"The One-Man Justice League"
Writer: Adam Beechen
Artists: Dave Santana, Heroic Age(c)
Oh, look. Adam Beechen for the umpteenth time phones in a story about an egotistical super-hero coming to grips with his being one of many. I've seen this before. I'd like not to see it again.
The "very special episode" of Justice League Unlimited strangely uses Metamorpho as exhibit A. Metamorpho wasn't really a super-hero. He was an adventurer with strange abilities, and his core goal was to please Sapphire Stagg. He puts up with her conniving father, Java and every loony scheme concocted by the two all for the sake of his beloved Sapphire. His motives were less altruistic than Batman, Superman or the Flash.
Sapphire does not even get a mention in Justice League Unlimited, and you can forget Stagg and Java. So where's the fun? This is the Metamorpho show guest-staring the Justice League, and honestly, despite the page count it's so damn lethargic. You know that Metamorpho will get his just deserts for his bloated opinion of himself, and learn a valuable lesson at the end. You just want him to learn it sooner than later.
Beechen could have bored us to death with any hero finding out One to Grow On. Instead, he chooses Metamorpho. That's really the only difference. Consequently, all the rest of the heroes behave in an uncharacteristically slow manner. For instance, Metamorpho gases all the costumed thugs before Green Arrow, Black Canary and the Atom can crash through the window. Why didn't the Atom at miniscule size enter the arena? At that size, he could have beat Metamorpho to the punch. Black Canary should have been able to karate chop a guy before Metamorpho turned his arm into a flail. I'm supposed to believe that Metamorpho's faster than the Flash? Not in a million years. Besides, the Top spins. Why wouldn't he simply spin out Metamorpho's disguised grasp?
The best this issue of Justice League Unlimited has comes in the form of Dave Santana's artwork. His depictions of Metamorpho being pleased with himself and the multiple applications of his power would have been winning in a combination with Beechen had the author been up to snuff. Instead, Santana's work while in itself peppy and fun cannot mask the stretched out plot or the bad characterization.
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