Comics Reviews: JLA 205, Legion of Super-Heroes 290, New Teen Titans 22, All-Star Squadron 12

JLA 205 coverJustice League of America #205 – “The Final Hand” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Romeo Tanghal

Over the last couple of issues, a new Royal Flush Gang has been taking out Justice Leaguers left and right. So far Firestorm, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Superman are all hospitalized in some kind of strange coma, as if their minds are being stolen from afar. Last issue, Ralph (Elongated Man) Dibny and Black Canary tracked some tech to a company called Megaform whose CEO (Reston) attacked them. But after they beat him, he claimed to have amnesia and had no idea what had happened. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 205, Legion of Super-Heroes 290, New Teen Titans 22, All-Star Squadron 12”

Comics Reviews: JLA 204, Legion of Super-Heroes 289, New Teen Titans 21, All-Star Squadron 11

JLA 204 coverJustice League of America #204 – “The Cut of the Cards” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Romeo Tanghal

Last issue, a new Royal Flush Gang started taking out various Justice Leaguers to establish some quick cred. Firestorm and Aquaman wound up comatose in a Los Angeles hospital and Wonder Woman was knocked out just outside. But the new Jack found out the leader of the Royal Flush (Ace) is actually a robot, reporting to an unseen master called Wild Card. (No, I don’t think it’s George R.R. Martin.) Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 204, Legion of Super-Heroes 289, New Teen Titans 21, All-Star Squadron 11”

Comics Reviews: JLA 203, Legion of Super-Heroes 288, New Teen Titans 20, All-Star Squadron 10

JLA 203 coverJustice League of America #203 – “Shuffle and Deal … With Death” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Romeo Tanghal

This issue is a bit different because a lot of the story is told from the villains’ points of view. But it starts with a couple of good guys (Aquaman and Firestorm) hanging out in the southern Pacific Ocean (with Aquaman surfing on a couple of dolphins). Aquaman has brought Firestorm there for some training, but he’s also hoping to give the young hothead an attitude adjustment; Firestorm has been acting a bit too cocky lately, jumping into situations before being properly prepared, so Aquaman has decided to give him a lesson in humility. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 203, Legion of Super-Heroes 288, New Teen Titans 20, All-Star Squadron 10”

Comics Reviews: JLA 202, Legion of Super-Heroes 287, New Teen Titans 19, All-Star Squadron 9

JLA 202 coverJustice League of America #202 – “Star Fall” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Brett Breeding (and friends)

This one starts with Batman doing some routine maintenance on the outer hull of the JLA Satellite. Hawkman is monitoring him from inside and thinks he should be the one out in space, not Batman. But apparently the Leaguers take turns doing EVA stuff and it was Batman’s turn this time. Hawkman’s worries prove right though, as Batman accidentally drops a tool and shorts out a main power circuit. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 202, Legion of Super-Heroes 287, New Teen Titans 19, All-Star Squadron 9”

Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8

JLA 201 coverJustice League of America #201 – “A Hero for All Seasons” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Bob Smith

This one starts with a broken down dude named Joe Parry reminiscing along the Atlantic City Boardwalk. Parry once found an alien artifact (way back in JLA 31) that made his wishes come true, but he got greedy and ended up getting his ass kicked by the Justice League. Now that he’s out of prison, he’s cursing himself for not doing more with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he had. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 201, Legion of Super-Heroes 286, New Teen Titans 18, All-Star Squadron 8”

Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7

JLA 200 coverJustice League of America #200 – “A League Divided” – Gerry Conway/George Perez/Brett Breeding

This is a special anniversary issue of JLA, clocking in at a whopping 72 pages. It features a number of top artists of the day drawing different chapters. As indicated above, George Perez and Brett Breeding did the framing story and climax, and the whole thing was written by Gerry Conway. I’ll give art credits for each chapter as we get to them. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 200, Legion of Super-Heroes 285, New Teen Titans 17, All-Star Squadron 7”

Comics Reviews: JLA 199, Legion of Super-Heroes 284, New Teen Titans 16, All-Star Squadron 6

JLA 199 coverJustice League of America #199 – “Grand Canyon Showdown” – Gerry Conway/Don Heck/Brett Breeding

Last issue, the Lord of Time cooked up a convoluted scheme (is there any other kind for him?) that involved taking four JLAers (Flash, Green Lantern, Elongated Man, and Zatanna) into 1878 Arizona. Lord of Time has info that an anti-matter strike (like the one at Tunguska in 1908) was supposed to happen in 1878 over the Grand Canyon. Continue reading “Comics Reviews: JLA 199, Legion of Super-Heroes 284, New Teen Titans 16, All-Star Squadron 6”