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|JUSTICE LEAGUE #13 (w) Geoff Johns (a) Tony Daniel (c) Tomeu Morey (cvr) Tony Daniels
We pick things up right where we left off last issue with Superman and Wonder Woman's kiss. The art is strong although I'm not particularly fond of the design they went with for Cheetah. Conflict with our villainess aside, it was good to see that the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman wasn't just a one issue publicity stunt and that Johns isn't rushing to put them into a full-on relationship either. I also liked that we finally got character development on Cyborg. As the lone Leaguer without a solo-title he's often felt like a plot-device at times. The only odd thing about his exchange with Flash was that it felt as if it was Wally under the mask and not Barry. Overall, I'd say that I enjoyed the character development in this issue more so than the plot centering around Cheetah.
We also had a back-up story featuring Steve Trevor and what looks like the beginning of the new Justice League of America series starting up in 2013. It looks as if Green Arrow may be the leader of the team consisting of Martian Manhunter, Catwoman, Baz, Green Arrow, Vibe, Stargirl, Hawkman and Katana. Did anyone recognize the amulet that Arrow gave to Trevor?
A point of view issue told from the perspective of Arsenal aka Roy Harper although Starfire is the clear star, showcasing some awesome powers. Plot-wise the trio overcame The Blight pretty quickly and in such a straightforward manner it undermines their threat-level a bit. An entertaining issue but the series as a whole has struggled to elevate itself beyond average in both writing and art. I'm primarily reading the series because of my interest in Jason Todd so if the series doesn't figure prominently in 'Death of the Family' I may ultimately drop it.
Picked up the title on a whim because I'm a fan of Black Lightning and while I'm only familiar with the basics when it comes to Blue Devil, I always found him to be an interesting character. The story skips the origin and dumps you right into the plot as the heroes meet and of course fight before realizing they're both after villain Tobias Whale. The art, while far from stellar compliments the dialogue very well and I applaud Rocha's use varying perspective angles. However, it has to be sais that Black Lightning has one of the blandest superhero costumes I've ever seen. Needless to say, I'm not hooked by any means but I'm intrigued enough to give the title at least one more issue.
An issue featuring a guest writer but a LOT of ground gets covered here. There's a brief encounter with Batgirl, the looming storyline of Death of the Family, a humorous exchange with the Penguin and of course Lady Shiva. It's a solid issue and features some very Jim Lee-esque pencils from Guinaldo. The only element I questioned was the exchange between Dick and Barbara. I wasn't enamored with the depiction of Batgirl here or the way Dick just let her go. There's too much history between them for something like that to happen and with a guest writer, it's possible that this could be something that's gets lost in the shuffle when Higgins returns. Still, it sets up the story nicely for the next issue where I'm sure we'll get a nice acrobatic showdown between Shiva and Nightwing.
Right now, you'd be hard pressed to find another Marvel title better than what Waid and Samnee are crafting over on Daredevil. I love when series can intermix an interesting personal life along with the superheroics and that's exactly what we're getting over on Daredevil. The story and villain are perfect for the micro, street-level escapades of Matt Murdock and the art is just another foray into the creamy, surreal goodness that has Samnee listed among the best in the industry. The way the panels are ordered you're scratching your head trying to piece together what exactly is happening and then it all clicks when you find out who the villain is. Phenomenal work going on over there folks.