Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Justice League of America #22

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Justice League of America #22

Well, this wasn't too bad. I didn't enjoy it as much as the last two issues, but that is mainly because the art was so good in those books, and now we have Benes back, and frankly, I think that he's dragging this book down. In the opening sequence, we are looking on as Red Tornado discusses his impending resurrection with Black Canary...OOPS! It ISN'T Black Canary at all, but actually Kathy, his wife. You wouldn't have known that until you read through a lot of dialogue however.

But anyway, stuff happens, they are going to put Reddy's conciousness back into a new body, which was an Amazo body, and that turns out to be a spectacularly bad idea, and Black Canary actually acts like the leader for a change, and Vixen 'fesses up to her shenanigans. This is all well and good, but what I REALLY enjoyed for some odd reason, was the fight between Hawkgirl and Roy.

Not that I enjoy watching these two nitwits beat each other up, but because it led to Superman and Green Lantern dispensing advice for the lovelorn.


This...this just cracks me up. Hal bloviating in his usual loveable fashion about how fabulous he is, and Superman patiently listening to a story that he's probably heard forty times before...but being polite about it.

"Right, right."


And Kendra also being so polite.

Hal of course jumps right in with advice, and he and Roy naturally see eye-to-eye...until Superman can't stand all the testosterone any longer and steps in with a few quiet words of wisdom. Roy of course hasn't a clue, and neither does Hal.


Ok...Hal's starting to get it...a little. Roy is STILL clueless, so Superman tells a charming little anecdote about he and Lois fighting over the dishes masked the real problem. Of course Roy just HAS to start burbbling about Kryptonite...because he's an IDIOT! It really isn't completely his fault, and I am very fond of Roy, but when you're raised by Ollie and Hal, sensitivity is not going to be your strong point.

Let's hope that when Superman gets to the point, Roy will actually shut up a minute and think about what he's really saying. Hal should shut up and listen too.

And THAT'S why I liked this issue. Oh, and Batman actually getting caught off-guard was enjoyable too.


At 10:52 AM, Blogger wanders said...

I love reading your commentary on JLA... My favorite since 1970.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Hey, THANKS for posting this, Sally! I haven't actually picked up an issue of JLA in a while, and I was kinda curious about the conversation between Roy, Supes, and Hal, since everyone's been talking about it.:-)

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Shelly said...

I enjoyed it because something actually seemed to be happening. I like Benes's art, so that doesn't factor into my enjoying the issue or not. If there's nothing happening, or if the story is just serving as a springboard for something elsewhere, as we've had mostly since McDuffie took over, then it's been boring. This wasn't boring.

I wonder if this means Roy is finally over both Cheshire and Donna.

At 7:08 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I love Roy, I really do, but he really HAS to grow up eventually. Of course so do Ollie and Hal, but that's a post for another day.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger Shelly said...

With Roy, I think it's starting to become the way it was with Ollie back in the '60s and '70s. It depends who writes him. Each writer focuses on a different aspect of his personality. Brad wrote him well. Judd usually writes him well. He'll always have a streak of immaturity, but he can be solid. The issue with him and Mari trapped in the sunken building really showed that side of him.

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Evie said...

Yeah, Benes was one of our picks for "Crap of the Week" on our podcast. Black Canary's defining moment as team leader, and it's nothing but ASS. What a ninny he is.

At 4:07 AM, Blogger Siskoid said...

Those opening pages with Red Tornemo...

Like you, I thought it was Canary (Benes only has one stock face, really), and then she said something about having sex with Reddy. Whoah!

Kathy or Canary, that's still something I'd rather not have to think about. Or, for that matter, that the Tornado peeks on teammates having sex.

At 6:50 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

The idea that Red Tornado is watching everybody...ALL the time is a little creepy. And they thought having Guy was bad!

At 9:53 PM, Blogger notintheface said...

(Insert Michael Jackson voice here)
" I always feel like


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