RandoMonday: Justice League of America #59

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Justice League of America (2006) #59 by James Robinson (writer), Daniel Sampere (pencils), Wayne Faucher (inks), Andrew Dalhouse (colors), Rob Leigh (letters), Rex Ogle & Eddie Berganza (editors), and Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, & Andrew Dalhouse (cover)

I almost didn’t read this story arc. I had been pretty excited about the Titans characters taking over the Justice League, but the execution of that premise was way off the mark (and part of that blame goes to DC editorial, if you take Mr. Robinson’s word for it). However, for some reason, I stuck with the series, but I recall thinking that this was it if the book didn’t improve. It ended up not mattering because of the New 52 reboot.

The plot is pretty simple: half of the book was Eclipso recounting how he “won” in his fight against the JLA and other heroes, and the rest of the book is showing us the actual fight, and SURPRISE! Eclipso loses because of some confusing reason. Near the end, the Atom makes a speech about how these new Justice Leaguers did good and should remain together as long as they want. Turn the page, and we get a splash page announcing that it’s five weeks later and Batman is announcing the disbanding of the JLA.

I found the writing distracting (especially in the first half, and in the second half, Dick calls Donna “Don”–what?) and certain parts extremely repetitive (why all of the timer narration pieces?). The art is serviceable superhero fair, but nothing all that noteworthy, though preferable to Brett Booth’s work on the title in earlier issues.

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