Review: Justice League #28

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

Writer: Bryan Hitch

Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Batt

 

Summary

“LEGACY” part three! An outside threat has followed the League’s children back from the future in order to destroy them. His name is Arthur Curry, and he will not stop until they are all dead!

 

Positives

The idea of the League encountering their children from the future is intriguing and allows for some good character moments. The Leaguers are shown bonding with their children. The League opens their homes and their hearts to these potential offspring, even though they are strangers.

There are some interesting facets about their offspring that hopefully with be elaborated on. Barry and Jessica’s twin children seem to have powers based on the emotional spectrum which is tied to the emotion they are currently feeling. However, this power is inborn – they don’t wear rings of any of the different Lantern Corps.

Also Cube, the son of Cyborg is shown to have human DNA like Victor, but mixed with “something else.” We haven’t been told who his mother is supposed to be. Could she be alien or some technology-based being?

 

Negatives

These time travelers seem to have little concern about changing the future. Granted, they are trying to change the past by averting an upcoming disaster, but they should take more care not to change too much.

However, the dark future they come from cannot come about anyway. Hunter tells Superman and his family that he grew up on the Kent farm in Hamilton County. In Superman and Action Comics, which is set after this Justice League story, we know that the Kents are about to sell the farm and move to Metropolis – years before Hunter would have been born. Already the DCU is in a different timeline from the future Hunter comes from.

Also, the relationship and future marriage between Barry and Jessica doesn’t seem to fit with what we know of Barry’s life in his own title. In fact, there seems to be no indication of anything between the two outside of this title.

Also, both the solicitation text and the cover prominently feature the future Aquaman. So, it seems a bit strange to me that he is entirely absent from the issue.

 

Verdict

It seems to me that the best way to appreciate this storyline, and perhaps Hitch’s entire run on this title is to take it as separate from the rest of the DCU. It doesn’t do very well in lining up with the rest of the DCU, but it makes a decent story when taken on its own.

 

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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.