My review of Justice League #7

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The Justice League is now brought to the present and we have guest artist Gene Ha step in for Jim Lee.

The Good:

With the team now established and everything brought into the present, that means less time introducing each character and a little more time on story development. We have a little bit of both in this issue with the introduction of a new villain posing a minor threat and a focus on Steve Trevor this time around. The new focus on Trevor is a refreshing one and his "relationship" with Diana is addressed. He spends his time re-enforcing his trust in the Justice League by being their alleged "caretaker" There are also a few humorous moments between Steve and the League while he video-chats with Diana and finally the JLA Watchtower is revealed.

Guest artist Gene Ha steps in for Jim Lee this issue and take over the art. While his art isn't bad being wonderfully vibrant and a unique style, it's a definite step down from Lee's art. The art lacks sharpness and is somewhat inconsistant here and there but fortunately, it is one of the better parts of the issue.

Another positive side is the addition of the "SHAZAM" short at the end of this issue. The art by Gary Frank is stunning and while the mythos is changed around quite significantly and it does cut short, it's an interesting read especially considering the change to a major character.

The Bad:

Geoff Johns continues writing this new arc for the Justice League. Due to his experience with a few of the main characters, you'd expect better characterization from him, but he seems to throw it all out the window. Green Lantern acts like an imbecile, Flash and Diana try to play The Devil's Advocate's and Cyborg seems to be the brains of the bunch. I'm still baffled to see how little interest Johns put into making Superman and Aquaman lively at ALL considering his brilliant work on Aquaman's solo run and both character lacking more than a few sentences in the entirety of the issue.

The Verdict:

While it's nice to see Justice League brought into present times, nothing appears to have changed at all. Johns adds refreshing characterization to Steve Trevor but seems to annoyingly avoid putting any interest into the lead characters leaning towards more style over substance writing in this issue. The art and the SHAZAM short seemed to be the only saving grace this time around.

2.5 out of 5

Posted by Gambit1024

Are there any new member reveals?

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Gambit1024: Unfortunately no, but a new villain is teased and his plan involves one of the leading characters of this issue.

Posted by Gambit1024

@Deranged Midget: Interesting. A new villain entirely, or a revamped old one?

Posted by Deranged Midget

@Gambit1024: It isn't revealed who it is, but it seems to be someone new pulling the strings.

Posted by HotSauceCommittee

Writing was ass, art was ass, all I enjoyed was the backup, thinking about dropping it now.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@HotSauceCommittee: I liked the art, wasn't a bad change of pace. I found it to be vibrant and really popped out, but I agree. Johns has really dropped the ball on this one.

Posted by HotSauceCommittee

@Deranged Midget: Just felt it didn't suit the book, maybe I'll like it more in Before Watchmen.

Another thing was the Hal depowered/repowered stuff. Sort of expected no GL after the flashback but we get absolutely no mention of it.

Don't like the author stuff either.

Damn, just realising how much I dislike this book lol.

Posted by k4tzm4n

I'll hold off on reading this until I get the issue. I can only assume it's a good review as usual,

Posted by Deranged Midget

@HotSauceCommittee: Honestly, I expected more out of Johns. He's done wonders with Green Lantern, Flash and now Aquaman but this seems like a completely separate universe entirely with nothing making sense.

@k4tzm4n: Thanks dude. It was enjoyable but Johns has let me down with the writing. The SHAZAM short at the end is awesome though. :)

Posted by nthompson182

i hated the art. I like Ha but don't think he's suited to JL at all. I really can't wait till jim is back.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@nthompson182: It was a nice change but yes, it's a definite step down from Lee's art.