REVIEW: Justice League #7

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Justice League #7 brings us ahead five years into the present day after finally ending the Darkseid situation.  I felt as if some parts dragged on previously in this series but was a great read overall.  Not to mention I was really getting tired of the red hues and shading.  Now that our foundation is built, where will the Justice League take us now?  Find out more after the jump!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #7
Writer: Geoff Johns
Guest Colorist: Art Lyon
Guest Artist: Gene Ha
Letterer: Patrick Brosseau
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover: $3.99

Previously, in Justice League:  The Justice League successfully deterred the Darkseid attack on earth and were declared a team and friends of the nation.  This marked the beginning of The Super Seven Justice League.

RAIN RAIN DON’T GO AWAY

Rain pours down in Baltimore as Colonel Trevor, the League’s liaison, eagerly awaits the arrival of the team.  Vicious spores are rapidly spawning as the Colonel attempts to evacuate the citizens, but they now view the Justice League as Gods and have no fear as they patiently await their arrival as well, meanwhile grilling the soldiers asking why they even exist as a bridge to the league when the League can “do it all.”  I really liked the art for the rainy city.  You know what? I think the art actually deserves a new paragraph.

It is obvious that a guest artist appeared in issue #7 and it’s not that I think the art alone stands out above other art, but that it successfully integrates into the series while still having its own personality.  The style stays true to the series but seems to be more subtle. Abs aren’t popping out at every angle which seems to be common among popular art in comics today.  (I have no room to talk because that style tops my charts as well.)  The lighting of the art plays an intricate part as well in this rainy Baltimore, and the artists do this masterfully.  From the Green Lantern’s constructs to Cyborg’s muzzle flash to the holograms to the Flash’s lightning to the flashes of lightning…  Okay, well, it really was done beautifully.  I promise I’m almost done, but I don’t think I’ve ever covered art this much before.  This issue is composed of three scenes and they each transition well and stand on their own.  My only complaint is when Batman exposes his teeth he looks like a rabid chipmunk who just had botox.

THE TRIFECTA

Action.  We don’t really learn more about our team during the action, but I’m not complaining, because the sequence is quite an enjoyable read and we get to see that not much has changed in their personalities in the past five years.  Batman is still Batman, Aquaman doesn’t need an umbrella, and Hal and Barry still have that Vinny/PaulyD relationship.  Yep, I just made a Jersey Shore reference.  Blame the wife.

Drama & Love.  We follow Colonel Trevor through the end of the comic and discover he can be very angry and learn that he has expressed his unrequited love for Wonder Woman.  I also pictured The Watchtower to be more serious, but it appears to be a college dorm with Batman the RA.  

BOTTOM LINE: ALMOST ONLY COUNTS IN…

Justice League #7 had a lot of good with a bit of great and Batman’s rodent face.  This issue needed the action sequence to keep it exciting, because there’s not much excitement at press conferences or in video chatting (No comment).  While the spore situation was an enjoyable read there wasn’t enough significance of the civilian’s attitudes towards A.R.G.U.S. (Colonel Trevor’s department) to justify filling that many pages. The second half also only reveals that Trevor is angry and in love.  Which leaves all the filler space poking us and saying, “Hey! The Justice League is still the same!”  I can say that I do plan on picking this series up for a very long time, but Justice League #7 just wasn’t quite epic but still earns 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: ★★★★☆