A seemingly all-powerful David Graves takes on the League in Justice League #10.
Justice League #10
Three years ago, dying writer David Graves discovered a temple between the land of the living and the dead. There he was seemingly bonded with the souls of his dead wife and children, giving him fantastic powers. Today, Graves has used that power to torture JLA Government Liaison Steve Trevor into giving him the access codes to the Watchtower satellite. Once aboard, Graves systematically takes down the entire team, seemingly draining their life force, turning them into withered husks and proclaiming it all revenge for the League killing his family.
Right off the bat, I have to say I enjoyed this issue much more than last month’s. I’ve come to the realization that this will most likely be a better story, overall, when read a second time, as we still have not gotten any real motivation out of Graves yet, and as such, his story is pretty tiresome. Although we do get some hints, what with his revelation that that League “killed his family.” Honestly, I’m sure it was probably more like either A) they weren’t there to save his family or B) his own association with the League made Graves’ family a choice target for a hostage situation gone wrong.
But I must confess, I’m still hoping his motivation is WAY more interesting and original than all that, as that’s a story I’ve seen done many times before. And as it stands right now, I’m just not sure why I should give a damn about this guy, and what makes him so special.
Finally we get a chance to see the League together, as a team, interacting when one another. Character interation is one of Johns’ strongest writing traits, and I can’t believe it’s taken this long for us to get down to the League just talking to each other.
These are not the Superfriends, to be sure. It seems that even after 5 years working together, the team doesn’t know each other’s secrets. Although there seems to be a slight continuity gaff between this issue and Action Comics #10. In both issues, it’s revealed to the team that Superman’s secret identity is a reporter, and the team is surprised both times. Also, Green Lantern’s accusation that Superman never talks or interacts seems counter to Superman asking the League to help him fix the whole world in his own title. Which is it? Is Superman the team’s outsider or conscience?
Either way, best part of the issue was when Cyborg was laying out everything Graves knew about the team members, including that Batman doesn’t trust anyone. To which Superman responds “Then he doesn’t know everything. Batman trusts me.” Beautiful. Exactly what I want to see from a JLA comic.
More of that, please.
But on the opposite side of the discussion, I’m still annoyed by how unlikable Green Lantern is. The reveal that he hits on Barry Allen’s girlfriends takes him over the line from funny womanizer to flat-out douchebag. I’m serious, why would anyone find that an interesting or endearing trait? I get that the team members aren’t exactly supposed to like each other at this point in their careers, but WE are still supposed to like them, right?
The Shazam feature, again, mainly focuses on the domestic doings of Billy Batson’s new family. The inclusion of both Freddy Freeman and Tawny the tiger helps make this feel more like a Shazam origin story. Black Adam’s escape on the last page promises some kind of action next issue, although I have to ask, is every member of the Shazam Family going to be wearing hoodies from now on?
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Glad to see the character finally interacting as people but…||Do they have to be so unlikeable?|
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