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Starman heats up, and the Hawks get savage! At home and abroad, the Justice League is beset by should-be-allies! How will they get out of this mess? And what secret lies at the center of Thanagar Prime? Find out in Justice League #15!

A good story, adequately written

I feel as though I’m repeating myself, but so it is: Justice League, orchestrated by Scott Snyder, but written by James Tynion, is good, but not as good as it should be. Snyder’s overarching narrative is some of my favorite comic-booking around right now, but Tynion’s faculties as a script writer aren’t up to the level of Snyder’s. I don’t think it will matter too much in the grand scheme, and it will be easier to gloss over in trade, but it still bothers me now. Tynion often fails the “read out loud” test, and it seems as though the number of bumbles was a bit higher this time around.

Another problem with the writing: Hawkgirl. I don’t mind her being a bit of a short-fused smart-aleck, but she’s relentless here, and it’s hard being annoyed by it. This arc should be a chance for her to shine and show more depth than she was given in the first one, but I think Tynion is squandering the opportunity. So we’ll finish “Escape from Hawkworld,” and unless Snyder swoops in and features Kendra prominently again soon, she’ll be like Aquaman in most of the Justice League stories of the past two (pre-Snyder) years: utterly insignificant.

Where are the superstars?

I’m also not enjoying the split art duties. I enjoy Segovia’s work well enough, but this is a flagship title that promised Scott Snyder and superstar artists. Giving us a tiny taste of Cheung as the bookends to this issue and the last one doesn’t cut it. DC knocked it out of the park with the first arc of this book, and I really hope they care enough about Justice League to allocate the right people. Will Cheung get a whole issue again? How long until Jorge Jimenez is back?

I know I’ve been almost entirely negative up to this point, but for the most part, it’s easy to get into this book in general, and this issue specifically. It is a good story, and Tynion doesn’t blow it. While Segovia’s stuff isn’t as striking as the promised big guns, his storytelling is quite good, and he churns out dynamic action shots with ease. This is a good book—but it’s not a great one, and with such a strong story, and with the promise of what this series could be at this very moment, good book isn’t good enough for me.

Recommended if…

  • You’ve been reading Justice League. We’re in a lull right now, but the story is still good.
  • You’re all about those Hawks.

Overall

Justice League #15 could be a lot better, but it’s still not bad. Scott Snyder’s master plotting goes a long way toward redeeming this one, and even though I don’t care for much of Tynion’s dialogue, this is, for the most part, competently written. Segovia isn’t the headliner we expected on this book, but his storytelling is solid, and in a market full of comics, this is still closer to the top end of the stack.

SCORE: 7/10


DISCLAIMER: Batman News received an advance digital copy of this book for review.

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