Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Justice League 2022 Annual #1 Review

The Trouble With Time

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Sanford Greene, Matt Herms, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 8, 2022

The Justice League Annual that was delayed is finally here and while we already have an issue of Justice League Vs. Legion of Super-Heroes out, this annual is a prelude to that story, while also masquerading as the return of Wonder Woman to the team..... so yeah, that just feels so out of place now for how long she's been back. So with delays aside, let's see if this Annual can bring us anything of merit or if it plays out like most of the Justice League stories over the past year. Let's check it out.

For this Annual we start in the future and look at Buddy Blank, the One Man Army Corps who finds Hawkgirl encased in a techno amber...... but that doesn't really do much for the story because beyond that as we saw in the Justice League Vs. Legion of Super-Heroes there's a temporal anomaly that takes people out of time and puts them in our present. This concept, while it does get our Justice League involved creates a disjointed story that just jumps around with different team members looking at different things that don't add up in the current continuity and eventually just leads to a convoluted story that knows its convoluted since the main person involved with what's going on continuously just says..... Oh, I can't tell you what's going on.

Like other Justice League stories, this Annual continues the dopey Bendis dialog and for some reason continues to make Black Canary look like an idiot while doing little else than mentioning the Gold Lantern towards the end while spending most of its extended page space to do nothing but say nonsense and continue to hype characters like Naomi. Ultimately, it doesn't seem like you need this to be a part of your Justice League Vs Legion of Super-Heroes story since it really doesn't do anything with that story besides for time displacement, which seems different than the one we get from that other story and also mentioning Gold Lantern, which you'll get enough of in the main story... So yeah, a bit of a miss for this Annual.

All in all, the art is okay for the most part but the quality seemed to decline as the issue went on, but I didn't mind it overall. The story though, like most Bendis stories anymore was a real disappointment, especially since Bendis only likes to play in his own sandbox and doesn't seem to understand or care what's going on in the rest of the DC Universe. There's a time travel story going on that just puts our Justice League at different standout locations that ultimately lead to nothing and the way that our heroes win the day is ultimately done off-panel and we were just told that it was really cool and we're supposed to move. This issue, while saying that it's a big return of Wonder Woman and a prelude to the Justice League Vs. Legion of Super-Heroes fails in both respects and like we've seen for a while now, just shows our heroes talking very strange to one another when they're not coming off as idiots. 

Bits and Pieces:

Wonder Woman returns to the Justice League this issue but that really doesn't mean much and neither does the aspect of this that is supposed to play as a prelude to the Justice League Vs. Legion of Super-Heroes..... since all we get is a Gold Lantern mention. The art is okay overall but the story was a waste of time that just shows how much Bendis needs to be off this book.


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