In Review: Justice League 3001 #7

An okay setup for more to come, but not much else in this outing.

The cover: In the reflective face of one of the androids that attacked Wonder Woman, the Flash can be seen cradling her fallen friend, while reaching out to stop the blood soaked mechanical horrors that are bearing down on her. Outstanding point of view shot from Howard Porter. If a reader looks below the eyes of the android — and all the blood, circuitry can be seen within the automaton’s face. I found two different colored versions of this cover. The physical copy that I bought had the androids in a light blue, almost gray color. The image I’m using for this review has them colored bright green. Both are good and show that Hi-Fi can make it look good with either color. Overall grade: A  

The story: “Things Fall Apart!” is an appropriate title from Keith Giffen, doing plot, and J.M. DeMatteis, doing script. Things start right in the thick of things as Wonder Woman has been rendered unconscious, possibly even killed, by two androids who are threatening to do the same to the Flash. Her tears turn to anger as she vows vengeance, but before she can do anything a fist explodes from the back of one, revealing Supergirl’s arrival, who throws the headless machine into the other. The three heroines beat a quick retreat, which leaves Teri depressed. She and Wonder Woman, who is fine, have a talk with the Amazon essentially telling her to get over being depressed by all the deaths they’ve encountered, with Superman being the most recent. This issue is a set up to the “New” Justice League comprised only of female characters. It establishes who each character is, how they feel about their place in the future, and how they relate to each other. Fire, Ice, and Guy Gardner have a really strong scene together, with the new Batman getting the shortest amount of time, though she did get a lot of time in the previous issue. The highpoint of the issue is the — supposed — final appearance of the male Batman, who exits with one heck of a smile. Nice buildup with the expected drama and one liners, but it’s all setup. Overall grade: B 

The art: Chris Batista is the guest penciller for the issue, with Wayne Faucher and Andy Owens inking. The visuals are okay, but don’t wow as with previous issues. For example, the opening page, which is a splash, shows a good Wonder Woman down and out, The Flash is okay, but the androids, the “Scullions”, are just too smooth and really stretched out from their waists to their chests. On the second page Teri looks fine as she screams in fury, but the android whose head explodes has just a suggestion of an explosion and lacks real details, leaving the colorists to finish the visual. The final panel on the page has Supergirl delivering a big smack, but the background is just a series of speed lines to show the take down. Things are much better on Page 3, which has some conflict, an escape, and an excellent closing panel in a new location. The art continues to look good until Fire and Ice enter. The former looks good, but the latter looks too spiky, with her nose elongated. Guy looks incredible stretched out, with her neck sometimes too narrow to support the weight of her head; if one were to look on Page 9 there are some examples of this. The last panel to feature the orignial — okay, “original” for this series — Batman is fantastic. That’s the way to have an iconic character exit. The Bat-robot suit also looks really well done. The final page of the book looks very simple: much is in the shadows, or characters are shown from behind to avoid drawing faces. The art is serviceable, just not stellar. Overall grade: C+

The colors: Doing what can be done to complete the visuals, is Hi-Fi on the coloring. They finish the explosion of Scullion in the second panel on Page 2 by trying to make the mechanics of the character better drawn than it is by using colors to suggest more debris. The power shown from the two androids smashing into each other at the bottom of the page is well done in orange and yellow. The second panel on 3 has some terrific work with blues when Supergirl gets a taste of her own medicine. Fire gets some really strong greens when she’s flying about, and the power emanating from the transversal looks really strong, especially with the glow around characters near it. A solid job from Hi-Fi. Overall grade: B+

The letters: Scene setting, dialogue, the story’s title, credits, sounds, yells, Robo-Batman speech, and next issue’s tease are all crafted by Marilyn Patrizio. Everything she’s brought to this book looks good, with the sounds, and there are a lot of them, looking great. My favorites included S-TONKK, RNNCHHH, and WHUMMPP. The book was just a little more fun because of her work on this book. Overall grade: A 

The final line: An okay setup for more to come, but not much else in this outing. Only for fans of this title. Overall grade: B

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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