Justice League of America: The Injustice League

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Art: 8/10

Like some of the team members

Feels unimportant and similar to every other Injustice League/League of Doom story

Comic Info

Comic Name: Justice League of America (Volume 2)/Justice League of America Wedding Special

Publisher: DC Comics

Writer:  Dwayne McDuffie/Alan Burnett

Artist:  Mike McKone/Joe Benitez/Ed Benes/Allan Jefferson

# of Issues: 5

Release Date: 2008

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Justice League of America (2) #14

Reprints Justice League of America (2) #13-16 and Justice League of America Wedding Special #1 (November 2007-January 2008).  Lex Luthor, Cheetah, and the Joker have a plan for the Justice League.  With the League distracted as they prepare for Dinah and Oliver’s wedding, a new Injustice League has formed to pick off the League before they know what hits them.  With plotting and a clear goal, Luthor’s plan might finally come to fruition:  The Death of Justice League!!!

Written by Dwayne McDuffie (with an additional story by Alan Burnett), Justice League of America:  The Injustice League is a DC Comics superhero team book collection.  Following Justice League of America:  The Lightning Saga, the collection features art by Mike McKone, Joe Benitez, Ed Benes, and Allan Jefferson.

The Justice League has never felts as clearly defined as Marvel team books.  It always felt a bit second tier.  JLA changed that and made the Justice League an actual force…this iteration of the Justice League unfortunately feels back to being like the pre-JLA Justice League while carrying a few of JLA’s tricks.

The problem with this story collection is that it doesn’t really feel like you are getting anything new.  The Injustice League is pretty much doing the same thing that they always do.  They get a bunch of villains (some might not like each other), and they switch up which heroes they attack…the collection doesn’t feel deeper than that.  It is a short and rather lifeless storyline.

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Justice League of America (2) #16

Where it does feel a little more modern is the writing style and the team make-up.  Marvel’s teams were almost always family first (aka internal conflict) and then the villain facing them.  It feels a bit more this theme in this collection.  Mari has issues with her powers, John is taking the reins from Hal on Earth, the new Firestorm is about to get his big shot, and Black Lightning is becoming a force to be reckoned with again.  JLA took a similar approach with the expansive team, and I do like that the series does seem to be following that trend…the more soap-opera the better the battles.

Justice League of America:  The Injustice League is rather fluffy and incomplete.  I like a lot of the characters hit-upon in the volume, and I do like changing up villains.  The stand-alone issue also has a bit of fun by bringing in the DC Tangent universe which I always found interesting, but overall the collection feels skippable.  It just doesn’t have the teeth it needs to make it more significant.  Justice League of America:  The Injustice League is followed by Justice League of America:  Sanctuary.

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