Review Brew – Justice League of America #9
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Bryan Hitch
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Inkers: Daniel Henriques
Letters: Chris Eliopoulos
Assistant Editor: Amedeo Turturro
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Covers: Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair; Jim Lee and Alex Sinclair
Publisher: DC Comics
Rao spends this issue of JLA fighting against himself as Barry and his crew make some colossally stupid decisions on Krypton. Meanwhile, back on earth, Diana doesn’t know when to quit and old meets new in the worst way possible. This issue picks up where Hitch’s previous run left off in March as the earthbound members of the League recover from getting their collective arses handed to them. Hitch makes me give a damn about this Rao vs Rao standoff and actually care about past Rao despite the present one being an insane, megalomaniacal, succubus. However, Barry’s utter idiocy this issue had me saying out loud, ‘Well. That was stupid.’
The artwork does what needs to be done but doesn’t really stand out to me, it’s serviceable at worst with glimpses of something truly great at best. No one is really distinct with Clark, Rao and Arthur having basically the same face with different facial hair but there’s one scene towards the end that shows just what Hitch and Sinclair are capable of when they put their minds to it.
Overall, I’m not sure if the wait was worth it. 3 out of 5 Green Lantern Rings.