Justice League #26
Author: Bryan Hitch
Penciler: Fernando Pasarin
Inker: Oclair Albert
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Previously: Do you know who the Justice League are? Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, Aquaman, and Green Lantern? (but not Hal Jordan…it’s the new guy…Simon Baz) Then that’s all you need to know. It’s the start of a new arc and luckily, this one is pretty easy to just jump into even if you’re unfamiliar with DC. Oh…and you might want to familiarize yourself with Blackest Night (seriously…go read that right now if you haven’t…it’s what got me liking DC).
Currently: Twenty Years from now, a group of five teens (no, not those teenagers with attitudes) approach Mount Olympus…in New York City??? The leader looks very much like Superman…but he’s carrying Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and her emblem ties his cape around his neck. There’s a girl wearing the Flash’s symbol, another girl wearing the Green Lantern emblem, a boy who has a green vest and a boy who is covered in cybernetics.
As they debate what to do (they’re worried about Curry being around for some, as yet unknown reason), a sixth teen appears from the water, wielding a trident. At this point, it’s pretty obvious, they’re the kids of the Justice League, but hey, we’ll let Hitch go on and try and surprise us at the end. They agree to move forward when suddenly, Aquaman jumps in, attacking them. He’s fused to various metallic parts, pieces of Cyborg. He defeats the Flash girl, he defeats Super…boy (I’m not sure what to call him but his name is Hunter)? He clashes with his own daughter. The Green Arrow and Green Lantern kids attack him…with red and yellow (respectively) constructs?
The teens escape through teleportation onto the mountain. Hurridly, they make their way down, worried about someone named “Sovereign”. They make their way into an old Infinity Corp building and find a recording left for them. Something about one chance to make things right, to fix the world. Then an armored woman, wielding a sword made of fire shows up…it’s Sovereign. Serenity (the daughter of Aquaman) holds her off briefly while the others prepare to teleport. This time somewhere else…er…someWHEN else.
In Midway City, present time, the Justice League is investigating a horrific site where over 10,000 people killed each other. Suddenly, a portal opens and out pops six teens who announce themselves to be the children of the League and they come from a broken world, and that it’s all the League’s fault.
There’s something about the trope of the kids from the future meeting their parents that I never really cared for. At least not when it’s done via a single issue or single arc. I mean sure, when you introduce a character slowly and then have them meet mom or dad, that can have some great emotional impact, but the idea of them being created for a single arc just always bugged me. It’s tired and never done well. In part, I find it hard to believe that every single person on the League is somehow going to have a kid. There is almost one kid for each League member. At least Superman was already established to have a kid with Lois, but then you have Flash’s kid, Cyborg’s kid, Aquaman’s kid (although that, too, makes sense as he is king and is married to Mera), Green Lantern’s kid (maybe two kids? I’m not sure and I’m not sure which Green Lantern)…it just comes across as too hokey.
There are a few things I liked about this issue. As odd as it sounds, I really enjoyed the use of shading to convey the dark mood of the future. It was great to see the mixture of Aquaman and Cyborg (although he wasn’t as threatening as they made him out to be). Hunter is interesting. He seems to be the child of Superman and Wonder Woman (considering his costume is a mixture of both). The children of the Green Lanterns are even more intriguing. The girl uses a yellow ring and the guy uses a red ring, leading me to think the girl is the daughter of Hal Jordan and the guy is the son of Guy Gardner. Just a suspicion and considering that Hitch hasn’t used either of those two, it’s unlikely, but the colors of the rings fit.
Some event known as Lightfall has me intrigued. It supposedly destroyed all of the Black rings (except Aquaman somehow has one). Probably an event we’ll never get to see, but it’s definitely interesting.
And Sovereign. Woo, boy. Sovereign’s entrance was truly epic. I mean, sure, I generally prefer villains with depth, but with how
she was drawn, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing her again.
Final Thoughts: There’s nothing new with this issue. It’s decent enough, but we’ve seen this done before. Hard to say if Hitch will do it better than writers before him, but for now, this issue just felt a little flat to me. Still, the pacing was good, and some of the scenes were fantastic, so it’s worth a read. Just don’t expect to be blown away.