Review: Justice League #26

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Bryan Hitch

Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert

 

Summary

“LEGACY” part one! A group of heroes from a post-apocalyptic future escape into the past to stop their world from coming to be. But to do it they’re going to need the help of the Justice League—who just happen to be these time travelers’ parents!

 

Positives

It’s hard to judge the good from the bad in this issue, as we are introduced to a lot of new characters and given very little information about them. In general the idea of a team meeting their future children is an intriguing idea, even if it has been done before.

And the glimpse we get of next generation League and their future raises many tantalizing questions. Who is sovereign? Why is Aquaman using Cyborg’s corpse to stay alive? And why does he have a Black Lantern ring?

Also, I find the two Lanterns interesting. Are they brother and sister? And who are they the children of? Their skin tone doesn’t appear to match either Simon or Jessica’s but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Could they be Hal’s children? And why do they appear to have Yellow and Red Lantern powers instead of Green?

Presumably, we next issue will start filling in the gaps in our knowledge. There is quite the potential for a fascinating and thought-provoking story here.

 

Negatives

Okay, the obvious thing that stands out is the character that appears to be the son of Superman and Wonder Woman. Now this is an assumption – we haven’t been given any details. However, he wears both Superman and Wonder Woman’s symbols.

I have to wonder if Hitch first got the idea for the character during the New 52 era when Clark and Diana were a couple. Presumably, Superman Reborn has erased that relationship, but I have to wonder if Hitch received that memo. If anything, shouldn’t an older Jon Kent be the next generation Superman?

And why isn’t Damian or maybe a version of Terry McGinnis with them? Shouldn’t a group of the League’s descendants have a Batman analogue? I hope that the next issue will address the absence of the Super Sons. And for that matter, where is the present day Batman?

 

Verdict

There’s definitely the makings of a great Justice League Story in this issue. Hopefully, the subsequent chapters of this storyline will realize that potential, but we shall have to wait and see.

 

 

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Derek McNeil

I have been an avid reader of DC Comics since the early 70s. My earliest exposure was to Batman and Superman comics, Batman (Adam West) reruns, and watching the Super-Friends every Saturday morning.