Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Justice League #71 Review

Move On, Nothing To See Here

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed, Sumit Kumar, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 25, 2022

The Royal Flush gang have upped their normal heists and as we saw in the previous issue, they plan on taking over the Fortress of Solitude... But to what end? That's what we'll find out in this issue as Brian Michael Bendis continues to use this title as a way to build up Checkmate and Naomi.... and his previous Superman/Action Comics villains while leaving the actual League looking like a bunch of nothings. Let's see if the explanations here make anything we've gotten look like they were worth the read. Also, we continue our JLD backup.

For our big reveal of what the Royal Flush Gang was up to we get... Well, they wanted a space rock and wanted to use the Fortress of Solitude to do it. How they really achieved this goal, gained access to the Fortress, or put any of the other stuff together.... that's all details we don't get and continuing where we left things in the previous issue, where all the dimensional doors in the Fortress of Solitude (whatever that is) were opened we have a few splash pages showing us all the threats and how the Justice League took care of it..... Really, just moving past what could have been the most interesting thing in this run so far. All of this is put aside to give Daemon Rose a job with Checkmate, who Black Canary thinks is Superman's nephew for some reason, and then simply thanking Oliver Queen for spending his money for the League and Checkmate..... That's what you get here and it's so utterly disappointing in how much nothing you get in the end.

As for our JLD backup, we get a narration heavy story from Khalid Nassour pretty much catching everyone up to speed with what's been going on in the backups and the Annual from months ago, while also giving us some insights on how he sees things that have been going down with each member of the JLD. There's not a ton of progression here, but I appreciated this time to make sure that we know all the wheels that are turning currently in this story.

All in all, I'm not a big fan of what Phil Hester brings to the main Justice League story, but Sumit Kumar's JLD art and everything about the way that that story looks is amazing, so really it's a mixed bag for me in how this book looks overall. As for the story elements..... Well, that's sadly the same but Phil Hester's art is definitely the bright spot of the Justice League bits of this book because that story is absolutely nothing. It's still only playing with Bendis' previous concepts that everyone else at DC Comics have moved past long ago, it makes the characters look like idiots overall and all the progression that you'd actually want to see in the book is glossed over to end up doing nothing and it's really disappointing. But hey, for all who wanted to know if the Daemon Rose would join Checkmate...... at least you got that.... blah.

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Bits and Pieces:

Well, at least we have the JLD backup for now and while the backup didn't give us much progression, the way that we dealt with what's going on in the story so far was done in a way that looked great and narrated interestingly. As for our main story..... there's really nothing there and there hasn't been anything for a long, long time. What should be DC's flagship book is losing all credibility with each issue.


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