The GeeksverseJustice League #12

Justice League #12
Published on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by

The biggest moment of this issue has been revealed already. Does it live up to the hype?

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Jim Lee & Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, David Finch
Inked by: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Jonathan Glapion, Mark Irwin, Matt Banning, Rob Hunter, Joe Weems, Alex Garner & Trevor Scott
Colored by: Alex Sinclair, Gabe Eltaeb, Tony Avina, Sonia Oback & Pete Pantazis
Lettered by: Patrick Brosseau
Cover by: A & B- Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair
Assistant Editor: Katie Kubert
Editor: Brian Cunningham

So we all know that this issue starts the relationship between Superman and Wonder Woman. So we all want to know how it happens. Does it flow naturally? Does it make sense in the context of the story? Was it worth the hype?

We’ll get to that in a minute. First we’ll take about the main thrust of the story, the conclusion to the Graves story. There was alot of build-up for Graves and the “Villain’s Story” arc. A lot of build-up and no pay off. This concludes with a whimper. It feels like a waste. Graves was trying to show that the Justice League was human after all? So?

Like much about this title, it comes across as forced. The opening news item, used to bring readers up to speed, was badly written and felt hokey. So did the rest of the issue. Just a let down. Not that the build-up was that great to begin with, but this was a major let down.

Even the quitting of a member feels out of place and poorly done. The team’s been together for five years and nothing like this has come up before? They’ve been the model of a perfect super group for five years prior to this? I just don’t buy it. It’s too long a span of time for these issues in the team to have not surfaced before.

The same with the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship. Why haven’t they done anything about it before? There’s been no evidence of an attraction in prior issues. How long ago was Wonder Woman’s relationship with Steve Trevor? How long ago did he become the liason with the Justice League? Recently? Five years ago?

If five years ago, that there is still tension between Trevor and Wonder Woman just highlights that Johns writes this series not taking into account the span of five years.

I don’t like the idea of Superman and Wonder Woman together. I don’t think he’s a good match for her and I don’t think he’s someone that she would pursue a relationship with. So I was already approaching this from a negative light, I’ll be honest about that, but nothing in this issue made me change that feeling. The way it was portrayed, it just didn’t come across naturally. And I don’t buy the whole “I’m alone” thing. They’ve been doing this, being super heroes, for five plus years now. Neither one of them is alone. They have a team of like-minded people around them. It just doesn’t feel natural.

Forced media event.

The art in this issue was rushed. Obviously so. No where near Lee’s best work and the multiple inkers and colorists definately do not help. I’d almost the book be late than have this art turned in. Some of the pages don’t even look like Lee, and I’m not talking about the epilogue and “what’s coming” pages done by Reis and Finch.

Like most of the Justice League so far, this issue was disappointing.

Justice League #12 receives
2.5 out of 5

5 Responses
    • I wouldn’t expect this to live up to the hype.

      • It honestly feels like something that was thought up at the last minute.

        • The hype was manufactured as a media event, but I’ve read very little praises anticipating this pairing. Some fan-boys said, “oh, yeah, I wanted this when I was 12,” but usually with the chagrin that they shouldn’t be letting 12 year old decide how to direct this story. It’s a shame that when they finally brought these two together it won’t be memorable. Now, if they’ll just have sex in the invisible plane the 12 years would be happy…they already know that punchline.

          • A lot of reviews that I’ve read so far, whether negative or positive, have praised that moment. So, I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for.

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