So Bryan Hitch and Tony Daniel bring the first story arc to an end in Justice League 5. I’m glad. One can only hope for better things from here on in.
As with the previous issues of this tale, the various League members work mostly on their own against the join threats of the Kindred and the Purge. Aquaman finally gets to do something, after so many issues hovering around with his precious crystals. And though Daniel makes his section as visually exciting as he can, Aquaman still really doesn’t do that much. Superman gets rid of the extinction machines at the Earth’s core.
I guess, to be fair, I should point out that Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman and Cyborg get joined by the Green Lanterns for the big finale against both the Purge and the Kindred. But it’s all really kind of obvious and by the numbers. There may be a lot of dynamic art, but not a lot of dynamic storytelling.
For this whole story arc I just kept thinking about a story from the early 70s Justice League, in which they faced the Equalizer Plague, and then the weird aliens, the Adaptoids. Even though it was painfully obvious to me, and I was quite young, it took the heroes about four issues to figure out that they just had to use the Equalizer Plague against the Adaptoids to wipe out both of them. This whole Kindred/Purge thing has felt the same way, even if the solution is not quite so easy.
Still, in time perhaps I will come to view this storyline more fondly. There are a few hints that it is part of the bigger picture, part of Rebirth in some way. And the teaser about The Forever Crisis excited me in a way that nothing else in this story did.