Well, Bryan Hitch is back just in time for the additional sized anniversary issue of Justice League. Maybe I should have put anniversary because for the life of me, I am not sure what it is a anniversary of, particularly since we started off Rebirth with 2 #1 problems. I guess I am too naive to see that this is merely a means to tack on some additional pages and up the price by a buck…or am I??? Oh well, after not getting any Hitch for nearly two weeks, he’s back and he is bringing of his Classic, Kindred, World Breakers (do I want to go on?!?) Bags with him. Can he use the additional pages given to him here to actually tie one of his stories and create the future of the Justice League look bright? Let’s find out, but I’m guessing you will not need to wear sunglasses…
The issue opens with yet another threat…Shirak. What’s different about him? Well, he’s early and he is a virus and he battled with the Green Lantern Corps and…fine, he is just as generic as all the other big threats we have gotten in this sequence. The problem is, each one we get is supposed to be the biggest baddest mofo to hit the world, until the next one pops up. We receive the 411 on Shirak from Molly… I guess. For all of the things we get thrown in our issue, Molly isn’t mentioned by name. I know it’s not totally Hitch’s fault for the scheduling of this book and how it’s been months since we last saw her, but just have Batman mention her name ONE TIME!!! It’s not that hard, just repeat after me, Molly.
Things pick up a bit as we head off to Vic and Simon helping out Cyborg’s High School field trip. I like these two together, but obviously, things go wrong fast. No, I really don’t mean the art where Simon is worried (yes I do), but a teacher going mad and the whole city being infected…maybe.
Back in Batman and Molly, Hitch provides us hypertime and multiverse talk and it just feels so unearned. We are awaiting the upcoming big things from DC (Metal, Doomsday Clock) and Hitch actually acts like a child who can’t wait for Christmas and wants to open his presents in July. The thing is…his presents suck! From now Molly yells out Crisis, Flashpoint and Rebirths, I was rolling my eyes so much I think my kids thought I was having a seizure. I informed them I was!
Then we understand the revival of Shirak and his immediate attack on Simon followed closely by Bruce and Molly talking the big questions…is there a God? I have a few questions, but I will keep quiet for once.
Shirak proceeds to taunt Simon allowing the Justice League to jump into action. Kudos to Hitch and company for such as Mera, incidentally. The conflict is somewhat quick and somewhat confusing as the League tries to comprise Shirak’s innocent allies and then abruptly are caught. That is the best part, however, because it all continues and Hitch becomes preachy over choice versus predestiny and while that’s all good and well for the professors out there, it does not work here. Here it’s just a fast way to induce an ending to a very fair story…but hey, at least we have a finish. Until the cliffhanger that claims still another end of the world scenario.
As a one shot, this isn’t the worst issue of this sequence. We don’t get a start, middle and end that is not quite as common as you’d think around these parts, but the sum of it all does not amount to a lot. Actually, Shirak never feels like a threat mainly because his converting normal folks to fight for him isn’t given enough time to sink in. By the time Simon figures out how to down him, he feels as a joke.
In addition, I want to point out the biggest defect of Hitch’s entire run…he could never get everybody involved. This issue pretty much is all Batman, Cyborg and Simon and when the remainder do show up, it is similar to a cameo than anything else.
I am usually a fan of Tom Derenick, but this issue felt off. I said Simon before, but it’s all of the character models and the fundamental backgrounds don’t give the book the epic feel that the writing additionally fails to provide us.
Justice League #25 Review
Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Tom Derenick, Andy Owens, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Bits and Pieces:
The villain is barely put up before being defeated and afterward I was left wondering how and why. How was he defeated and why do I bother with this novel anymore. Everything concerning this issue screamed mediocrity and how it is a buck more than usual is icing on the cake. Avoid this book and this show until DC gets the change which Justice League fans deserve. Shout from the Get Fresh Crew who know what this score actually means!
SCORE : 5.0/10