"Bruce would be ashamed"
Issue 43 starts out in the past. Presumably post JLA year one because Green Arrow is a part of the team and he's narrating the story. We get thrown back to the present where Green Arrow is fighting off the intruders in the Watchtower. The JLA meanwhile is off fighting (if you could use that term) some villains. Dick plays the part of Batman very well, standing off to the side, noticing the insane flaws in their attacks, "Bruce Would Be Ashamed." Is one of the most heartfelt lines in the book, at least to me. We also basically see the dismantling of the team that was put together, and obviously with The Rise and Fall, we see some reactions to Green Arrow.
I'm a huge fan of Mark Bagley and I know some people dislike his work, but I love it. Especially in the flashback sequence in the beginning, he really brings out the differences, especially in Green Arrow. The writing has been better, not amazing, but good enough for me to actually WANT to finish the issue, unlike past experiences.
The team goes from busting with new members down to 4, and only 2 of them are from the the beginning of the arc, I believe. Whether or not you're building a new team, there are some staples that need to be in the JLA, and having some of these players out, gone, off on another adventure, it's kind of lame.
The Out of Continuity
As far as I'm concerned this is post Blackest Night, and with that being said, after reading Blackest Night #8 this week, Green Arrows comments about 2 members of the League from the past makes not sense continuity-wise. Especially if you read BN#8. I'm not a fan of books and writers skipping forward and backwards with continuity, I understand that at times it's needed and times it's not their fault, but I would think the editors would check with each other regarding continuity and who's alive or dead. Also, if this is post Blackest Night, Dick would know that Bruce is alive (sorry if that's a spoiler, where the hell have you been?) so his comment, which i loved, is out of place.