I think my favourite part of Steve Orlando’s writing is the little asides and references he makes. Things that, if you are a major comic geek, you catch with excitement, but that, if you are not, would slide by without interrupting your enjoyment of the tale. In this issue, the fact that the story’s focal character appears on a tv show called Impossible…But True fills that bill.
As for the character himself, Makson, or the Man from Monster Valley, or Hamilton Court, is ok. The cover teases the hero-or-villain concept, but it’s fairly easy to see which of those he will become. He is wealthy, skilled, can talk to dinosaurs, and totally charming. The League rescue him at the top of the story, and then do all they can to help him find a place in the world.
Obviously, he is a bad guy.
Batman is the only one who harbours suspicions right from the start. The other members of the team are more than willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. It’s somewhat ironic. They take offense at the way Batman does not trust people, but of course the League is not putting their trust in Batman’s judgement.
Because Orlando devotes most of the story to the new character, most of the Leaguers get only small roles. Even so, Orlando finds the moments of humour, and opportunities for characterization.
The story comes to a strong and effective ending, and I have the sense that I will enjoy what is coming up in this storyline far more than this opening chapter. And, you know, that’s not a bad thing at all.