Issue 29 is the final issue of this run of Justice League of America. Or, as I have come to think of it, Justice League of the Atom. It’s not bad. Nor has this run been. But like the overall run, it leaves me feeling like there just could have been more.
The issue crosses over, in a way, with this week’s Doom Patrol, and I found the two stories together made me a bit more interested in Ahl, the God of Heroes. That was a good thing, helped me enjoy this one more than the previous issue.
But the element I liked best I the book, the creation of the Justice Foundation, was also the most disappointing. I truly would love to see that team, but I highly doubt I will. I suspect it will fall by the wayside, and the various members will show up in other books, and the very existence of the group will be forgotten.
I also get the feeling that Steve Orlando had bigger plans for the book. That the focus on the two Atoms was not intended to be the main thrust of the entire series. But the abrupt ending that this comes to turned it into that, and I feel slighted that other members of the group were not given as much play as they might have.
Most specifically, I was really hoping for a good same sex relationship to develop between the Ray and Xenos. That would have been really pushing the envelope for a Justice League book, but there wasn’t enough time for this to really play out.
One can only really feel disappointment in a story when it comes so close to being really good. I have enjoyed the line-up, the storytelling, most of the villains, and the art on this run of Justice League of America. But the brevity of the run prevented this book from being all that it might have been.