Legacy, Bryan Hitch’s big climactic storyline for his run on Justice League, reaches its conclusion in issue 31. Hitch’s run hit a few highs, a lot of lows, and pushed my fan boy devotion to the group to its limit. While I did not hate this final issue of his run, it still didn’t win me over for his tenure on the book.
The fighting is mostly parent vs child in the climax. That is rife for drama, and we do get some. Most of it centres on Wonder Woman, which makes sense. Sovereign is Hippolyta, and Hunter is her son, so she has one extra generation of interpersonal issues to confront.
And, in order to give everyone happy endings and possible returns, a lot of the tension proves to be about misunderstandings. But really, that’s a weak source of conflict.
I did enjoy some of the scenes, particularly with Cyborg. Perhaps it’s just because I keep comparing this with the introduction of Infinity, Inc., but it feels like it comes up short. The group of junior Justice Leaguers are not a group I am burning to see again. They are fine, and I won’t be upset if a later writer resurrects them, but I have no imperative desire for them to get their own book.
In the end, Hitch’s run feels like a lot of build up to nothing. It bothers me that I have been saying that about so many of his issues along the way. I kept trusting that it would all pay off really well. And as legacy got going, I actually thought it would.