Wednesday, August 17, 2016

JUSTICE LEAGUE #3 by Bryan Hitch - Book Review

From the publisher: “The Extinction Machine” part three! The hive-mind entities known as the Awakened take their vendetta against the Justice League to the next level by changing ordinary people into grotesque monsters bent on hunting down super-humans all over the world. Meanwhile, Superman journeys to the center of the earth to stop the catastrophic quakes that are taking lives all over the world.

-Minor Spoilers-

Justice League #3 is Bryan Hitch ramping up the crazy. The various members of the Justice League are dealing with a world-sized threat known as "The Kindred". Exactly what they are and what they are doing is unclear. However, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and the rest are doing their best to stop The Kindred before they can enact whatever plan they have. As the team splits up, the circumstances look grim.

This issue of Justice League does not stand on its own. Having missed the first two issues, I found myself at a loss as to the larger picture of what was going on. I think the concept of The Kindred is fascinating, and I'm curious as to how "The Extinction Machine" story line is going to be resolved. I'll definitely be looking to read the issues I missed.

Additionally, this story, both at the issue level and the arc level, looks to be a huge threat (it reminded me of another book Hitch worked on, Stormwatch). The Justice League was formed to deal with situations that put the world at risk, and The Kindred appear to be just such a threat. They are challenging the heroes on every level.

In the midst of overwhelming challenge, there is a small personal interaction with Superman and Lois, their son Jon, and Batman. My favorite scene was Jon offering Batman cookies. Just a little piece of perfection.

I would definitely recommend Justice League #3, but it is not a good place to jump in to the story. Bryan Hitch has got big things going, and it looks well worth reading.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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