Another offering from DC’s New 52 (though its getting quite old); this time its Vibe. You know, Vibe, from the old Justice League Detroit comic, or from the currently running Justice League of America comic. Yeah, I don’t know why they brought him back either. It was probably to appease the great power that is Major Spoiler’s very own Matthew Peterson, seeing as how he and Geoff Johns are the only people with fond memories of him. Does Vibe hold up on his own? Find out after the jump!
Or – “The New Order Ariseth…”
The first six issues of Justice League brought me to a rather unpleasant realization: I really don’t LIKE these characters, certainly not all together in this fashion, and I still find myself disappointed at the anticlimactic end to the war with Darkseid. Will the addition of Green Arrow be the thing that turns the tide?
In the race to the relaunch, DC’s “Flashpoint” hits its half way point. With the trio of Flash, Batman, and Cyborg hunting for their hopeful Kryptonian savior, can this issue make it to the finish line without falling flat on its face?
Take the jump, and find out!
Or – “Why The Best Leaders Aren’t Always Obvious…”
I’m a firm believer that it’s never a good idea to try and fully apply real world thought processes to the adventures of our four-color imaginary friends. (Faithful Spoilerites who pay attention will note that I break virtually all of my rules anyway, on a shockingly regular basis.) Recent noise out of Marvel Comics seems to indicate that a coming storyline will deal with a split in ranks the X-Men, leading to two factions, one of which will be led by Wolverine. The ridiculousness of Wolverine leading anything brought me to an important and faintly shocking revelation: Super-hero team leadership is very seldom about actually being a leader.
Comic Twart had a Futurama theme going last week, and Andy Kuhn stepped up with a wonderful mash-up mixing Futurama with the JLA.
It’s the conclusion of a JLA/JSA cross-over, and everyone has turned up for a big fight. How nice.
Or – “Bwah Ha Ha HAAA!”
These days, it seems that the 80′s ‘Bwah Ha Ha’ Justice League is a pretty devalued commodity, what with the multiple deaths, several heel turns, at least one brutal rape, and a general undercurrent of unpleasantness. If these weren’t the actual stories taking place on a parallel Earth, one might even conclude that SOMEONE in power is embarrassed by these stories… Settle in and get ready to decide whether or not they should be!
Or – “How To Do The Unthinkable…”
Prometheus went from incredibly dangerous uber-villain to just another joke in a funny helmet (see also: Doctor Polaris, Sonar, the Shining and Silent Knights, Kang, Ultimate Captain America, and the current iteration of Iron Man’s armor) in record time without the guidance of creator Grant Morrison.Â If it does nothing else, this series will be remembered as the one which returned him to prominence and menace in the DC Universe…Â And yet, the greatest atrocities are yet to come, folks, and if you know me, you probably know where that thought process lies.
Or – “When There’s Trouble, You Know Who To Call…”
One of the unanswered questions of Brad Meltzer’s JLA run (and trust me, there were a LOT of unanswered questions raised by Brad Meltzer’s JLA run) was the origin and identity of the mysterious Doctor Impossible, sort of an evil duplicate of Mr. Miracle.Â Some said he was a minor thug who lucked out with Apokaliptian tech, others wondered if there was more to it.Â As for Matthew, I’m going on the record as saying “Earth-3 Crime Syndicate Doppelgangers.”Â Either way, looks like at least some of the questions aim to be answered in the near future, if only five years and four creative teams later…
Or – “Two Leagues, Slowly Moving Into Alignment…”
From it’s inception, the latest incarnation of the Justice League has been a troubled one, in both creative and practical terms.Â Initially designed to create an all-star JLA, it quickly became overbalanced, with 14 active members (one of whom, Geo-Force, was never seen to join the team and never seen to quit it, and still somehow ranks as an active member.)Â Worse still, the team was built around the axis of the Big 3 just as Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman came to a point where they could barely speak to each other, much less anchor the world’s greatest superteam.Â The fixes for this situation became more and more complicated, until the current JLA roster consisted of Vixen, Doctor Light, Firestorm, Plastic Man and Red Tornado, a very powerful League but one with little following.Â There are currently two active JL titles trying to bring it back into good graces, but is either of them really up to the task?
I’m curious what everyone thinks of the current Justice League of America, which has recently gone through yet another team change in issue #39.Â After all this Blackest Night business dies down, what’s next for the team?Â DC gave Major Spoilers a sneak peek with the penciled cover to Justice League of America #42 by Mark Bagley.