You know those old crime dramas you watch from the 1960s and ”˜70s on free TV because the ones you really like are in rerun or cancelled? Well, imagine taking all the fun out of that 1970s show that you loved and making it into one of the shows from last fall that has already been cancelled. And now it is playing on the network.
That, in a nutshell, is the boring saga of Justice League International #10.
If there is an example of how not to do a comics team book, this should be included therein. Our team of hapless heroes come together only to part ways, Avengers-style, but then immediately get back together to battle the Burners, the most lopsided villains this side of the Ant Hill Gang in The Perils of Penelope Pitstop!
I am sure scribe Dan Jurgens tries his best here, but characters talk as if it were a senior play and things are just downright generic and stiff. I can imagine some Super Friends scripts that might’ve sounded this way, but then I can imagine some that I am sure sounded much better.
I felt sorry for artist Aaron Lopresti, who does a fine job in keeping this book looking nice and passing New 52 muster. But folks, the story has to be good as well and sadly, Mr. Lopresti cannot do it for the JLI by himself.
To echo what one of the characters says (or along those lines): “I wish there was a way to go back and make things right.”
Unfortunately, there is not.