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Formerly Known as the Justice League #2

Posted: Friday, August 8, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Deja Vu All Over Again"

Writer: Keith Giffin, J.M. DeMatteis
Artists: Kevin Maguire(p), Joe Rubenstein(i), Lee Louridge(c)
Publisher: DC

This is it. If the first issue of Formerly Known as the Justice League didn't bring so much as a smile to your face, wear padding because this issue will bring you to your knees then curl you up into a fetal ball. This second issue possesses the kind of humor that can make you laugh so much that the fits will send you into a coma.

"Deja Vu All Over Again" starts out as merely mildly amusing. The first joke involves the "mysterious" impending doom coming to pay a visit to the League, but then as moving day ensues, Giffin, DeMatteis, Maguire and Lee Louridge--even the colors add to the comedy--relate novel, character-driven humor between Bea, Sue and Ralph that will carry over to a few perfectly timed scenes.

A more terrestrial threat surfaces in very unusual and funny forms while up above the meeting between Mary Marvel and Captain Atom goes as expected, not well planned. Mary though actually has a point to why she distances herself from the good Captain. Mr. Maguire makes Mary spectacularly innocent in appearance, and Giffin and DeMatteis give her characterization a squeaky cleanliness that does not actually seem to be a parody and suits her well.

Also in the air, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the form of Booster Gold and Blue Beetle while working out new, fresh material do so within those old personalities that were the best these characters ever had. One can argue that Blue Beetle was better in Charlton Comics, but I always felt that he was just a low-rent Spider-Man.

After some well-plotted chaos ensues, the reader discovers that every jape, every scene and every line of dialogue leads up to the grand laugh out loud guffaw type joke on pages twenty and twenty-one. I read this thrice, and I laughed just as loud.



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