Justice League #49
Written by Si Spurrier
Art by Aaron Lopresti
Inks by Matt Ryan
Colors by David Baron
Letters by Tom Napolitano
The Rundown: Wonder Woman refuses to step in and lead an alien race on the brink of civil war and has a story about why that her team needs to heed.
The League gets deeper involved in the politics and in-fighting between two alien races after deposing their leader. While the rest of the team prepares for war with another planet, Diana refuses to get involved in the team’s efforts to lead. Instead, she goes to the deposed leader to learn more about her people.
With Batman lurking in the shadows, she finds him and tells him a story from her past about another warrior who decided to lead people she had freed only to find the task more than she could imagine. At the same time, the team continues to fail at dealing with the cultural landscape of the planet and when they decide to confront the invading army in space all of them will find that there is more to the invasion than meets the eye.
The Story: Si Spurrier takes a step back to teach a parable about the dark side of power and political intervention. It’s a good story, but not great. The interesting moments within it are more from Diana’s story than anything else and the rest of the team is reduced to flailing around like a pack of idiots. Both Superman, an alien who visits other galaxies, and Green Lantern, an intergalactic police officer, come off as inept bordering on imbecilic in this story. The ending was alright and I was pleasantly surprised by the twist, but the ineptitude of the characters kept me from finding this story more than ok.
The Art: Aaron Lopresti does some impressive work with the art in this issue. The characters look amazing and the action is fun and vibrant.