I’m gonna start this off by raising my hand and admitting that I hadn’t been on JUSTICE LEAGUE, even when it started with REBIRTH. I didn’t much care for Bryan Hitch’s (writer) JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA from the NEW52, and when they originally solicited this JL I felt like it could be a replay of the former. That changed when I happened to flip through the last issue and found that this current arc focuses on the League’s children from the future. It’s not too often we get a story like this, and after reading issue twenty-seven, I was hooked.
Stories that somehow touch on time travel seem to be the go-to currently, and even though it’s getting a little worn out and over-saturating nearly everything you read and watch, I felt this take has been a bit refreshing. Though what stands out in this issue has nothing directly to do with the time travel, but the delving into the character’s core and how they react to their kids.
As I had admitted, I have been following this title at all until the last two or so issues, and so one of the relationships — Barry Allen and Jessica Cruz — was a double-edged sword for me. The way it plays with their kids is told quite well, as it appears to invigorate them as individuals to feel the love of their children. BUT the part that doesn’t work for me is that it’s Barry and Cruz. I tend to be a hardcore originalist when it comes to couples, like Superman and Lois, Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris (which I was kind of irked that there was no mention of Martin — Hal and Carol’s son, — but that’s something else,) and Batman and Gotham City– kind of a comic book joke there, but you get what I mean.
Other than my personal preference, I felt that the way Bryan had the interactions between Barry and Cruise was spot on for what I always envisioned would be when a story was done similar to this. Fernando [Pasarin] also did an amazing job, as my favorite panel of the entire issue was the one above, where Cruise almost immediately falls asleep on Barry. It has a real authentic vibe, and gives off this warm feeling when looking at it.
Now my favorite thing about the entire issue was the interaction between Wonder Woman’s son, Hunter, and Clark. Going from this warm and thankful conversation between the two about how Clark and Lois raised Hunter to a quite intense argument over Superman’s ideology. It was very well thought out, and shows a level of awareness to how fan’s think and view the “Man of Steel’s” way of handling a problem as Bryan personified that through Hunter.
Hunter’s line, “Sometimes the only choices you have are between a bad one and a worse one,” was one of the truest things I’ve read in a comic. You could tell as you read that portion of the issue that Hunter set Clark up with that line of reasoning, as he knew that he [Clark] would make point that no matter what he’d always make the same decision to save as many people as he possibly could no matter the long-term result. I always love when a writer delves deep into what makes Superman, Superman.
You can pick yourself up a copy of JUSTICE LEAGUE #28 at a comic shop near you, and JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 will be hitting shelves on Wednesday, September 20th.