Justice League 38 is an interesting issue, I can say that with certainty. On the downside, I also felt consistently like I was missing something. Aquaman’s abrupt change into his rarely seen blue and white costume really added to my puzzlement, though perhaps I was making too much of it.
This issue sees Batman leave the team, and the discussions of the various members of the League about this, and their reactions, comprise much of the story. The best element of that is Simon Baz’s discomfort about Batman taking Jessica Cruz to lunch.
The most entertaining, and most clear cut, part of the tale centres on the Flash. His protestations about the difference between a scientist and an engineer is fun, and his race through the void of space is the best action in the tale.
Overall I am enjoying this story, although it feels like it could be a bit clearer. On the other hand, I feel fairly confident that Priest will explain all as the tale goes on.
The team’s fan, who caused so much trouble for them in the last issue, is talked about a lot in this one, but doesn’t actually do anything.
One big problem for me came on the second last page, a scene that really goes against the continuity of one of the characters involved, although I won’t say who and ruin it.
But on the plus side, the story concludes with a new leader of the team being appointed, a choice I heartily approve of.