The Justice League. What's in a name?
This question might be at the forefront of Geoff Johns' mind at present judging by the last years worth of material in the eponymous book of the title, with a look at the way the group struggles with internal strife being saturation coverage of the evil Crime Syndicate, in turn followed by the current events which see none other than Lex Luthor inducted into the League's ranks - on a reasoning that is best described as half-baked and unconvincing.
Faced with the arrival of the odious Niles Caulder and his unfortunates in the Doom Patrol the stage is gradually set for a contest of wills and moral conviction between Luthor and Batman, who can subdue the dangerously unstable new wielder of the otherworldly Power-Ring? And given her psychological state what lace in the world, or indeed the league, does this woman have? Can the concept that the Justice League embodies bend a sinner into becoming a saint?
The material which Geoff Johns presents in this title of late is rather worrying in both content and intention. We have had incarnations and divisions in the Justice League which have centered around some extraordinary concepts, a Justice League of Aliens for instance, right now there is a Justice League for sorcerors, but is a Justice League for villains such as Power Ring, Captain Cold, and Lex Luthor, not in fact an INjustice League?
Despite the strong visuals of Doug Mankhe arriving on the title this is a book that remains obtuse, more focused on being controversial and baffling than being about the World's Greatest Superheroes. In the short term the battle of wit between Batman and Lex Luthor are quite interesting to look at, but in a group that boasts the Alpha-males of Superman, Batman, and soon Hal Jordan is it really a credible suggestion that Luthor with all his superiority and resources would opt to be put into this situation in the first place...? Putting himself into a position where the greatest moral champions of our age have him firmly in hand and have the capability to destroy him quite easily if/when they so choose?
The whole concept for this storyline is seemingly more concerned with sensation than actual plausibility.
I don't know, I see it as Luthor trying to prove he can handle the big boys (even when there are so many). To me Luthor's ego is loving this "game". He gets to pit his intellectual might against the best whose powers overwhelming strength, speed, and an intellectual brillance close to his own. These powers are imbodied in Superman, Batman, Hal, and really anyone else they throw out there. Luthor's Ego (Pride) is his greatest weakness. He truely believes he can overcome/destroy these other individuals because they can't possibly be on par with him.
I enjoyed Batman not throwing a punch to beat Power ring. He talked to the lady, got her to trust him enough to calm her fears. Sure there was fighting going around, but in this instance Batman showed he can out think Luthor.
To each there own, but I thought it was a good read.