Does a rookie Justice League stand a chance against the likes of Doomsday and Eclipso? Find out after the jump. . .
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #55
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Brett Booth
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Cover Artist: Brett booth and Andrew Dalhouse
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Previously in JLA: Last issue we saw Eclipso, back with his original host, start collecting a group of shadow powered people so he can take on the Emerald City, the one created by Alan Scott and the Starheart a few issues ago, of the moon. His team includes, The Shade, Shadow Thief, Nightshade and a few others that I don’t specifically recognize. Before that, or more likely at about the same time, the League had just dealt with the Omega Man and the bubble of Washington DC. During that fight the “evil” part of Supergirl came out and now Dark Supergirl is the one in charge and has asked Grayson for a favor after helping to free DC.
AN ECLIPSE OF DOOM
Jade and Jessie Quick (I think I prefer Liberty Bell better) are visiting the bed ridden Alan Scott, the former to help him, the latter seeking a father-figure, when he senses danger to his city – Eclipso’s attack. Meanwhile, Batman is following through on his promise to Supergirl, to destroy what is left of New Krypton so she can put it in her past, which really doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but whatever. Out there they meet Alpha-Lantern Boodikk, who is there to survey what’s left. After a mostly awkward introduction between her and Supergirl they are ambushed by Doomsday. While trying to deal with Doomsday, the heroes realize he is after the Lantern and not the girl with the S-shield on her chest, but don’t know why.
Meanwhile, on the Moon. Jade has Jessie get her father out of there, which Jessie apparently appreciates because while no one else can tell, she feels herself getting slower (I have no idea where that came from either). Bounce back and Batman calls in some help from Starman who, since the teleporter can’t get a straight lock on Boodikka for whatever reason, charges Doomsday. Doomsday smacks him away and suddenly he’s caught by . . . Saint Walker? The Blue Lantern? Um, why? Batman has the unconscious Alpha and Doomsday is charging, so the “Dark” Supergirl forces herself between the two to prevent Batman’s death and the teleporter catches the three heroes before Doomsday does.
Back to the moon, again. Donna is tangling with Eclipso’s forces. Did I mention Donna was on the moon? No? That’s because this hadn’t been mentioned until now anyhow. After a bit more back and forth, with not enough time to establish anything for either, we get two reveals, first that Jade has been possessed by Eclipso, that story will continue next month, and second that Boodikka was possessed by the Cyborg Superman which continues in Batman/Superman Annual.
Superman killing power houses and Cthuloid beasts galore adorn the pages and they all look rather good. In fact everything in here is solid and crisp. I do like the cool design for the Bat-Space Suit and even Jesse looks good. In fact all of my complaints for anything here are completely unrelated to the artist of the book and are problems I have with the current state of different characters.
BOTTOM LINE: PASS
Both stories are reasonably well written, unfortunately we flip back and forth between the two stories throughout. If both of these were pertinent to the overall plot of the book I would be happy with it, but the Doomsday plot feels so forced into what was going on that it is just off-putting. I am unsure as to why Jesse is losing her speed, or why she’s so closed down about it. Also, there is a point where Dick calls Kara his little sister. Did I miss something in one of the random Super or Bat books I don’t get, ’cause last I knew she was crushing on him and this seems a bit weird now. Anyhow, this book has me so conflicted that I’m not sure what to give it. When I enjoyed something, it really hit, but when I didn’t enjoy something I just didn’t know what to think. I guess this would be 2.5 out of 5 stars then.