Justice League International: Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, Hi-Fi, David Finch, Rich Friend, Peter Steigerwald, Travis Lanham
Oh goodness, I don’t even know anymore. I’m about ready to check out here. On a positive note, we finally get an explanation to what the hell is going on here with the giant robots and alien dude in space. Great. Apparently, this Peraxxus dude goes around to planets that all have these “Signal Men” (the robots) buried within them, left by a super-ancient alien race that’s since died out. He found the tech and is using the Signal Men to destroy the worlds they inhabit in order to pick through the pieces for precious resources. It works in a few ways. It shows that Peraxxus is this cold sonuva mother who doesn’t regard life in the slightest. It also explains why he wouldn’t just enslave the human race and such, which someone suggests in this issue. No, he just wants to blow the damn thing up. Finally, he poses quite the substantial threat…and must be defeated at almost all costs. The bad part is…there’s more negative than positive, I think. Speaking of Peraxxus, he has some of the worst lines. He has those corny “villain” lines. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him say, “Curses!” when he’s finally foiled. There are some other lines that made me cringe in this issue, too. Booster’s, “If we go down, who’s left to save Earth?” for one. I mean, are you serious? Did you forget about Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League? Or any other superhero that’s still left out there? Speaking of…where are they?! Don’t they see these giant Signal Men threatening all these cities? Get Captain Atom out there! Get Flash and Green Lantern out there! Superman could tear them to pieces! I mean, come on, this hack of a team is not Earth’s final solution. Guy’s lines seem forced too…he’s cocky and headstrong, sure, but he doesn’t feel like the seasoned Green Lantern he’s supposed to be. He feels way too…well…green. Not only that…but he also spends half the issue missing. After Peraxxus teleports himself and Guy to the cave with the rest of the JLI team, he’s GONE for all the action until he just randomly shows up again going “DERP DERP” and not lending anything useful to the team. GLs are powerful and capable of taking on huge threats. So why Guy is just completely unable to take down Peraxxus is way beyond my comprehension. Not to mention Ice and Booster, Rocket Red and General in Iron…these are all the heavy hitters of the team, and Peraxxus just sweeps them aside like they’re nothing. Yet he doesn’t kill them. Why not? If they’re bothering you so much, just squash them – he seems to have the capabilities. So I’m having a really hard time believing this book right now, and it’s just putting me way off. I also don’t understand how, when we’re only given reasons that Ice and Batman can break out of the rock stuff, everyone else is able to also. I’m still not impressed with the art, really, sorry. I’m especially not a fan of Peraxxus’s design. We’ll see if this title improves at all after this whole Signal Men arc is over (besides, I thought the New 52 was doing away with multi-issue arcs, but whatever).
Justice League International #4, the verdict: I had such high hopes for this book, and I’m so immensely disappointed. I have this pressing need to understand what’s going on in here, but it’s difficult and it’s just not believable, even for a comic book. It would be interesting if the “regular” Justice League had to step in and help, creating a plot for later when it looks like the JLI can’t hack it and everyone’s in trouble of losing their jobs, but apparently the JLI is the only team of superheroes in the world. I know there are other people who are equally disappointed in this book, and I think a lot of it has to do with what we were led to expect after the “Brightest Day” run by Keith Giffen and Judd Winick. Instead, we’re just left with wondering….just how much does a superhero get paid, anyway?