The Justice League were hacked and now they’re dealing with a fallout that includes a cadre of their most famous villains. This issue wraps things up, but is it good?
Justice League #11 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The summary reads:
“OUTBREAK” conclusion! Beaten, battered and outnumbered, the Justice League faces utter annihilation when Amazo and a host of the team’s deadliest enemies are released from prisons around the world as part of one man’s revenge against the world’s greatest superheroes.
Why does this book matter?
The concept behind the hack is intriguing as Bryan Hitch has created a story that – while requiring a good deal of suspension of disbelief – is potentially possible in our day and age. Throw in a ton of the classic villains many of us have forgotten and you have yourself a epic climax on your hands!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Sweet double page!
This issue is all about the punching and kicking that’s required of the Justice League to enact some, well, justice. Neil Edwards delivers some fun and awesome double page spreads including an early page with over 10 characters doing what they do best. The action is easy to follow with some logical choreography at work (some of which involves Cyborg getting punched to the right location) and fun use of powers from the variety of villains. If you’re a fan of Flash or Cyborg you should pick this one up as they get most of the heavy lifting.
The story seems to tie well into the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad story arc which begins this week. This probably isn’t required reading, but for those of you who want the whole story, this might be a necessary pick up. For what it’s worth there’s a funny moment for Batman involving a baseball bat that gave me a chuckle.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Once again, the ideas of technology are neat, but Hitch continues to focus in on a little kid’s ability to hack. Batman makes a salient point near the end of the issue which only heightens the ridiculousness of the entire plot: They can be beaten by a kid! I really don’t get how a little kid could hack a super villain either, but at this point you just throw up your hands.
Unfortunately, the saving grace could have been a lot of fun action, but for the most part this issue feels like a “been there, done that” action affair. There’s little to no character work so it all rests on the blockbuster thrills which don’t deliver. It doesn’t do a very good job involving all the characters either, with Aquaman completely disappearing from the battle for quite a few pages with no explanation or reasoning. At the end of the day, the heroes win not because of their valor, strength, or skills, but because of a random child. Ugh. To make matters worse, Superman, who is on the cover, isn’t even in the issue.
Nice looking weapon dude!
Is It Good?
It’s hard not to see this as lazy superhero writing. The characters punch and kick their way out of a battle with very little teamwork and a very silly premise that’s put them in this position. Save for some solid art and a funny moment, this issue is easily skippable.