't fun, but doesn't offer a lot to readers who are looking to know what the story is about until we get to the end....... and even that is still open to interpretation about whether or not what we're seeing is actually the main threat to our heroes.  The art is great though and I look forward to these small adventures that we're currently dealing with, I just would like a little more substance to each issue.

Bits and Pieces:

While there is a lot of fun in watching our heroes beat on some mythological monsters, not to mention an exciting cliffhanger that I can't wait to find out about in the next issue, there just isn't a lot of story going on here to let me know what we're currently dealing with because we spend the majority of it........ just fighting monsters.  The art is great though and I look forward to what comes next, I just wish that we got more out of this particular issue.


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