by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Justice League of America
Written by Mark Kindt, Art by Scott Clark
Published: May 2013
Leave it to DC all-star Geoff Johns to take a team of second stringers and make them more interesting and compelling than the actual Justice League. Justice League of America contains some big names like Martian Manhunter, Catwoman, and Hawkman, but then there’s also Stargirl and Vibe. The team that’s been put together is an effective one, but whether or not they could stop the Justice League – which, unknown to them, is the purpose of the team – seems very likely, at least at this stage.
In this issue, the Justice League of America gets an official endorsement from the President of the United States that stems from a scene very reminiscent of the opening scene in X2: X-Men United. Martian Manhunter bypasses all of the White House’s defenses to show that he could easily kill the President, leaving him with no other option but to back the team. It’s dirty pool, but that’s what makes this book and these characters so compelling. They do have the country’s best interest in mind, but they will cut corners to get there.
Then there’s the Secret Society, the current antagonists of the book. The one member whom we’ve seen looks like a cross between the Joker, the Riddler, and Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred Pennyworth. Whatever his visual inspirations, the effect works and he’s very intimidating, managing to the be the scarier character when side-by-side with the Scarecrow. Johns is definitely doing a good job in drumming up interest in the Secret Society.
So we’ve got two teams, one full of heroes and the other villains, both incredibly shady. It’s definitely a solid foundation and there’s a lot of potential with this mix of characters. I have the utmost faith in Johns to take this book somewhere worthwhile.