There is an awful lot to like about the story in Justice League 40. The League, and the Justice League of America, wind up trapped on the Watchtower as its orbit decays, and struggle to figure out a way for them to survive.
About half of the issue is devoted to the League’s members discussing their abilities, and whether the goal should be to risk everyone on the chance of having them all live, or whether to opt to save only a few, in a less chancey way.
Cyborg is now the leader of the team, and the one who has to make the call.
There is only one thing I disliked about this issue. The conversation I just mentioned takes place while the Watchtower is losing height, and the heroes all seem remarkably content to stand around and talk, sometimes about their emotions and personal situations, before taking any action. That kind of pushed my buttons. It’s a really fortunate thing that Priest makes the discussion compelling enough to overcome the awkwardness of this.
The latter half of the story has Cyborg make the most of the varied abilities of the League members in order to save them. He proves himself a more than competent leader, which is great, but the sequence also highlights the way that powers which seem to be useless in such a crazy specific situation actually prove critical, when applied in the right ways.
Generally those kinds of insights are given to the more tactical warrior characters, but it suits the living computer guy just as well.
So if, when you are reading this, you find the same problem that I did, just push on. One weakness does not pull this tale down.