The JLI finally finishes off the bad guys.
Justice League International #11
It is quite hard to be excited by Justice League International as what is presented here is a forgettable conclusion to last months cliffhanger. The fact the series ends next month isn’t addressed as it seems like it is business as usual as far as Dan Jurgens is concerned.
Before we get to the script it must be noted that Aaron Lopresti has been doing some great work on this title. It still manages to have that vibrant superhero sheen that it has had since day one. His character work is great as he really knows how these characters express themselves. He can do the money shots as well as the character moments and when it comes to the action choreography he just delivers classic super-heroics. His work on this issue is of the same high standard and he is a constant positive for the title.
However Jurgens script just doesn’t go anywhere interesting. This book is devoid of originality, which has the knock-on effect of loosing reader interest very quickly. The limited characterisation presented seems to be there as an after thought rather than a working part of the whole. In fact this issue’s focus on Guy Gardner brings some insights into a man who doesn’t seem to mind villains being killed. His reaction to Lightweaver being killed by a tank is literally “stuff happens.” It is hard to believe that a so called heroic member of the Green Lantern Corps is so indifferent to the use of lethal force.
As for the rest of the book O.M.A.C is used to get out of jail, but only when he gets angry. This is lazy writing as O.M.A.C yet again comes across as a poor man’s Hulk. The villains continue to be utterly uninteresting and the ending cliffhanger has no impact due to this. The only real point of interest is yet again August General In Iron, but the within problems the title are too much for even him to save.
This is a title that is going through the motions until the final issue next month. Lopresti might present a good looking book, but it is hollow as it would seem that Jurgens no longer has anything interesting to say with these character. It is a shame then that we head into the title’s finale with a sense of apathy rather than excitement.
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