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Justice League of America #7 - Trinity War, Chapter Four Review

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Was Dr. Psycho responsible for Superman killing Doctor Light?

The Good

The three different Justice Leagues may be divided, but they're all working to find out a common goal: who was responsible for Superman killing Doctor Light? One team thinks they found their answer in Dr. Psycho.

Dr. Psycho has always been a bit of a whipping post that has the potential to be extremely dangerous. That continues in this issue. Looks can be deceiving with Dr. Psycho though, as the reader quickly finds out. He's small and physically weak, but he still has the ability to control people's minds and make them see what he wants them to see.

As the issue continues, Martian Manhunter gets his hands on Dr. Psycho, and this isn't the nice and stoic MM that many people are used to. There's a bit of rage within him. The scene was very enjoyable and it was cool to see how far MM is willing to go not only for the answer but also for a fellow hero.

We get to see the connection between PHANTOM STRANGER #11 here and the aftermath of it. It's a bit brief, but it's a nice wrap-up to that story, which was a solid tie-in. The heroes that went with Stranger to the afterlife, Batman, Katana, and Deadman, return to the real world, but Stranger's fate is unseen. He disappears right before he can tell everyone the secret to Pandora's Box.

Doug Mahnke does a fine job on the art in this issue. While there are quite a few colorists and inkers on this book (five inkers and three colorists), there was only one time where it was noticable (in the scene where Wonder Woman and company confront Pandora and Lex Luthor). Mahnke's are is pretty fantastic throughout the issue, except for one particular scene. I love his take on perspective in each panel. He keeps it fresh and unique, and each page is a nice and pretty surprise.

The Bad

My only complaint is early in the issue. There's a two-page spread featuring some Justice Leaguers coming through a hole in the ceiling where Doctor Psycho is located. The perspective looks a bit off. Element Woman, Martian Manhunter, and Cyborg, in the background, look huge compared to everyone else. The weirdest part is that The Question, if he was standing, looks like he'd come up to Cyborg's stomach. The art looks pretty awesome, but the perspective is a bit off.

I'm not too keen on the reveal page. I'm not going to give anything away, but I don't like the change the creative team did with a certain character.

The Verdict

Trinity War has been a very satisfying event, thus far, and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7 delivers a fantastic part to this overall story. Writers Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire continue to present the reader an interesting and compelling read. While there were a ton of inkers and colors on this book, there was only one problematic page because of it and Doug Mahnke's art was overall very solid work. If you've been enjoying Trinity War so far, you'll really enjoy this issue as well.

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Posted by Squalleon

Good Issue but felt like a filler to me.
Supes left ARGUS to find Dr. Psycho, he wasn't responsible and now he returned again to ARGUS.
This issue didn't actually pushed the plot with the exception of the last page.
Also it seems this issue had the same problems as issue 6 with the many inkers.

Posted by InFamous_Wolf

I thought that Dr.Psycho was the good guy from Superboy.

Posted by anandak47
Edited by ColaNicole

@infamous_wolf: He is. I'm guessing he eventually shows his true colors. Either way I put it down to poor writing and bad communication.

Posted by spinningbirdcake

Well Atom doesn't look huge because she can shrink. And The Question looks like he's crouching a bit and he hasn't jumped so he's farther (further?) away.

This issue was great. Can't remember the last event that had this little fighting in it and I kind of love it.

Edited by JamDamage

Im enjoying this story a real lot. It's getting cooler even.

Posted by longbowhunter

Overall I've really enjoyed this event. I thought this issue was well paced and the stuff with Lex was great. Nice to see Martian Manhunter play a bigger role in the story. Really wish he'd get more time to shine.

Edited by OutlawRenegade

Nothing even happened here.

Edited by OutlawRenegade

Cyborg is obviously the traitor or the traitor is masquerading as him.

Posted by Blue_Strike

I like this issue.

Edited by batmannflash

I liked this issue, got chills at the end. Things are started to get intense!

Posted by lordraiden

I love the "who is responsible for Superman killing Dr Light", taking the responsibility of killing away from superman?

Posted by Daredevilnut

I really enjoyed this issue, I am excited to see what happens next!

Posted by soumya

So whoever touches the box is replaced with a respective member of the crime syndicate(for Superman it was Ultraman,for WW it was Superwoman)?I mean that explains things.Damn those before mentioned solicitations!

Posted by Mezmero

This was a pretty good issue. Felt like not a lot happened but I'm still digging the event overall. As expected following The Question has produced more questions than answers. I really like the way Lex Luthor is written as some of what he says sort of foreshadows Forever Evil. Can't wait to see more Luthor.

Posted by manwithoutshame

I've been enjoying this, however it feels like there's too many heroes just standing around. The story is a bit vague, and even unfocused, It's been a decent read but I find it lacking in suspense.

Edited by TheFirstLantern

Wait so what was the reveal?

Posted by Saren

@soumya said:

So whoever touches the box is replaced with a respective member of the crime syndicate(for Superman it was Ultraman,for WW it was Superwoman)?I mean that explains things.Damn those before mentioned solicitations!

I never considered this theory. Nice. It might be true.

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Edited by TheManInTheShoe

I wouldn't have given this issue more than three stars. The art was kinda bad and the story wasn't heading anywhere. I'm pretty disappointed where this is going.

Posted by Dernman

@soumya said:

So whoever touches the box is replaced with a respective member of the crime syndicate(for Superman it was Ultraman,for WW it was Superwoman)?I mean that explains things.Damn those before mentioned solicitations!

I never considered this theory. Nice. It might be true.

Me either. That's a good idea. For a second there I thought Superman was really Bizarro but didn't know it.

Posted by braynehurricane

@citizenbane: After the new announcement of who the true villains are behind Forever Evil, I also came to the same conclusion. Pandora's Motherbox, anyone?

Edited by TheFirstLantern
Posted by Faithcl

Where is Zatanna? :s

Posted by sinestro_GL

4 stars is about right.

Edited by Friskynesss
Edited by soumya

@friskynesss: thanx.I was not sure about Superman but after what happened to WW...I'm sure she is not her.

Edited by King_Namor

So the Crime Syndicate will become the new villians, and the current villians will become the new heroes, but still do things their way? Interesting indeed... I'm gonna love seeing the return of Black Adam and how he will deliver justice to the Crime Syndicate.

Edited by Rubear

Interesting, but the fact of beign two different Dr.Light (Teen Titans, one appearance, and this poor man) and two different Dr.Psycho (Superboy, more than one appearance, and this obvious villian) is little strange... and they look reversed in personality. Heh...Can they (villian Dr.Light and not bad Dr.Psycho) be another inhabitans of Earth-3?

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Edited by HeckTate

This issue was great. Can't remember the last event that had this little fighting in it and I kind of love it.

That's what I love about this event. We finally get something that's not just "hey let's go kick some evil ass." But then we also get all these comments of "Where's the action?" and "Nothing happened in this issue." Some people have no patience for storytelling, they just want everything to neatly resolve itself with just action and some cliche mid-fight catchphrases.

Posted by kilowog52

Wow! I am really enjoying this crossover. I don't believe that Leaguers are being replaced by their Earth-3 counterparts when they touch the box. I credit their behavior to the box's corrupting influence. A constant theme in the stories for a while has been that no one is without evil inside them, however minute. See the Shazam! backup for some of that. I'm predicting that Green Arrow is the mole. He was captured by Ivo's android League dopplegangers back in JLA #1, brainwashed, then returned to a location where he could radio A.R.G.U.S. for evac. So all the heroes and Steve Trevor think he escaped from the Secret Society, which is just what the Outsider and the SSSV wants them to think. That's my theory anyway. Also I noticed that each member of DC's Trinity is focused on a different member of the Trinity of Sin. Wonder Woman hunts Pandora, while Superman follows the Question and Batman has forged an alliance with the Phantom Stranger.

Posted by blackkitty

I will say the DCU is confusing me. Why are some characters exactly the same while others are different? I was rather hoping with a new universe that they would actually have the courage to really shake things up. But no, for some characters they merely changed their clothes. Good guys from DC classic are good guys here, bad guys are bad guys here. I guess I do not see why the big change.

Posted by redhood21

I love the "who is responsible for Superman killing Dr Light", taking the responsibility of killing away from superman?

not everything is about NAM!

Posted by braynehurricane

Gotta say I'm really pleased that this event has been way more about the mystery than about the fighting. Pretty poor name for the event, in my mind. Might have turned people away right off the bat, expecting it to be just JL vs. JL vs. JL - nonstop.

Posted by lifeboy

All the last pages were exv ellent. I really hope that doctor Light comes back. I am really engoying (should say really enjoyed) his place as a good person in the JLA, because you know that at some time later he is going to start evolving into an evil char acter.

Posted by bigboi100000

I'm not too keen on the reveal page. I'm not going to give anything away, but I don't like the change the creative team did with a certain character?

Who exactly?

Posted by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

Cyborg is the traitor