Justice League # 65: Synmar and Deathstroke vs. Justice League

Justice League

The Justice League is under attack on two fronts: Synmar finds Superman and most of the League in the Courthouse. Black Canary and Green Arrow are challenged by Deathstroke. Deathstroke tries to kidnap Daemon Rose, but he’s not the Deathstroke we expected. We learn more about Green Arrow’s new connection to Checkmate and how the spy game was changed by Leviathan. The two fights go very badly and leave us on explosive cliffhangers.

B-story

Batman seems very concerned about the Hall of Justice. We remain without explanation to wonder what is so important that Synmar cannot access the building.

The words

I thought so with Justice League # 64 as well, but Bendis has a good grasp of the relationship between Green Arrow and Black Canary. Their scenes with Daemon Rose are excellent. The rest of the Justice League often has some really weird dialogue that sometimes feels like something “like Batman”. Queen Hippolytus herself did not seem to have this problem.

Art

This is Steve Pugh’s second issue, and he uses every corner of the space to fit into this giant cast. I would love to see him work with a whole problem. There is a scene where Synmar attacks Hawkgirl. There is so much power in a little panel on the page. It could have been a single full-page image of Synmar shouting “Thanager! Marquez’s cover looks cool, but it was from a Checkmate issue, not the Justice League.

Between the panels

One thing that I have come to appreciate in Justice League is the names and descriptions of the characters. They have been developed in this issue to inform us about previous events. It’s quick. It’s informative, and I wish more comics would do that. The panel’s work in this issue is inspired and used to improve the overall action. Diagonal panels, overlapping panels, and binocular-shaped panels help with the overall flow of the comic. Josh Reed adds to the energy and dynamics of the action with sound effect words.

Who’s in this issue

  • Synmar
  • Black canary
  • Green arrow
  • Naomi
  • Aquaman
  • Hippolyte
  • Hawkgirl
  • Wonderful twins
  • Sparkle
  • Demonic Rose
  • Death blow

favorite quote

“Excuse me, kid, I’m talking to my favorite person,” Green Arrow.
“Yourself?” Black canary

Who will love him?

If you like the Wonder Twins or the classic Hanna-Barbera The challenge of super friends cartoon, watch out for Easter eggs in this issue.

Choice of nits

When did splashing an alien boy turned into water get Aquaman to fly? Besides, Grodd can’t fly either. It’s hard to deal with heroes who are able to fly and limited to the ground, but this scene was just plain weird.

Comic connections

Dark Justice League

The sons of the two Justice League Dark plots come together on this issue. Batman and Elnara fight to free Randhir who knows about Merlin’s plan. If they can save him, the Justice League Dark might stand a chance. The rest of Justice League Dark are joined by another regular member of JL as they hunt down Merlin. Merlin was waiting for them.

The words

Ram V knows his characters well. Batman sounds like a tech genius. Elnara a knight of old. Merlin an arrogant villain.

Art

With only two issues of Justice League, I became a huge fan of Sumit Kumar. The art in Justice League Dark is once again excellent, from facial expressions and action sequences to giant monsters.

Between the panels

There’s a scene with Elnara running that is a brilliant use of movement. There are no signs, but it still works. You have to see it to believe it.

Who’s in this issue

  • Batman
  • Thirteenth Knight, Elnara Roshtu
  • Randhir Singh
  • Merlin

favorite quote

“I know the truth about what Merlin is trying to do”, Randhir

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