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Justice League Unlimited #16

Justice League Unlimited #16

Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 7, 2005

Cover date: February 2006

Writer: Adam Beechen
Penciller: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Jim Royal
Cover Art: Carlo Barberi

"Smashing Through The Snow!"

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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The League is on Watchtower duty enjoying festivities until a distress call comes through asking for the capture of escaped felon, Girder.

The team arrive to stop Girder but are easily crushed.

Atom Smasher, who is going through a tough time over the Christmas period due to a death in his family, is the only one left to stop the ex-construction worker from getting into a residential area to cause havoc.

Smasher is suspicious that Girder isn't causing trouble and is instead intent on getting somewhere for Christmas.

Defeating Girder he realises that Girder just wanted to be with his family for Christmas.

Once Girder was back in custody Smasher arranges a family visit.

Supergirl is curious - if Girder is a big time villain why was Smasher nice to him?

Smasher explains that despite his criminal career he was still a human being underneath, and Girder's son didn't see a villain, he saw a father. Everyone deserves to enjoy the holidays.

3Story - 3: The story was one of the standard seasonal stories but still not exactly good. It was still better than the garbage that was the Marvel Holiday Special! Addressing a continuity lag regarding Hawkgirl's appearance despite Johnny DC's dumbing down of the comic series earned it an extra point.

Hmm its good to see Supergirl is over her fear of the cold and ice... I remember a Supergirl special and animated episode in which she had a phobia because her entire family died in the cold...

4Art - 4: The faces of the brigade seemed a little oddly characterized but otherwise I have no serious nitpicking. The change of inker helped in some scenes which were pencilled in a rush but didn't quite hit the mark in others.

4Cover Art - 4: A well composed and brilliantly coloured cover, it would have been a full five but for the cheesy Christmas cover...

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