The GeeksverseJustice League #7

Justice League #7
Published on Friday, March 23, 2012 by

Justice League #7 is the first issue set in the present, but is it?

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Gene Ha
Colored by: Art Lyon
Lettered by: Patrick Brosseau
Cover by: A- Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair; B- Gary Frank w/ Brad Anderson
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Editor: Brian Cunningham

This issue brings the Justice League into the present. The only problem is that it doesn’t feel like the present the rest of the new 52 books are in. There’s apparently a group called A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group Uniting Superhumans) that serve as the liasons between the government and the Justice League. So why hasn’t this group been mentioned anywhere else in any other New 52 book before?

This group have been together for five years, but the way the story comes across, it feels like they’re still a new team. The public’s been crying out for the Justice League to take over the government for five years? Green Lantern’s still busting Batman’s chops after five years? It just doesn’t feel like this book is back in the present, it still has a substantial disconnect with it.

Probably because it’s still the same seven members and no new additions. After five years there would have to be some new additions or the seven wouldn’t still be the same seven.

This has not been a strong title so far, and this issue doesn’t help any.

The ARGUS name is dumb, and if they are “uniting superhumans” then why hasn’t it been mentioned elsewhere? The government is paying for the Justice League’s satellite and the public doesn’t have an issue with that? It’s the American government and not the world government, but the JL still signed off on the United Nations having the Justice League International.

And when does this story take place, because over in the JLI, Batman is okay with the International League, but in this story he’s completely against it?

This doesn’t feel like part of the DCU and it feels like barely any time has passed between the end of #6 and this issue.

And I don’t like how much of a Deus Ex Machina Cyborg was in this issue. How did he learn all that about their mysterious enemy? He knew everything about the villian from just a couple seconds of fighting the spore creatures? And talk about a throw away villian, we didn’t even see him defeated.

This issue was more about Steve Trevor then the League, which seems an odd way to start off with the first present day issue. For the most part the League comes off looking immature and Trevor… I felt sorry for him. Most of it, he comes off as pathetic, needing the JL to save him. The whole issue could have been stronger.

I love Gene Ha’s work and he’s in top form in this issue. I hope he continues as the fill-in artist for when Jim Lee needs it. I almost like his work better, but Lee’s work fits the bombastic nature of the title better.

Justice League #7 receives
3 out of 5

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