Daily Archives: October 14, 2008

Flagging Flagship

Justice League of America #25
“The Second Coming, Chapter Four: The Best Lack All Conviction”
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Pencils: Ed Benes, Doug Mahnke, Darick Robertson, Shane Davis, Ian Churchill & Ivan Reis
Inks: Ed Benes, Christian Alamy, Darick Robertson, Rob Stull, Ian Churchill & Joe Prado
Colors: Pete Pantazis
Letters: Rob Leigh
Cover artist: Ed Benes
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US/CAN

I want to like this title. I liked it when it debuted with writer Brad Meltzer at the helm. There were flaws in the storytelling, yes, but it harkened back to the colorful, epic super-hero stories of the Justice League of America series of the 1970s, as it was intended to do. When Dwayne McDuffie signed on to replace Meltzer, I was pleased, given the strength of his contributions to the Justice League Unlimited animated TV series. But the series has really lost any real sense of direction. Plotlines play tug-of-war with the reader’s attention, and Ed Benes’s muddied artwork is further hampered by the use of multiple art teams on this issue. JLA should be a big, flashy, fun super-hero romp. Lately, it’s been confusing and conflicted.

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