What is this all about?
‘AFTERLIVES’ part four! With the Justice League locked out of reality, the secret mastermind behind their predicament makes his move on the world of the living. Luckily (or unluckily), the JL is trapped in the afterlife with Felix Faust, who works with the heroes to fight their way out of limbo! The team-up no one saw coming kicks off in this extra-sized epic!
This issue of the Justice League feels clunky. It’s mostly narrated by Molly as she talks to Batman about a growing threat. The writer of this issue, Bryan Hitch, fails to mention or even hint at who Batman is talking to. He’s just talking to some crazy lady that’s about to get locked away forever. It took me a while to figure out who this person was. It’s Molly, and for some reason, she’s setting the stage for big things. Random… She begins by talking about a being called Shirak, who a millennia ago, was defeated by the Green Lanterns. He would take over worlds and turn their inhabitants into his zombie army. Molly talks about the multiverse, Hypertime, etc.
Obviously setting the stage for our Dark Days event, but it feels so undeserved. Like Hitch is just vomiting out pieces of the framework for this great story-arc that is upon us. Molly mentions rebirths, flashpoints, crisis’… it’s like dude, Hitch, slow down. I haven’t read a single issue of any other book that made me not excited for Dark Days until I read this rushed crap. Back to this Shirak guy. Before he was destroyed by the Green Lanterns a piece of him was preserved and he rises again. This time through some teacher that is on a field trip with his students that Cyborg and Simon Baz happen to be on.
At this point in reading the issue, I’m wondering when it will be over because I’m not feeling it at all. Baz fights Shirak one-on-one while Cyborg gets the children to safety and alerts the Justice League. They defeat Shirak and then Cyborg immediately gets an emergency service alert, a large scale meta human event where people are dying. The issue ends on Molly saying to Batman “the end is here….you brought it on everyone.” Whatever Molly…
I found Molly’s narration awkward and boring to read. Hitch can’t seem to bring the Justice League together. More than he just makes it about a few characters with a cameo from the other members.
This whole issue feels rushed from the setting up of Metal tie-ins to a villain who was introduced and defeated in a matter of a couple pages. You can tell they are trying to make Molly seem like this dark, mysterious, badass who knows….things….but I can’t take her seriously no matter how hard I try. Just when you thought Justice League was picking up again, they release this… Don’t waste your money on this one.
Reviewed by Justin Swenson
Justice League #25
Written by Brian Hitch
Art by: Tom Derenick, Andy Owens, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: July 19, 2017