Usually I really like Orlando’s writing on Justice League of America. I even have the feeling that I might enjoy this storyline with the following issue. But this current issue, number 10, just sort of falls flat for me.
People are having dreams about an entity, the Might Behind the Mirror, who promises to fulfill a wish for them, if they tell the entity’s story. People do this, and get their wishes, but then another character, the Kingbutcher, shows up to destroy these effects, which can have disastrous results.
Not a bad idea, and there is a great ending for the story. This is why I suspect I may still come to like it.
The story develops the Ray, a character I quite enjoy, and gives a cameo to Lobo’s old schoolteacher, a woman central to his first miniseries so many years ago. Again, those are both plusses for me.
But somehow, overall, reading this issue just felt like a long set up, and a slow and relatively unexciting one.
The art was fine, but similarly unexciting. It has to carry some of the guilt for the blah nature of the issue.
Everyone seems to just be sort of going through the paces here. Even the growing conflict between Batman and the rest of the team lacked any spark or development. Essentially, they restate the conflict over Maksan from the previous story arc, and fail to come to any sort of resolution about it.
The best I can say for the issue is that I hope the next one is stronger.