DC Comics Seems More About Villainy than Heroism these Days


 

The Valdosta Daily Times turned out another sugary puff piece about comics, here being Justice League: No Justice, a title that’d have to be quite fitting, coming at the time this story did:

 

The Justice League has faced plenty of cosmic crises and threats through the years in hundreds of stories.

 

They’ve also faced plenty of terrible misuse in the past nearly 3 decades by writers and editors who had no idea how to script them well.

 

But in the mini-series “Justice League: No Justice,” the threat is so overwhelming that Superman, the Flash, Batman, Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, Green Arrow and other Justice League members are recruited by Superman villain Brainiac.

In turn, the Justice League must team with the Teen Titans and recruit bad guys such as Lex Luthor and Sinestro, along with rogues such as Etrigan the Demon, Harley Quinn and Lobo to stave off a galaxy-crushing force.

 

Gee, I wonder why we’re supposed to care about villains supposedly concerned about menaces seemingly worse than they are? And why are we supposed to be impressed Harley Quinn is part of this storyline too? Again, we have here a case of a villainess with a potentially deadly background shoehorned into an overrated event just for some kind of virtue-signaling.

 

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc., split into teams with these desperate and disparate characters to face the four forces of the universe: Mystery, Wonder, Wisdom and Entropy.

It all coalesces after the events of the “Dark Nights: Metal,” a DC Comics mega-crossover storyline.

 

And doesn’t that tell what’s wrong with this picture? It builds off of but an example from an endless stream of line-wide crossovers that don’t amount to anything inspiring; just an excuse to flood the markets with a desperate attempt to encourage buyers to purchase almost every possible issue in connection.

 

A team of several writers and artists create a fairly well-balanced tale that, unlike many of these massive comic book events, relies on character development as well as galaxy-shifting plot lines.

It’s interesting to see these characters wrestle with their moral differences and animosity toward each other to work as a team then smaller groups to save the Earth as well as galaxies.

“No Justice” does justice to them all.

 

Oh please, don’t make me laugh. Considering villains are part of the spotlight here, that undermines whatever alleged character development the columnist wants us to believe exists in the tale. And he doesn’t even dwell on whether it’s plausible developments in store. Again, let’s consider the inclusion of HQ and even Sinestro. What do we honestly need criminals like them for in a tale like this? They certainly don’t need justice done for them, except to put them on trial for their crimes in-story. As a result, I’d say no justice was done at all, much like the title implies.

 

Originally published here.


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Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1

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