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Justice League Adventures #22

Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2003
By: Tim Hartnett



Writer: Stuart Moore
Artists: John Delaney and Robin Riggs

Publisher: DC

Most people I know wouldn't be caught dead with an issue of Justice League Adventures on their person. I find that a shame, because this title is exceptionally consistent in its respect of the characters and its storytelling, while at the same time presenting a refreshing breeze. It won't have you out of your seat, and there's nothing "in-your-face" about it, but it's something fun that anyone can enjoy, even if you're not in the target audience.

John Stewart, the Green Lantern, has a few friends killed by a mysterious alien race. Some time later, this same alien race shows up in Earth's orbit, and begins wreaking havoc on the planet. After the Justice League infiltrates their vessel, they discover that the aliens have changed their ways, and Hawkgirl, who was reluctant to their plight, forgives them in the end.

It sounds childish, I know, and it is, if you want to look at it that way. But the fact remains that this book is so good it what it does. I read comics to get a smile, to have some fun, to be entertained, and all that is present here. Stuart Moore doesn't try to mess with the status quo, and this is another example of a self contained story that is easily remembered, and welcomes you back. I find that stories that are meant to be accessible for all ages are usually the most consistent---and looking at comics' past, any surprise there?

The art, for all it's worth, is suitable for the audience, but I do wish the book took a more Silver Age tone, adding some proper anatomy to it all. Although the stories are more unyielding than that era, I don't see why this book can't draw the characters correctly, especially since the script is very true to them. Still, John Delaney is an imaginative talent---he uses macro-sized details instead of fine ones, and allows the coloring to do most of the work, especially for scenes on the cosmic scale. The art is always consistent and very unobjectionable to the eye, which is saying a lot more than a lot of cartoonish styles out there.

Everyone should try this one out, if only for the pleasing direction. Where else are you going to get a self-contained story for $2.25 each week, that you know is going to be true to the characters and not the writer's prerogative? I know of very few, and this is certainly one I can always count on. Hell, it's better than what Joe Kelley did last week



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