By Deejay Dayton
Mar 22, 2018 - 13:53
Christopher Priest drops the League right into a no-win political situation in the latest issue of Justice League.
Actually, it’s the Watchtower that gets dropped, landing near the border of rival African nations. The Leaguers wind up having to deal not only with their number one Fan, but also with the government of the country the Watchtower is now in, and refugees from the neighbouring nation. As if that were not enough, the Red Lion, DC’s version of Black Panther, also gets into the fray.
While the last issue upped the stakes for the League politically, with Cyborg’s testimony, this issue puts the League into the middle of an impossible situation. No matter what actions they take to protect the remains of the Watchtower they will make enemies of those on the ground.
Remarkably, despite the superheroes and high tech, the story does highlight some of the actual problems faced in Africa, with boundaries and borders set during colonial times, impacting the lives of the people now living there.
I guess I also ought to mention the cliffhanger. It’s a darn good one, a realistic feeling event, though not one I recall having seen before.
Politics seems to have become a dirty word in comic books. It shouldn’t be. As with any medium, powerful stories, commenting on contemporary issues, can be told as enjoyable, wild romps. Priest is doing that with his run on Justice League, and doing it well.
Rating: 9 /10