Writer: Steve Orlando
Pencils: Neil Edwards
Inks: Daniel Henriques
Letters: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
Last time, on JLA: Caitlin Snow’s dreams and darkest wishes were literally granted, as she woke up to a natural, ice-free complexion, cured of her frosty disposition for the first time.
This time: Caitlin dreams of a snow-bitten landscape of death and suffering, as a figure called Tsaritsa coaxes her into giving up her icy curse so that she won’t suffer like the mysterious voice’s long-dead sister. As the league faces the cured Caitlin, she has little time to explain herself as she falls down and nearly cracks her head open, as a woman dressed in flamboyant armor, Tsaritsa, reveals herself. The goddess wastes no time in trouncing the team and moving on to trounce Happy Harbor, enslaving the league as well as the citizens of the city they’re supposed to protect. Learning a bit about Tsaritsa’s flawed gives some enlightenment, and Caitlin still sits hesitantly at her side, but as the goddess gives on of the leaguers to a fatal end, things aren’t looking up.
Reed Strong’s Strong Read: The wish dreams have been laying in the background and foreground of this book nearly since it begun, and seeing the sinister implications as well as the sinister force behind them is satisfying in a way that was almost shocking. With the way the book goes in-between its major beats from Lord Havoc to the Lords of Order, seeing someone just thoroughly kick ass and take over so quickly is thrilling, and offers an honest sense of dread. The league gets to really unite against a force, but when one of their own is the reason it got a foot into their dimension, the fisticuffs and powers aren’t going to be enough to win this time.