Monday, September 13, 2021

Justice League #67 Review

United Bore-der

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Hi-Fi, Josh Reed, Sumit Kumar, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 14, 2021

The battle of Synmar Utopica and our Justice League continues this story but for how long it's taking and for how well we've seen our heroes do so far...... I'm not sure that they're up to the task of taking down this alien threat. Thankfully though, they won't have to do it alone since previously we saw Batman bring in some former Justice League members to lend a hand, and also by the end of the last issue, we saw the United Planets' Elite Guard, The United Order show up to hopefully save the day. Let's jump into this issue and see if all of these forces can stop the Superman of Synmar. Let's check it out.

In this issue we see the heroes continue to get the crap kicked out of them and as the story progresses we have individual members of the United Order take their shot at the alien invader, which leads to a weird story device where they tell Synmar Utopica and also us who they are and what makes them special..... on top of having a small descriptor below them. It's such a weird way to tell a story, especially when Bendis just calls one a Mega-Daxamite and never explains a thing about it but the characters that we get a closer look at this issue are Hawkslayer of Thanagar, Prince Zerep of Tamaran, Dominator QQ of the Dominion, and Devinea, the Mega-Daxamite of Daxam. I think she was a blue woman, Bendis said Daxamite and then later realized that didn't make sense so now we have the "Mega" added to try and make some sort of sense but who knows and it really doesn't matter overall since the way we end this issue is with the Phantom Zone projector and like we've seen over and over again, Superman has a problem with it and ultimately, besides for the United Order wanting to take claim of the weapon, this feels like nothing was really accomplished and the emotional and morality sides of the story feel like just a rerun of things that have come before...... Also in this story we learn the Daemon Rose's real name..... 

As for the Justice League Dark backup, this section is at least more interesting than the Justice League main story but that's not really saying much since most things coming out right now would be, but the Justice League Dark story really doesn't do anything but hype up magic's connection to Atlantis and show a lot of people standing/floating around and talking even though there could be a really cool battle to witness and even by the end when we have a confrontation begin to go down, the story is over and we have to wait for the next issue.  

All in all, the art in the main Justice League book continues to disappoint me as I'm not a fan of Phil Hester's.... and if the way for me to enjoy what Phil Hester is putting down is by making the story so engaging that I don't really think about how the book looks and Bendis is definitely not doing that as he continues to feel like he's simply mailing it in and not doing anything to make the Justice League feel like the big important book that it should feel like and only uses the title to elevate his own characters while making everyone else that fans care about look like chumps. As for the Justice League Dark section..... Well, that continues to be the reason to pick this book up as it looks great and even though this issue is doing much overall, it's still more exciting and interesting than the main story........ Which is just ridiculous.

Bits and Pieces:

Now that the Symar Utopica story seems to be over I just assume that the next story will be overhyping the United Order while continuing to make our heroes look awful because that's all this seemed to be because it looks like Bendis is only interested in putting his own characters over while barely telling a story to do it and the Justice League as a whole is just suffering, while the only real reason to pick this book up is a backup of the Justice League Dark that barely has enough space and time to do anything.


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