Writer: Adam Beechen
Artists: Carlo Barbieri(p), Walden Wong(i), Heroic Age(c)
“Deadman, are you sure we can’t help?”
You know who said that in Justice League Unlimited? Batman. That’s who. Oh, he’s still dark, and Carlo Barbieri with Walden Wong preserves his shadows in the artwork, but this is the same guy willing to sacrifice his life to blow up the Thanagarian hyperspace bypass installation in Starcrossed. This is the same guy who bid Flash and J’onn farewell by stating “Gentlemen, it’s been an honor.” That’s Batman people!
JLU comic book writer Adam Beechen gets Batman. Nobody else in IC Comics gets him, but so long as there’s a JLU we’ll have a Batman that doesn’t make Batman fans curl into fetal balls and mutter “the horror, the horror.”
How do the rest of the League fair under Adam Beechen’s care? Imagine the Flash as a knowledgeable teammate. Beechen uses Wally to not just provide the reader with exposition but as a figure for comedy. The very idea of Wally West providing intelligent answers to questions he really is capable of addressing should tickle a whole stratum of Justice League fans.
The main focus of Beechen’s story follows the supernaturally based Leaguers on a mission that certainly does seem right up their alleys. They however plausibly and embarrassingly fail. This group is used to wielding pure power and working alone. They get in each other’s way. Only Zatanna has worked well with the League before, and she’s beaten in the only way she can be beaten—through surprise that supernaturally locks her silent. Thus, we have once again a done-in-one book that entertains with an interesting story and smart characterization that doesn’t fly in the face of continuity. Nice to see that Johnny DC wasn’t mind-wiped.
Justice League Role Call
The Phantom Stranger
Special Appearance by Deadman
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