JLA

July 17, 2007 Posted by admin

TITLE: JLA

ISSUE: 64

REVIEW DATE: 20/04/02

REVIEWER: MATT YEO

WRITER: JOE KELLY

ARTISTS: DOUG MAHNKE & TOM NGUYEN

jla64Okay, last issues scathing review may have been a little on the negative side, but I’m sticking by it. The good news is that this month’s issue seems to be getting back on track with Casey cutting back on the exposition (slightly) and opting to let the League act instead of talk. I’ve also finally warmed to the main theme of this arc, which deals with definitions of the truth and their cause and effect.

This concluding issue sees Wonder Woman having to back down and ask for help from Rama Khan, the man she feels may be the key to halting the planet’s descent into chaos. But nothing is black and white in this story and it’s those moralistic shades of grey that Casey attempts to shine some light on. Although the story is wrapped up a little too neatly for my tastes, there are some great moments that almost elevate the whole storyline above mere pedestrian status. These include a Hal Jordan costume cameo, the league transforming into extreme versions of themselves and Wonder Woman’s triumphant reforging of her golden lariat. However, I still have problems with the current creative team and their approach to the JLA. Casey’s Morrison-lite stories have a been-there-seen it kind of feel and his trademark humour falls flat on more than one occasion. Likewise, the art team of Mahnke and Nguyen deliver solid, but less-than spectacular visuals, some of which hint at greater potential that never appears.

So maybe I’m being a little hard on the new guys, but they do have legacy and responsibility to live up to. The outgoing teams may have set the creative bar at an all-time high, but Casey and co. desperately need to find their own take on the world’s greatest heroes and quickly. If they manage this and achieve a consistently entertaining run, there’s hope for DC’s big guns yet.

BULLETPROOF RATING: 6/10