Can’t say I’ve really felt any need to pick up Justice League for any other reason than it’s Justice League, but that might have changed with issue #13. Enter Cheetah, a villain I’m not that familiar with beyond her history with Wonder Woman. She seems like a strange choice for a Justice League villain but by the end of the issue she justifies her appearance and I look forward to where the story goes.
The Wonder Woman/Superman things is also addressed a couple times. I like it. As far as I can see, these two belong together. I don’t care fore Louis Lane and Diana could definitely teach Clark a thing or two about restraint.
Cyborg’s story crawls along. He is a curious character. He went through a major trauma, half of him was replaced by a machine…and yet that’s never really been an issue for him. We do get some all too brief musing on his machine/human existence. Frankly it’s pretty tragic, it took a whole year for one of the super friends to notice or ask him any personal questions, and only then it’s because Flash is left alone with him after being kicked out of the room but Supes and Wondy. I feel this reboot is a huge missed opportunity for Cyborg. I absolutely abhor his costume, it doesn’t reflect the look of modern technology whatsoever and he barely has a personality, which is a real shame because there is so much potential in the character.
It’s taken a year but it looks like Johns might just be getting the team dynamic finally working. That’s almost definitely helped by an absent Hal Jordan. Wonder Woman felt more in tune with her solo book this issue too, which is a relief since her solo book is a riot and give no end of credence to her title of Wonder Woman. We can only hope someone drags Cyborg out of the depths of utter mediocrity and gives him the story he deserves but this is inching in the right direction. There’s also a hint that Batman and Aquaman could be quite an amusing duo.
Also, a shout out to Tony S. Daniel’s art. I’m not a big fan of Jim Lee, it feels a little too static. Daniel’s art feels dynamic.
Justice League 13# is not without its flaws but finally I’m looking forward to next month’s Justice League.
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