Out of DC’s Two Fantastic Four Riffs This Week, JLA Comes Out Second (JLA #25 Comic Review)

Writer: Steve Orlando

Pencils: Miguel Mendonca and Minkyu Jung

Inks: Dexter Vines

Colors: Chris Sotomayor

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Cover: Mike Janin

Last Time: The world of Angor was lost, and its Lord Havoc imprisoned safely aware. The JLA recently gained Batman back on their side, but with another world-shaking fight recently under their belt, what else could the JLA do next?

This Time: Batman and Vixen oversee the new, more intimidating base for the JLA’s operations, as Frost remembers Promethea’s ideas for their next step. The Ray returns to the team to introduce his new ally, Aztek, before Batman counters with an old foe, Dreamslayers: one of the Extremists. Batman announces that he’s going to save Angor alongside Dreamslayer, as the lord transports them to the dead world anew. Dreamslayer shares that while he’s tried to rebuild the world, one force won’t let him; the towering might of the Adjudicator, one of many watchers. He announces himself as the final judge of all worlds, as Batman starts to go into the history of what a world can really come back from, as the team starts to fight back against the massive watcher. When the Adjudicator is stricken down by a canary cry, Dreamslayer starts to squirm and shout in pain, as a portal opens up to split him in two: as Lord Havok, naked in glory, triumphantly steps through to confront the group.

Reed Strong’s Strong Read: It’s always exciting to see Batman fully cognizant of how many literal worlds he’s been involved in the saving of. Going back to Angor is a logical step, and the JLA’s initial resistance is an interesting dynamic after everything with the Queen of Fables. The design of the totally not Watcher and the returning Dreamslayer are a pair of great designs, well-fitting in with the world of the Extremists and Havoc, leading to some fun scenes of the closest thing to crossovers we’ll get nowadays. We know JLA is going to be ending leading up to No Justice, so there’s no better way to finish off the series than to wrap up the story it started with.

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Summary
The JLA has faced down true abominations and masterminds in their run so far, and a rematch with their first villain is the perfect way to see how far they've come.
Good
  • Doctor Doom is back.
  • Angor is a visually distinct wasteland, the its inhabitants are fun but distinct pastiches.
Bad
  • Very continuity heavy for any new comers.
  • Another world-ending scenario could be tedious.
7.5
Good
Story - 7
Art - 8
This account is an archive of all of the hard work and writings of our previous Staff Writers and Contributors on both Shoot The Breeze Comics when it previously existed as well as On Comics Ground, our current platform.

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