Mild Mannered Reviews – Justice League #12

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Justice League #12

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 4, 2017

Cover date: March 2017

“Max Lord: Rebirth”

Writer: Tom Seely
Penciller: Christian Duce
Inker: Christian Duce
Cover: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher & Brad Anderson
Variant Cover: Yannick Paquette & Nathan Fairbairn

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

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Amanda Waller interrogates Maxwell Lord, but has the tables turned on her. Lord is able to affect an escape, and promises at his parents’ gravesite that he will be successful in his latest endeavors.

2Story – 2: This issue was in conjunction with the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover, that has the League playing second banana to the much more popular Squad. I don’t find the crossover very entertaining, as it has too many caveats to allow the Squad equal footing, but at least… no, it was another waste of time and energy if you actually expected a story about the League, in a book that is struggling to compose even the slightest thing of potency about them.
4Art – 4: Seeing the blood drip from Lord’s nose and knowing what that signifies made for a killer panel.
3Cover Art – 3: A close up like this only works if the artist can truly sell it. This looks like an amateur portrait composed by Washington Square Park’s finest.
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Kal L
Kal L
January 10, 2017 5:23 am

I liked this story! It fills in the gap of why Max opposes Waller the way he does, as well as gives you the back story to this version of Max Lord.What I found most interesting is that Amanda Waller was able to break free from Max control. Something that no one has been able to do!

I have to disagree with the review almost entirely. I found it rather intriguing, as well as the JL vs SS crossover!

January 10, 2017 6:29 am
Reply to  Kal L

Which is QED for my review: if you’re enjoying the crossover, it’s really not hard to enjoy this as well.

January 10, 2017 8:59 am
Reply to  liheibao

I agree with the review and concur that the crossover is just overly poor.

Kal L
Kal L
January 11, 2017 12:50 am
Reply to  liheibao

Well the way I saw this issue was that it was unofficially the #0 to the whole crossover. I don’t think it deserved a 2 out of 5. Hence my disagreement with the review.

January 10, 2017 9:11 am

Still not a fan of evil Maxwell Lord, only the Supergirl TV series made that work. I miss pre-Infinite Crisis Max.