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Review: Justice League #16

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Posted by: Byron Brewer, Contributing Editor
created 01/24/2013 - 5:23pm
Writer: 
Geoff Johns,
Pencils: 
Ivan Reis,
Inks: 
Joe Prado and Ivan Reis,
Colors: 
Rod Reis,
Letterer: 
Dave Sharpe,
Cover: 
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Rod Reis,
Publisher: 
DC Comics
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
January 23, 2013

 

Geoff Johns continues is his efforts in this issue of Justice League to show these are people, not just iconic superheroes, with differences who are working together to keep people of the Earth safe from the threats both without and within.

It is interesting that, even as Aquaman acts as an anchor and voice of reason for both the heroes and the perceived villains of this piece, none of the League members, not even Batman, realize that Orm is not a villain but the ruler of a true legendary empire trapped in the realm of  underwater politics responding to a perceived threat.

To take an example from another universe, neither Arthur nor Orm is playing the role of Namor and Imperious Rex, reacting with prejudice and hot-blooded anger against the surface world.

No, there is a long-standing plan extant. One of its authors is operating under its dictates (and constraints); another of its authors is acting against his own plan, trying to aright a wrong that may have been an accident ...  and may not!

I love how Johns has given each of the Leaguers their own emotions and small parts in this gripping war drama. The dedication and determination of Wonder Woman goes miles to make this classic hero more flesh and blood, not an easy feat.

Of course under "newcomers" Ivan Reis and Joe Prado, the urban world of the DCUis filled with wonderful watery beauty in every panel and page. The timing for this art transition from Lee to Reis, if one there must be, was perfect.

And of course the last page does what we have been expecting ... except I thought it was going to be a slower process: first Shazam, then Atom. Ye gads, are we "becoming bigger" in this flagship team book too??!

Johns and Reis are putting out the type of team book now I was expecting in August 2011. It's a great time to be a Justice League reader.