She's a Brick...
Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Hugo Petrus, Hi-Fi, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018
“DAWN OF TIME” finale! Chronos has won. Superheroes are nonexistent in the new timeline he’s manipulated into existence. The League will have to find each other, reform and fix the time stream or all of time will be at Chronos’s command.
The final issue of Steve Orlando's JLA run opens with yet the third designation of what time period our team is in...this time it's "Before the Dawn of Man" and while that's not a big deal, the things that don't change are. Yea, I'm talking about the ridiculous dialogue and story.
AHL is dead (you know, from the Brick), but the heroes remain. But How??? Because of Aztek's 4-D warsuit, silly! The fight continues then and Steve Orlando throws a bunch of things at the reader. Frost actually touches and kisses Ryan to heal him, Ryan then steals Chonos' hourglass and Batman may pick berries while they figure out how to use the thing to save AHL.
Surprise, it all works out and AHL is saved and so too, the concept of superheroes. From here on out it's just a bunch of hokey congratulations as AHL makes the imprint and everyone heads back to the present. We get to see where Ryan sent Chronos (just a stupid way to get Lobo in the final issue), find out the inspiring (and underwhelming) words Promethea said to Frost and finally, get the setup of the Justice Foundation which is a who's who of Steve Orlando characters from this book, Supergirl, and Midnighter. If this is a hint at an as yet unannounced book, count me out!
I usually like to give a score for a final issue that not only reflects my feelings for the issue, but also the entire series. This issue wasn't the worst one we've gotten, but this series is easily one of the worst in all of Rebirth. I know it has it's fans, but I hated almost every bit of it and am so glad it is over so I never, ever have to read, review or even think about it ever again! Ever Again!!!
Bits and Pieces:
Steve Orlando's run of JLA is over and it's about 28 issues overdue. This book started with an interesting team and concept that was quickly lost in a landslide of awful dialogue, terrible pacing, questionable characterizations and just bad storytelling. All that said, I am happy I'm done reviewing it so at least it finally brought me some happiness.