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Justice League Unlimited #23

Justice League Unlimited #23

Scheduled to arrive in stores: July 6, 2006

Cover date: September 2006

Writer: Mike McAvennie
Penciller: Leigh Gallagher
Inker: Jesse Delperdang
Cover Art: Ty Templeton


Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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Police Detective John Jones arrives at the clean up of a super villain crime.

The Royal Flush Gang had attempted to rob a bank in Central City, naturally the JLU arrived to stop them but the story had many lasting effects. Detective Jones tries to find out the story 'behind' the story.

First a young bystander named Thomas explains that he arrived just as the RFG were trying to make an escape. The police were already on the scene and quickly joined by the JLU. Although Thomas was more interested in the League's battle, Jones is quick to point out that if the Police hadn't cordoned off the area and the Firemen minimising damage, Thomas, his mother and other innocents could have been killed in the crossfire.

Next Jones approaches the bank manager...

She explains that some of the RFG returned to the bank after being confronted by the police. How if Batman and Black Canary hadn't planned a quick capture that one of the hostages would have died. Of course Jones is more concerned that the paramedics check the hostages and are coping well with the tragedy.

This leads him to a police officer who is being tended to for injury. Jones quizzes him.

The officer explains that he had been keeping crowds back a safe distance before he saw one of the RFG escaping. Realising he was the only person near enough to attempt an arrest, he gave chase despite his personal safety.

Just before he was about to be killed Martian Manhunter arrived and caught the last of the RFG. The officer revealed that Martian Manhunter was expecting to be confronted as an alien - but instead he was regarded a hero.

Coming from a real hero, Manhunter is touched deeply.

After making his excuses to leave he ducks into an alley and shapeshifts from John Jones, police detective to J'onn, Martian Manhunter and teleports back to base.

4Story - 4: A police detective gathers views on the crimes of the Royal Flush Gang and the JLU team performance from bystanders and emergency services. A bit of a non-story really, however because it showcased the emergency services, it held more meaning with me personally reading it on 7/7; the 1st anniversary of the London Terrorist Tube bombings.

The purpose of John Jones/Martian Manhunter "Will I ever be accepted for me even though I'm different" spiel was pretty unclear and for that it drops 1 point.

4Art - 4: Different enough to be unique but close enough to be the animated style - sort of...

5Cover Art - 5: It's a Ty Templeton cover - I don't think I need to say anything else do I? OK - PURE GOLD!

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