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Subj: Justice League United #16
Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 at 02:36:41 am EST (Viewed 388 times)
Is anyone out there reading this book I wonder...?
It isn't one I follow devotedly but after a rather fun storyline with Paul Pelletier illustrating a time travel story that incorporated the likes of Enemy Ace and Sgt Rock in a battle against Vandal Savage this month serves up a standalone tale focusing on Alana and Adam Strange.
With the like it or hate it art of Travel Foreman I found this one tough going as it assumes knowledge and concern over Adam Strange's recent history that I simply don't have. Adam Strange has become trapped in the 'Zeta Dimension' after a recent storyline and Alanna has to find out where he is and free him, a love story then...
But as we learn more about her origin and the role of Sardath I found it all too disconnecting, as it delivers a treatment on the characters that is typical of the new DCU, that is - a reimagining of their traditional history and an assumption that the audience will be fine with it. I wasn't. I found it offputting. The reveal about Alanna's parentage dilutes the very appeal of 'Adam Strange' as a concept, though it must be said no one who has used him in the last 15 or more years have shown any grasp of understanding what that appeal was and is - a streamlined take on Egdar Burrough's John Carter:Warlord of Mars, but with a more identifiable lead man and a tragic romantic tale of lovers doomed to be kept apart. Adam Strange as originally conceived by Julius Schwartz and Murphy Anderson was science-fiction escapism at its finest in comics, as he was standing in for you and me, and didn't we wish we had his fantastic life and problems instead or ours...
The one thing I can unequivocally praise about the book is the standalone nature of this issue, a tale done in one is a rare thing at DC and Marvel today so congratulations to writer Jeff Parker for choosing that. But wait, Final Issue according to DC Comics' website...?
Ah well. No surprise really, Justice League titles outside of the Geoff Johns' central book do now have a set pattern of being lucky to last beyond a year.
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