Posted by:
Byron Brewer

Review: Justice League of America #6


If you had the fear that Trinity War was only going to be Civil War II with heroes fighting heroes ad nauseam, rest easy. In Justice League of America #6, the event's second chapter, writer Geoff Johns pulls back and lets recent happenings soak in for the crime fighters.
Two things are especially in the minds of the Justice League: the forced manslaughter of Doctor Light by Superman and the ramifications of an actual Pandora's Box releasing evils upon the world (again, as example, see the Man of Steel).
The interpretation of both these happenstances allows for a great juxtaposition between the League's own "trinity": Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Indeed, it is these personal interpretations that eventually leads Diana to Justice League Dark, forming yet another trinity in this multi-faceted event.
I applaud the manner in which Johns is handling the death of Doctor Light. Supes is losing none of his heroism; indeed, it is his well-respected heroism (even among the JLA members) that brings the constant shock element.
The exchange between Superman and Martian Manhunter is especially interesting, letting the reader know that even the characters of the New 52 have past histories.
Of course, of special interest is the use of the Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Phantom Stranger and the Question. The latter as the narrator of Parts 1 and 2 has been very effective. Pandora was a catalyst for the Superman shocker. And it seems the Stranger has yet to make an appearance.
The arrival of Doug Mahnke to the JLA brings the best and most competent art yet, letting the action flow smoothly and really strengthens Johns' character moments.
All in all, a great second chapter in DC's biggest crossover in the New 52. Let's hope Justice League Dark #22 fares as well.