The GeeksverseJustice League of America #53

Justice League of America #53
Published on Thursday, January 20, 2011 by


Written by: James Robinson
Penciled by: Mark Bagley
Inked by: Rob Hunter, Norm Rapmund & Don Ho
Colored by: HI-FI
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Cover Art: A- Bagley w/ Hunter & HI-FI; B- David Mack
Associate Editor: Adam Schlagman
Editor: Eddie Berganza

This issue highlights the problem thats been going on with James Robinson’s Justice League run. There’s just so much going on, so many events and other things getting in the way, that they all just feel rushed. It feels like we haven’t had a minute to breath with this series or this cast, to get to know them or even see how they operate together. Potential members have come and go. Even Supergirl has become Dark Supergirl.

And how that works with the character in the Supergirl book I’m not sure and I hope gets addressed and resolved soon.

There’s just something “off” about this series.

That’s not to say it doesn’t have some good moments. Overall I like the cast mix and I like what Robinson wants to do. It just would be nice to see him have the ability to do so without constant changes.

This issue opens after Batman surrounding last issue. The team isn’t happy about his choice and they go along with it. Which is the first hint that things aren’t what they seen. The second hint? It’s Batman. Having him surrender without a plan wold be an un-Batman like thing, so it’s obvious from the beginning that he’s either buying for time or has a plan already in motion.

Turns out he already has a plan in motion.

The result of the plan, and the way Batman goes about it, seems like Robinson had written himself into a corner and couldn’t figure out a way to get out of it in the time alloted. It’s just wrapped up too neatly. The nuances of the plan does mean that Robinson did think it out ahead of time, at least it appears so. But then it’s just a little too neat.

Again it highlights the problems with Robinsons run. It’s interesting but it’s not. It’s good but it’s not.

This issue was just too neat. Too overhanded.

I do like how Robinson gets into the different members of the cast’s heads at different points throughout the issue.

It’s obvious that Bagley is on his way out on this title. This has to be one of the worst efforts I’ve seen from him. It appears rushed and doesn’t have the usual tight work I’ve expected from him. There are some really bad panels in some places.

Justice League of America #53 receives
2 out of 5

Robinson has potential to do a dynamite run on JLA but he needs to settle down and be given the chance.

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