Darkseid captures Superman and Green Lantern grows a pair.
Justice League #5
Darkseid arrives on Earth and breaks Green Lantern’s arm, Superman is shot and captured, The Flash is chased by an Omega Beam, Green Lantern leads the charge against Darkseid and his parademons, and Batman reveals his secret identity, voluntarily gets caught, and is transported to Apokolips. Jim Lee draws all of it.
When you say it like that it sounds like a ton of fun. And that’s exactly what this book is out to be – fun.
Your not supposed to think about Darkseid literally walking away from the heroes without anyone following him, that Bruce went from having no respect for Green Lantern whatsoever to trusting him with his greatest secret in about a half hour’s time (if that), or that the parademons took Batman because he raised his hands and ignored the others, that Wonder Woman is about as quick as a brick and that I guess were done with Cyborg’s story, heck, half the league is barely present in this issue. You aren’t supposed to think about that kinda stuff and just have fun with it.
The problem is, I’m not having fun with it.
The intensity of the situation finally demanded less three stooges dialogue, heroes who actually act like heroes, the DC-fanboy in me always gets giddy at the thought of anyone traveling to Apokolips (especially a cape and cowl-less Batman), and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t just a little excited to see more Jim Lee designed post-New 52 fourth world concepts but I’m not sure it’s enough – especially with 51 other titles in DC’s universe, plus the rest of the industry, competing for my budget.
This book is buttered up in 13-year old superhero fun, and I commend DC for it. Their biggest most publicized book right now skews towards a younger audience instead of slaving itself to the used-to-be-wide-eyed-13-year-old-readers-turned-adults, a group I now find myself included in. It seems like 70-80% of the comic market is for us used-to-be’s, why not give the younger reader’s their dream book? Unfortunately for this review though, I am not 13. And although comics transports me back to my childhood all the time (I look over to my Calvin and Hobbes book and my beat up Marvel vs. DC trade) it’s not happening here. My dumb adult brain can’t get past a lot of it.
Speaking of my dumb adult brain; only 4 instances in the entire book where a DC Comics ad didn’t take up 1/2 of the whole spread and the back up is still as useless as Wonder Woman is to the league (seriously, why is she even on the team?) This is probably DC’s best selling advertising book.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Heroes actually acting like heroes, less cringe worthy dialogue||Same ol thing but with different inkers for Jim Lee’s art which sticks out pretty bad.|
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