Thursday, April 23, 2009

Review: Justice League of America #32

Justice League of America #32

Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Penciller: Rags Morales
Inker: John Dell
Released: April 22, 2009

Chapter 4? Really?  Issue #31 -- an infuriating grab-bag of highs and lows --  seemed to kick off a post-Final Crisis mini-relaunch of the JLA, not serve as a continuation of issues #29 and #30. Those issues were a mess, but seemed to be a fairly contained pre-FC mess. Issue #32 really only feels like a second chapter following last months semi-mess stage-setting. Then again, all this mess is indicative of this current run of Justice League, wherein the B-listers take over and bring a little Detroit soul back to the flagship team book. Too bad Martian Manhunter and Aquaman are dead, they would feel right at home.

For reasons of sanity, forget what chapter this issue is supposed to be and just enjoy it for what it is. What is it exactly? A mess. Haven't you been paying attention. This issue at least does something entertaining and worthwhile with all the mess, bringing together a group of heroes who seem to sincerely want to hold the JLA together under the old-school banners of truth, justice, and service in protection of those who cannot protect themselves; whereas the splinter cell JLA that Hal Jordan seems intent on creating is shaping up to be a cowboy posse strike force. 

Black Canary also comes across much better here than last month, where I found her portrayal to be out of character. Here, while still choosing to acquiesce and give up her mantle, she is far more level-headed, eloquent and intelligent; we see actual signs of what would make her a great leader if DC editorial would get out of the way and allow that to ever happen. As has been mentioned before, too many cross-overs and event tie-ins have killed what could have been a great run of a Black Canary-led Justice League. Perhaps that is what will come out of this after all this mess is through. Green Lantern John Stewart and I certainly hope so. 

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