Justice League #29
Author: Bryan Hitch
Penciler: Fernando Pasarin
Inker: Oclair Albert & Andy Owens
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Previously: The Justice League has found out that most of them have kids in the future. And those kids grow up to be young adults in a post-apocalyptic world. The Junior League has returned from the future to warn the Justice League of what is about to happen. However, the Junior League has also learned that Wonder Woman may be responsible for the horrible future and so Hunter has gathered the League to kill her. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to either League, the Cyborg/Aquaman amalgam from the future has tracked them to this period and has already beaten Batman.
Currently: Clark Kent has noticed that Hunter is gone. Lois assumes that maybe he went with Jon to school but then Clark falls violently ill…the type of reaction he has when kryptonite is around. Aquaborg (can we make this a “thing”?) shows up, beating Superman bloody. Lois tries to intervene, but Aquaborg just knocks her down, leaving her on the floor, but not wishing to hurt her. He takes Superman with him through a portal.
In Nova Scotia, Wonder Woman stands alone where they fought the Kindred, working with Genie to try and find out where the signal is coming from. She’s not entirely alone, though, as the Junior League has caught up with her. They talk in hushed voices in the brush some distance behind her, planning their attack, plotting to kill her, hoping that it will make the future better. But Wonder Woman has hearing almost as acute as Superman’s and she’s aware of their attack. So when Cruise attacks first, Wonder Woman is ready for her. And when the Lantern twins attack? Yeah, Wonder Woman fends off their attack too. But then Hunter dives in, tackling his mother and damn is there some hostility present. This feels more personal than just trying to save the future.
Meanwhile, Batman shows up at the Kent Farm to find the kitchen trashed. After a brief exchange with Lois, he informs her that he hasn’t been able to contact the rest of the League either. We see why, too, as Aquaborg took out Flash, Green Lantern (Jessica), and Cyborg all thanks to Batman’s stash of anti-League deterrent.
Meanwhile, Wonder Woman starts to get the upper hand on Hunter when Cube steps in and opens up a boom tube. In Midway city, Simon Baz still seems to be investigating the wreckage and the black strands that are everywhere. The voices keep telling him to feed. Suddenly, Cube’s teleportation drops the Junior League and Wonder Woman right on top of them. It’s not intentional. Cube didn’t mean to bring them there but something screwed with his direction. Then, the voices tell Simon to “open” and he lets it all out, with the blackness, almost a slime of some sort, spews forth, engulfing Wonder Woman.
In Amnesty Bay, Dora and Mera spend some mother/daughter quality time, enjoying the tranquility. But the conversation shifts to how Aquaman dies in the future and Dora begins to explain to her mom that Aquaman didn’t die. But suddenly, Aquaborg is there, stepping out from the waters. But despite the threat he usually poses, he doesn’t fight them. He won’t hurt his own wife and daughter. But instead, he activates a device and Mount Olympus appears from the sky, heralding the arrival of Sovereign.
Thoughts/Reviews/Snide Comments: The art is still just…uninspiring. It doesn’t fill me with the dread or the wonder that I feel like this story is trying to convey. It’s just so very plain.
But despite my issues with the art, this book does something that the other three so far in this arc have been unable to do: it keeps me interested. Sure, it’s still got problems. For one, Batman STILL has his anti-League cache? Seriously? Haven’t they used that plot device numerous times and it always bites the League in the ass? And Barry is taken down like a chump and Cyborg…he’s carted off like a child. It was just a bit too…easy. Unbelievably so.
But for the most part, it’s an enjoyable tale and you do find yourself wanting to turn page after page to find out what will happen next. Hunter still continues to intrigue me. Although I’m not sure if Hitch is really this deep of a writer, I feel as though Hunter is the cause of a lot of this all in his quest to get revenge on his mom who abandoned him. He seems to stop at nothing (much like his mom) to get what he wants and even manipulates the Junior League into joining his crusade against WW.
Final Thoughts: It’s a step above what came before. And while still has its major flaws, this is the first exciting issue of this arc. The first one that’s kept me wanting more. And now Sovereign, the best part of #26, is poised to make an entrance with most of the League incapacitated. For the first time, I’m eagerly awaiting the next issue.