I’m not sure what to think about this issue of Justice League. The whole thing is based on a story we’ve all read before, which is Batman’s contingency plans to stop the rest of the Justice League if they get out of hand. Mark Waid told this story masterfully in ‘Tower Of Babel’ and I’m not sure I want to see it revisited. Hopefully this will be different enough from that story, but still… I’ve had enough of ‘Batman doesn’t trust anyone and the JLA turn on him’ type stories.
One interesting wrinkle is that the dude who broke into the Batcave and beat up Alfred and Jason Todd looks like The Operative from Aquaman’s allies, The Others, who are good guys. Has Operative turned bad? Or is he just a mercenary? This issue also gave us some more information on the new, female Atom. I liked the swerve where you initially think she’s living in a ‘Sword Of The Atom’ style fantasy world, but nope, she’s just playing World Of Warcraft. She and Firestorm are at the Watchtower awaiting their formal inductions, but they never happen and instead Despero attacks, which is cool I guess.
The other stuff involves Superman and Wonder Woman breaking into Kahndaq to save some hostages from terrorists, which stirs up even more anti-Justice League sentiment across the world. I found it strange that Superman was so anti-interfering when the depiction of the character in Morrison’s Action Comics held the exact opposite view. I know that this is 6 years later or so, but still, odd. I do like that Kahndaq showed up in the JL story as well as in the Shazam back-up, I expect they will start to intersect even more soon, perhaps a Black Reign-esque story where Black Adam takes back his country? I once again enjoyed the back-up, they are probably the best thing Johns is writing at the moment, a very effective modernisation of the Big Red Cheese.