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Comic Review: Justice League #26

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 12:01 am by Zakk Saam

Cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Rod Reis.

Cover by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, and Rod Reis.

Written by: Geoff Johns

Pencils by: Ivan Reis

Inks by: Rob Hunter and Andy Lanning

Colors by: Rod Reis, Tomeu Morey, and Tony Avina

Published by DC Comics     






Justice League #26 hit stores this Christmas Eve as one of two releases from DC Comics (the other being Forever Evil #4), and I must saw that I would rather have gotten coal in my stocking than this issue.  Okay, it’s not that bad, but I surely didn’t enjoy it. Justice League takes place immediately following the events of Forever Evil #4, JL‘s cover making a special nod to the events of its current sister series, and yet has almost nothing to do with it.  Written by Geoff Johns (Green LanternJSA), and narrated by Grid, the robot who was at first just a programming anomaly inside of Cyborg’s suit, we explore the origins of some of the members of the Crime Syndicate.  In the way of plot, this issue doesn’t progress much in any notable way until the reveal at the end.  Instead, Johns prefers to skim over the creations of Johnny Quick, Atomica, Power Ring, and Deathstorm, as Grid attempts to learn how to feel emotions.  Frankly, I did’t care about any of these characters before this issue, and I still don’t.

Pencils were provided by Ivan Reis (Green LanternGhost), and they don’t disappoint.  I enjoy the looks portrayed by Reis for Grid and Power Ring especially.  Grid at first glance appears demon and assertive, but take a closer look and Grid appears almost sad, or at least pantomiming sadness, as he attempts to learn emotions from the others.


Colors were done by the team of Rod Reis, Tomeu Morey, and Andy Avina.  The choice to go with a team of colorists as opposed to just one seems like a natural one given the number of featured characters, scenes, and locations.  The shifts are clean and undistracting, with the present day scenes using a  cool color palette  while the flashback scenes using wamer palettes.

Deathstorm’s origin seems to be the most interesting of the bunch, which is sad, given that his story was only allotted one story page.  Johnny Quick and Atomica are a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, so you could probably just skip over that one all together if you’ve heard that story before.

Or you could choose the not dying route.

Or you could choose the not dying route.

Overall, Justice League #26 doesn’t develop a plot and in the end doesn’t even have a self-contained story.  By the end our character is no different than before he began, as he views the lives of those around him.  I would stay away from this issue unless you are a completionist and have to get every Forever Evil tie-in.

Story: 5/10

Art: 8/10

Overall: 6.5/10

Spoiler below:
Don’t be fooled by this cover, Sinestro isn’t involved in or even mentioned in this comic.  For shame, DC, for shame.

Justice League #27 is scheduled for release on January 22nd, 2014.

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