TITLE: Justice League #22
AUTHOR: Geoff Johns
PENCILLER: Ivan Reis
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASED: July 10, 2013
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
At this point, Trinity War makes a lot of sense. It’s been almost two years since they rebooted the continuity, and we’ve had awhile to get to know this new world, and these “new” characters. So now it’s time for us to do some serious world-building. This Trinity War event comic seems custom made for that, as we’ve got all of DC’s big guns, and then some, present and accounted for.
Shortly after the events of Justice League #21, Shazam travels overseas to Kahndaq, to scatter Black Adam’s ashes across the desert. But as far as Americans are concerned, Kahndaq is strictly a no-fly zone. By throwing caution to the wind, young Billy Batson is putting a lot of people, not to mention himself, in danger. The Justice League flies in to pull him out. But Amanda Waller and the Justice League of America are looking to pick a fight and prove how unstable Superman and the others are. And based on the chaos that ensues, they may have succeeded. Meanwhile, what role will the so-called Trinity of Sin, Pandora, Phantom Stranger and the Question, play in all of this?
I like that Shazam is taking center stage here. DC has been trying to breathe new life into this character for years now, and perhaps establish him as a the Justice League-caliber hero he deserves to be. Having him be the spark (no pun intended) for the biggest event comic DC has done in quite some time, in a rebooted continuity no less, is very refreshing. He’s also in good hands with Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. Having him fly into Kahndaq without regard for the consequences is consistent with what Johns established in the various Justice League back ups. The expression Reis draws on his face after he knocks Superman for a loop is also very well done. I’m waiting for a Shazam ongoing series. Hopefully we can get one sometime in the near future.
Unfortunately, our old buddy douchebag Superman returns in this issue. The big “war” is partially caused by a misunderstanding in which Wonder Woman is attacked. Big Blue then jumps to her defense, in a “Get your hands off my girl!” type moment, where his powers somehow malfunction and he goes too far. I get what’s supposed to be happening there, but as we’ve seen many times before since the reboot, it just makes Superman come off like a jock throwing his weight around. I wasn’t crazy about his entrance into the scene with Shazam either, but given the circumstances that was a bit more understandable.
Amanda Waller is supposed to be a bad guy, right? Or at the very least, one of those good guys who acts like a bad guy? Because I’ve gotta tell ya, picking a fight with the most powerful superhumans on the planet, and intentionally causing an international incident seems pretty damn irresponsible. And THIS is the woman in charge of the JLA?
There are a couple of cringe-worthy lines in here, but for the most part we’ve got a decent set up for Trinity War. I’m a little iffy on where they’re going with this whole “Pandora is responsible for all the evil in the world” thing. But it’s obviously very early. Let’s see where we are in a couple of weeks.
Front page image from nerdist.com. Interior image from author’s collection.
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