Justice League International reaches its final issue. But it isn’t the end apparently.
Justice League International #12
After witnessing the end of this title it is quite remarkable to think that DC told fans of the JLI that the reason the book was finishing was story driven. There is nothing in Dan Jurgens script to make it seem like a definitive end for the team. In fact this issue is just the denouement to the recent story arc.
The actual plot is nothing special as we see the brother of Lightweaver exact revenge upon the JLI as they pay their respects to their fallen comrade Red Rocket. It is amazingly bland and the very heavy handed moralistic end to this new villain is ridiculous. Jurgens uses the boy’s anger to highlight that the JLI are the good guys no matter what happens. After a stern talking to by Batman and a rousing speech from August General In Iron, the boy is a convert and everything is happy again. That is essentially the plot of this final issue. Which is a shame as there is nothing here for the actual team to do as the narrative focuses on Lightweaver’s brother.
It also heavily focuses on Batman whose thoughts we hear throughout the issue. The rest of the team doesn’t get much to do. Granted August General yet again gets the best material from Jurgens script, but the rest of it is familiar territory. Booster is undecided if there is a need for the JLI, people convince him there is and a team is formed. This has happened a lot during the course of this series. At the end of the day it is overtly contrived and doesn’t seem to come out of any character development. Not that there is much to offer here.
Aaron Lopresti finishes the title with another strong outing. He has a great sense of action, which is clear and frenetic. His character work picks up the slack of the script and gives the characters personality and he has been the one consistently good thing about this title since day one.
The title’s big end is as unimpressive as recent issues. The fact that the team get little time in their own final issue is such a shame, but at least Vixen and Ice where at least seen. But this is clearly not the end for the team as we will have to wait for a month to see what the future holds for them in a special JLI annual. However as the dust settles on the title it is hard to see if it will be missed at all. It’s a forgettable team book that had great potential but delivered mediocrity.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|The art and August General||Fake ending, boring and lacking the actual team|
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