Justice League of America #17 review

JLA 17

I’m just going to come right out and say it… Justice League of America is a waste of time.

I’ve struggled with JLA since its debut, and finally felt that we were going to receive a good story with “Panic in the Microverse.” I fully believed this story would meet the quality we’d expected from the beginning, and change the course of this title. In fact, I’d even say the first three issues of “Panic in the Microverse” successfully accomplished this task… And then we got the back half of the story, where we were forced to suffer through an exposition-filled recap of Ray Palmer’s life in the Microverse, before coming to this frustratingly bad conclusion.

Since the beginning, JLA has suffered from pacing, poor plots, and exposition. I’ve often described Orlando’s stories for this book as feeling more like a synopsis of the story rather than actually getting to experience the story. That same thing is what hinders this issue, and in turn, the entire story of “Panic in the Microverse.” With one issue left to wrap up the story, Orlando quickly knocks through all of the remaining plot points, offering up a sorry excuse for an actual conclusion. I’d hoped “Microverse” would at least serve as a turning point for Justice League of America, and I’m sad to say that we don’t even get that. We just get more crap. Crap plots, crap characterization, and a story that continues to chase its own tail. Even the one redeeming part of “Panic in the Microverse” – Ray Palmer – results in a major disappointment.

Yes, the story does wrap up (through exposition) while also remaining open to a degree that allows the Microverse to be explored further in the future, and there are some teases for future plots that do encourage some excitement. The problem is that Orlando has yet to give us a reason to believe he can deliver a successful story for Justice League of America. He has failed to deliver anything worthwhile or of quality while helming this ship, and I think it might be time to cut the losses before things get worse…

The Art: The only redeeming aspect of this book is Ivan Reis’ art! I mean that. He delivers exactly what you’d expect from him, and his work is incredible, but everything else about this issue is so frustratingly bad that it fails to save the book.

Breakdowns for this issue can be found in the spoiler tag.


Recommended If:

  • Just don’t. JLA is nothing more than a waste of time and money.

Overall: Justice League of America #17 is a frustrating conclusion to “Panic in the Microverse.” Most of the story is wrapped up using exposition, coupled with poor dialogue. To make matters worse, when all is said and done, this story doesn’t matter. It serves no purpose in the grand scheme of things. What should have been one of Rebirth’s greatest moments, is easily one of it’s worse! If you jumped back on to the JLA book because I urged you to early in “Panic in the Microverse,” then I apologize. This story clearly wasn’t worth your time like I thought it would be.

SCORE: 3/10

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