Justice League of America #30 Review


Creative Team
Writer: Dwayne McDuffie
Pencils: Jose Luis
Inks: J. P. Mayer

Story Rating: 6 Night Girls out of 10
Art Rating: 7 Night Girls out of 10
Overall Rating: 6.5 Night Girls out of 10

The Justice League should not be boring but this issue is. This one is the battle between the Justice League, the Shadow Cabinet, and the Shadow Thief.

Unfortunately, this one shows too many panels of the characters standing around and talking. The art by Luis and Mayer is very well done. The problem with it is too many static poses. It does not look like there is any movement by the characters. Maybe with a different story, this art team could have done better. It makes me long for the days of the one and two part JLA stories. This story might of been improved by condensing it.

The plotline that needs to be resolved is the forced romance between Hawkgirl and Red Arrow. Back when Black Canary and Green Arrow became involved, it seemed like a natural progression of their characters. This seems to be forced. I would suggest that it end. It is time to have the writer read the old books to see how it should be handled.

Next issue showcases the repercussions of the Final Crisis.

Only recommended for die hard fans of the JLA or the Shadow Cabinet.

2 Comments

  1. This series has really fallen off the train after Meltzer left. I recently read Meltzer’s run as a trade and was just floored with how good it was. The dialogue, character development, and action were just great. This current run of JLA is just a shadow of what is used to be, just like the Shadow Cabinet turned out to be nothing more than a shadow of the JLA.

  2. I agree, this incarnation has been pretty much lost since they were brought back together.

    Icon’s conversation with Superman pretty much sums up the general problem. We start with the “Trinity” and then they pass leadership over to Black Canary, although the “Trinity” still have their little meetings where they debate whether or not they should step in.

    I shudder to think what will happen at this point, though. We have Superman ready to ditch Earth and join New Krypton. We have Batman gone (DIDIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!). And that leaves Wonder Woman, who is busy playing “The Courtship of Hippolyta’s Daughter” when she isn’t getting her butt kicked by Genocide. Not good.

    Why do I fear we will see the return of Justice League Detroit? Or worse yet, “Justice League 52” with Ambush Bug?

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