Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: Justice League of America, Vol. 2: Survivors of Evil by Matt Kindt, Doug Mahnke (Illustrations), Christian Alamy (Illustrations)

Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: DC
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads

As the smoke clears from the Trinity War, one thing looks disturbingly clear, the members of the Justice League of America are dead, betrayed by one of their own.
But as with the Trinity War, all is not what it seems. Martian Manhunter and Star Girl have lived to fight another day and find themselves trapped on an alien world that is under the control of a group of super-villains. The key to their survival may lie in the hands of the super-villain Despero, but will these heros be able to find it within themselves to trust soemone who is supposed to be their mortal enemy?
This volume collects issues #8-14.

Stargirl saves the Justice League!
So, raise your hand if you are interested in the inner workings of Stargirl's mind?
Let me take a look... 
Hmm. Oddly enough, I'm not seeing any hands in the air.

Alrighty, considering the main character of this thing was freakin' Stargirl, it wasn't as painful to read as you might imagine. No, I'm not saying that this was worthwhile, captivating, remotely plausible, or even interesting. It just didn't hurt me to get through it.

The saving grace was that the other main character in the story was Martian Manhunter. And when he's in a title, it never truly sucks.
He's like the anti-Hawkman.
J'onn's true power lies in his ability to breath life into otherwise dead stories, whereas Hawkman kills titles with his furry shoulders and beaky gold mask.
No one, not even the Martian could totally save this one, but at least the suckage wasn't complete.

The purpose of this story is to tell what happened to the Justice League (who we care about) and the JLA (who we don't care about) during the time that the Forever Evil stuff was going on.
At the end of The Trinity War, the JLA and Justice League all got sucked into oblivion supposedly.
In reality, they were all stuck inside Firestorm, who had been turned into a bomb...or something like that.
Stargirl and Manhunter have somehow formed a psychic link that allows them to communicate to each other while they are inside of this strange Mind Prison. And they have to battle their way through their own pain and guilt in order to save the world. But at least they have each other.
Blah, blah, blah.

I've got to give Kindt credit, he really tried to make the reader give a shit about Stargirl.
Unfortunately, I hate her more now than I did before I read this.
She's a blonde haired blue-eyed teenager from the 'burbs. And she's super-perky.
She got mad when her mom's boyfriend ( apparently a pretty nice guy) moved in with her and her little brother.
You're not my DADDY!
So she stole some super-powered stuff out of his locked trunk.
Now she's got a Flight Belt. And something that looks like some kind of a jacked-up cross between a trident and a spear...that squirts lightning.
Boo! Hiss! Get off the stage!
Her tragic past was laughably easy to figure out, so I'm not even going to bother tagging this as a spoiler. She went off to fight a bad guy, and while she was gone, a villain attacked her home, and killed one of  the three people left in her house. I'm pretty sure I was supposed to be biting my nails until the Big Reveal, but...
Let's see, could it be mom's boyfriend?
Nope. She needs him to help 'train' her.
Hmmm. Could it be her mother?
Nope. 'Cause otherwise, the boyfriend wouldn't be able to train her, due to the fact that he's not her legal guardian.
So. That leaves us with a dead little brother.
Poor kid should have known something was up when they told him to put on a red shirt, and gave him a name tag that said, "Hello, My Name is Crewman #8".

In the end, I still don't know how the hell they actually managed to escape, but I haven't had a chance to read volume 5 of the Justice League title, so maybe that will clear things up.
Best guess as of right now?
Stargirl's innocence, youth, and her can-do attitude somehow gave everyone the strength to fight their way out.
Or not?

Wait! It's not over just yet!
Before they could call this title quits permanently, Green Arrow had to run around begging everyone to pwease Stay Together. 'Cause begging seems to have worked so well for him in the past. This wasn't a surprising move on his part, but it was another pathetic side note to add to his overall lackluster history with New 52.
Why does DC hate him so much?
Anyone? Anyone?

Survivors of Evil wasn't the worst thing I've ever read, but I wouldn't recommend it, either.
However, if you feel the need to understand all of what happened before, during, and after Trinity War, then you could possibly consider this one a must-read.


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