Sad Way To Go

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Justice League of America #33
Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Art by Rags Morales

Um…what? I am really not sure what this was about. This whole storyline has been convoluted and confusing even without Ed Benes’s art. This isn’t even a conclusion and I am pretty sure this is McDuffie’s last issue. A lot could be said about DC’s mishandling of McDuffie on this title but really…even if you take into account the editorial interference the guy hasn’t written a very good story for this team. Ever. That may not be his fault. I did like last issue but this, this had too many characters and too many plot points I just did not enjoy it. What a sad way for McDuffie to leave this title.

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Reintroducing A Cosmic Vampire

jla29

Justice League of America #29
Written by Len Wein
Art by Chris Cross

Until that last page, I believed this issue was just filler and had nothing to do with the ongoing storyline in this series. I was wrong, as the last page shows it is Starbreaker who is the boss of Shadow Thief, who Hawkman warned about last issue. So who better to reintroduce an old JLA villain then an old JLA writer, Len Wein. Wein definitely writes in a very retro style. For old fans, this type of writing is probably very refreshing. But for people like me, who don’t remember a time when comics were written like this. It just seems…well…lame and out of place in this book. I hate to say it. But I really don’t need to have Superman explain in thought bubbles everything he does. That is not to say it is bad, just very very retro. It was cool to see Aquaman kick some ass though. And it was a nice break from Benes art.