[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Bryan Hitch
Artist: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Andy Owens
“LEGACY” part four! The deadly motivation behind the League’s future children is revealed, and the League will have none of it. For the children have targeted a current League member for assassination! And it’s not at all who you think!
At last we start seeing some action in this storyline. The future Aquaman uses Batman’s secret contingency plans to take down the Leaguers one by one. As one would expect of plans developed by Batman, they prove frighteningly quick and effective.
Also, we see Lois Lane’s reaction to Batman having devices specifically targeted at her husband and son, and not being very happy about it. She promises that she and Batman are going to have a serious talk in the future about this. I hope we get to see this conversation. Bruce is formidable, but is he a match for an angered mother? We have seen in this very issue how fearless she is, defending a weakened Superman from the future Aquaman.
Using Batman’s fail safe plans against the rest of the League is a genius idea – that Mark Waid had back in the “Tower Of Babel” storyline in 2000. Rehashing it here seems a bit of a cheat. I don’t know if some version of that story happened in the New 52/Rebirth timeline, but I am sure that if it did, Bruce would have figured out a way to keep it from happening again.
I understand that Hunter harbours a serious amount of anger at Wonder Woman for rejecting him for being born male, but isn’t trying to kill her going way overboard? Even if they succeed in killing Diana, won’t that erase his own existence? And although the other future children of the League don’t seem to happy with the idea, it seems to me that children raised by the League would put up more of a fight against the idea of killing a Justice Leaguer.
Would they not first try to convince her to leave the planet until the crisis has passed or some similar action to forestall their future from happening? Regardless of how awful their future is, I don’t see the League’s children jumping to murder as their first choice to fix their future
Despite some flaws in the story, this is still an exciting and thought-provoking adventure. I look forward to how the storyline plays out in the upcoming issues.