Justice League #28
Author: Bryan Hitch
Penciler: Fernando Pasarin
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Oh? Judging by the cover, you expected to see cyborg Aquaman take on the League? Sorry, folks. Move along. Nothing to see here.
The Justice League’s kids are here from the future and the League is showing them around. Of course, the kids came back from the future to warn of and try to stop an impending disaster that would doom the world. Batman is assaulted in the Batcave by the future Aquaman/Cyborg amalgam.
Hunter is having dinner with the Kents (Clark, Lois, and their son, Jonathan). Jon is really excited for Hunter to be there, it’s like having a big brother suddenly. Under water, at Aquaman’s lighthouse, Mera and her daughter bond (and apparently, there’s something going on between Dory and Hunter). At the Foundry in Metropolis, Cube talks with both his dad and his grandfather. At Barry’s apartment, he and Jessica Cruz put the twins to bed (who are now glowing blue, the color of hope) and watch Nora fall asleep almost immediately, cuddled up against her dad.
In Midway City, Simon Boz (the only League member without a kid) is helping with the cleanup. At Trevor’s insistence, he scans for pathogens, trying to figure out why these people killed each other. And upon scanning different frequencies and such, he finds black tendrils connecting all the bodies and even the helicopters lifting off. He isn’t infected though, neither is Trevor. But as he begins to lift off, he hears whispers. “feast.” “Feed.” He looks around, thinking he heard something.
At Clark’s home, Hunter retires to his room. He and Clark talk some more. He explains that Clark’s son died fighting in the future. Lois died at some point too. It’s hard to hear, but Clark seems to have his traditional optimism. They’ll stop it. They’ll find a way.
On the watchtower, Wonder Woman reviews the footage from after the Kindred incident. She is concerned about the war in the future and the darkness. But most of all, as she muses out loud, she is concerned that she was the antagonist in that war. That the Justice League fought against her and she was the reason for the horrible future.
Unfortunately, Cube is eavesdropping. He immediately relays what he heard from Wonder Woman to Hunter. And Hunter decides they have one choice: to kill Wonder Woman.
I’ve made no secret of the issue I have with the Justice League meeting their kids. Of all of them, Flash and Cruz should be having the most difficulty considering that it essentially cements their relationship which is still relatively new. I mean, if I started dating someone and then found out that I was destined to have THREE kids with them, I would be a little miffed. There’s more to parenting than just thinking someone’s fun to be around. So for them to fall into this role so easily completely stretches the believability of this entire arc…and that’s saying a lot for a comic book.
But luckily, this issue doesn’t focus too much on them or even Cyborg. We get some interesting developments with Hunter, find out some of what happens in the future. Maybe if we had an artist that could frame it a bit better, I’d be more impressed, but Pasarin just isn’t giving me the emotions he should be in the pictures. But like I’ve said, I’m most interested in Hunter so I’m willing to overlook the art. And Hunter pretty much fills the expectation I had. He’s going to be the bad guy. Not necessarily in his (or the Junior League’s) eyes but if he’s going to pre-emptively murder Wonder Woman, I’d say that puts him in the villain category. I’m curious how the next issue will work this in.
I can tell Hitch is playing the long game, planting seeds, looking at the next issues down the road, but this issue was once again fairly boring…except for Boz’s scenes. Seeing those tendrils and then the whispering made me want to skip all the drama with the kids and just look to see what was going to happen.
But the biggest problem with this issue? What the %$^& was up with the cover? Aquaman??!!! He wasn’t in this issue at all! The cover makes it seem like we’re getting a continuation of last issue’s cliffhanger, but we got NOTHING. I don’t know if this was an unexpected filler issue or what, but that’s gotta be one of the biggest bait and switch moves I’ve ever seen.
After such a great ending to last issue, I expected to finally get more. But instead we get just talking. And talking. And more talking. There are ways to balance out action and dialogue and to move the story along, but this just fails at it. And that cover. Oh, that cover! Still, we get some build-up, so this story wasn’t a complete loss.