Fables (Justice League of America #22 Comic Book Review)

Deadly Fable

Writer: Steve Orlando

Pencils: Neil Edwards

Inks: Daniel Henriques

Colors: Hi-Fi

Letters: Clayton Cowles

Cover: Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

Last time, on JLA: Caitlin Snow’s dreams and darkest wishes were literally granted, as she woke up to a natural, ice-free complexion, cured of her frosty disposition for the first time.

This time: Caitlin dreams of a snow-bitten landscape of death and suffering, as a figure called Tsaritsa coaxes her into giving up her icy curse so that she won’t suffer like the mysterious voice’s long-dead sister. As the league faces the cured Caitlin, she has little time to explain herself as she falls down and nearly cracks her head open, as a woman dressed in flamboyant armor, Tsaritsa, reveals herself. The goddess wastes no time in trouncing the team and moving on to trounce Happy Harbor, enslaving the league as well as the citizens of the city they’re supposed to protect. Learning a bit about Tsaritsa’s flawed gives some enlightenment, and Caitlin still sits hesitantly at her side, but as the goddess gives on of the leaguers to a fatal end, things aren’t looking up.

Reed Strong’s Strong Read: The wish dreams have been laying in the background and foreground of this book nearly since it begun, and seeing the sinister implications as well as the sinister force behind them is satisfying in a way that was almost shocking. With the way the book goes in-between its major beats from Lord Havoc to the Lords of Order, seeing someone just thoroughly kick ass and take over so quickly is thrilling, and offers an honest sense of dread. The league gets to really unite against a force, but when one of their own is the reason it got a foot into their dimension, the fisticuffs and powers aren’t going to be enough to win this time.

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Reed Strong is a freelance writer and content producer, raised on a strong diet of vegetarian foods, and DC Comics. He can often be found questioning where Booster Gold is this time.
Summary
Tsaritsa brings in a terrifying reign as Happy Harbor goes to their knees, and the Justice League isn't far to follow.
Good
  • Great to see the dreams finally come out to play.
  • Frost gets some more well-needed development.
  • Tsaritsa is fantastic, and terrifying.
Bad
  • Things may go to doom a little too fast for some people.
8
Great
Art - 7
Story - 8
Fluidity - 9
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Reed Strong is a freelance writer and content producer, raised on a strong diet of vegetarian foods, and DC Comics. He can often be found questioning where Booster Gold is this time.

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