Friday, July 26, 2013

Guest Reviews: @DCComics Justice League #17, Justice League of America #1, Supergirl #17

Justice League #17 CoverJustice League of America #1 CoverSupergirl #17 Cover

Here are today's "Guest Reviews" by John McCubbin from Imagination Centre and Anj from Supergirl Comic Box Commentary. Included are DC's; Justice League #17, Justice League of America #1, & Supergirl #17. I have also added my rating after each review. If you have any questions about my rating or want to discuss anything just leave me a comment.


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.



Justice League #17 - Throne of Atlantis, Chapter Five


The epic, full-length conclusion to “THRONE OF ATLANTIS” hits as Aquaman and the League make a sinister discovery that changes both the outcome of the war and the future of the Justice League!


What is THE GRID—and what does it mean to expanding the Justice League?


Preview



Who Will Be King?


I have been thoroughly enjoying this series, and with the new Justice League of America starting this week hopefully we'll have double the fun. This story-line has been brilliant, and I'm really looking forward to seeing exactly how it affects the future issues of this series, Aquaman, and even the new Justice League of America series.

Plot

The final battle begins, as the Justice League make a final fight against the Atlanteans, and Aquaman faces of against his brother the Ocean Master in a fight for the crown of Atlantis.

Review

This was a brilliant way to end the Throne of Atlantis story-line, and Geoff Johns has done a fabulous job. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this issue as the story-line so far although good has been slightly unpredictable. What I liked most about the writing however was that although it showed a brilliant climax to the story, it also showed teasers for things to come, and showed that Johns was thinking ahead. Although Johns centered most of this final issue around the final confrontation between Aquaman, and Ocean Master it was still nice to see that he gave time for the other characters to have there moment, and I especially liked that he showed non League members like Hawkman, and Firestorm, especially Hawkman considering he'll be apart of the Justice League of America.

Read the rest of John McCubin's Review on Comic Vine

My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 5/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 4.9


Justice League of America #1 - World's Most Dangerous, Chapter One 


The march toward TRINITY WAR begins with part one of “WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS”!


Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They aren’t the world’s greatest super heroes—they’re the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings?


Plus: Find out why Martian Manhunter is the most dangerous of them all. Period.

Preview



A New Team


This has been a series that I have been looking forward to for a long time now. Ever since it was announced at the end of Justice League #12 that this series would be coming out I was very happy. Although there has been multiple Justice League series out previously at the same time this is the first time I have gotten more than one, and that's mainly due to Geoff Johns writing both series, and the big event that was teased in DC Comics - The New 52 FCBD Special Edition #1 featuring both teams.

Plot

After the events of Throne of Atlantis Amanda Waller finally sees an opportunity to start her own Justice League, the Justice League of America, but here reasoning's are very questionable. Former Justice League liaison Steve Trevor is enlisted to help put this team together, a team which consists of Martian Manhunter, Catwoman, Katana, Green Lantern (Simon Baz), Vibe, and Hawkman.

Review

This was a brilliant start to the series, and if the series follows in this pattern I'd be surprised if it doesn't become phenomenal. Johns has done brilliant work in the past, but I can see this series being among his best work. I must say that I really wanted to give this issue a 5 star rating, but unfortunately there was one thing that stopped it from being perfect, and that was the lack of team. Fair enough you need a set-up to start a brand new team, but that's what took away from the suspense, and also loft no teamwork, meaning that so far it's not much of a team book, but that should soon change.

Read the rest of John McCubin's Review on Comic Vine

My Rating



Cover & Solicit - 3/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 4/5

Verdict - 4


Supergirl #17 - Girl vs. Goddess


The penultimate chapter of “H’EL ON EARTH”!

Earth is on the brink of destruction as H’El’s machinations come to fruition!

How far will Kara go to save Krypton?

Preview

 


Girl vs. Goddess


Supergirl #17 came out this week, the penultimate chapter of H'El on Earth, an arc I will be happy is coming to an end. From the beginning, the deck was stacked against Supergirl in this story. In the span of a couple of issues all the characterization that has been slowly building in her main book was demolished.

In Supergirl, Kara was on the journey, moving from a grieving character to one who was dealing with her tragedy and realizing she needed to move forward on our world. She was a character very reticent to let anyone in ... to trust anyone, but one with a solid core of being a good person. She wanted to help and would never harm anyone. yes, it was decompressed story-telling but this Supergirl was someone I was rooting for, someone I was hoping was going to work her way through her stages of grief and emerge a young hero.

In H'El on Earth, all of that went away. She immediately trusted H'El. She jumped in with both feet in believing his story. She immediately fell in love with him. And she began lashing out at everyone around her ... first calling Earth a ball of sweat and mud and then bludgeoning Superboy within an inch of his life.

This has not been a good story arc for Supergirl. And I find that in her own title, writer Mike Johnson is trying to do the best he can with this editorial edict of Supergirl being a patsy and a villain. He has her saying things that jibe better with his characterization of her. And so we have this issue where finally ... finally ... she realizes the truth, that H'El has been duping her. Of course, she has to be told it by Wonder Woman, never getting to that conclusion herself. It makes these earlier issues of H'El that much more preposterous. Why didn't someone tell her this a while ago?

Read the rest of Anj's review on Supergirl Comic Box Commentary


My Rating


Cover & Solicit - 5/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 4.1


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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/ and a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. Anj is a blogger at http://comicboxcommentary.blogspot.com/The use of these reviews has been authorized by the original authors.
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