[quote=“RonnieM, post:18, topic:9075, full:true”]
JLA #10 - I’m glad that this story was finally brought to its conclusion but sad that @bryanhitch wasn’t more involved in this issue. I understand there are likely time constraints with his current series. That being said, the art and dialog while not Hitch weren’t jarringly different. I’m curious it that difference will be more obvious in a collection as this has the potential to be an evergreen trade and I’m considering picking up the hardcover on this one. This story really seems to dovetail into Rebirth. I would be sad that it’s over if I didn’t have Hitch’s excellent Justice League book to look forward to every couple of weeks. I’m still very impressed with what he is doing with the Justice League.[/quote]
I feel a bit less enthusiastic about this issue. The art was a decent enough match for Hitch’s style - to the extent that I could believe it was based on his layouts, even though he’s not credited as such - but it was still different enough to be distracting, particularly the level of detail (with some pages feeling more detailed than others). I was buying the series more on the strength of Hitch’s art than anything else (although I’ve been enjoying his writing too), so it’s a bit disappointing to not have him draw the final issue.
As for the story, I felt like everything was brought to a conclusion very quickly, and I’m not sure I fully understood how all of the subplots raised in the previous issues were resolved (although that might also be a result of the long gap between issues). The early issues of this story were quite careful in gradually building up its mysteries, but it feels like this was quite a sudden ending. I also was a bit underwhelmed by the tease for Rebirth at the end - it had a sense of “ok, we’re all done with this now, look at the new stuff we’re doing instead”.
I’ve mostly enjoyed this series, but I think I’m going to have to reread it all to see how it all hangs together.
Yes, it’s been nice to feel like the family vibe has been recaptured a little bit in this arc. I felt this was a bit of a slow issue, but one which will probably end up being an important part of the overall story in terms of moving pieces into place. The final scene was horribly tense for me - largely because I was expecting the sexual violence that was implied by the art, so I was relieved when that didn’t happen. It’s to Staples’ credit that so much tension could be created through body language and the staging of the characters.