Mild Mannered Reviews – Justice League #10

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Justice League #10

Scheduled to arrive in stores: December 7, 2016

Cover date: February 2017

“Outbreak” – Part Three

Writer: Bryan Hitch
Penciller: Neil Edwards
Inker: Daniel Henriques
Cover: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher & Brad Anderson
Variant Cover: Yannick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

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The Justice League arrives at James Palmer’s home, believing that under the hacker name of “Jesse James,” he is responsible for recent troubling events. However, Palmer declares his innocence, and this proves true. The League continues to investigate, only to learn that a contract has been taken out on them, and they must now contend with every super-villain looking to score large for their deaths.

2Story – 2: Chagrin, yes, that is the appropriate word that describes what races across the face, once the realization set in that last issue wasn’t the last. This story hasn’t been nearly engrossing enough to justify a third part. That, and the close of the previous issue seemed to settle most, if any, questions one may have had about the events that transpired. Instead, readers are treated to another part in a story that just isn’t very entertaining. The idea of the Justice League contending with their greatest adversaries isn’t a bland notion, however, that won’t happen. The foes that will attack, in storylines such as this, are always the lower tier, and for obvious reasons. Those villains can be defeated handily, and without question… which is exactly what happens. Giganta being defeated yet again just isn’t a reason to keep this book on one’s pull list, and while I still hold out hope that the book will shape and shore up, that hope is becoming more and more my own denial to call the Justice League what it is at this time: a complete and utter missed opportunity.

3Art – 3: Most of the scenes are set within a suburban home, which makes for very little dynamism, and when things do pick up, you’d rather remain asleep in that nice toasty bed.
5Cover Art – 5: Reminiscent of the Silver Age, a giant hand that may preclude a giant story? Well, at least there is something of interest about this issue.
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December 15, 2016 8:52 am

My biggest problem is that a 13-year-old girl was able to write an app that could hack the technology of the immortal Guardians of the Universe.

December 15, 2016 11:31 am
Reply to  rmorehead

Truth! Too much of that sort of rut has just become par for the course.

December 15, 2016 8:02 pm

It’s easy to see why writers do this and they can even be a lot of fun but when used well but when you get down to it according to most modern pop-culture basically any characters whose main thing is “knows computers” or is considered “sciencey” might as well be a wizard.

If you can convincingly run your fingers across the keyboard while spewing needed expository dialog you can summon, infiltrate or create damn near anything. ..and unlike Weird Science you don’t even have to hook up the doll.

December 16, 2016 11:37 am
Reply to  MattComics

Good point. Even magic has rules and limits. Not so for the hacker.