Justice League of America #55
Reign of Doomsday Part 3 (Eclipso Rising Part Two: Mayhem)
Writer: James Robinson
Pencils: Brett Booth
Inks: Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Cover: Brett Booth and Andrew Dalhouse
Release date: March 23, 2011
Justice League of America #55 continues the “Reign of Doomsday” story begun in this year’s Steel #1 and Outsiders #37. It also continues the Justice League’s battle with Eclipso.
Part of the team is at the Emerald City on the dark side of the Moon visiting Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern. Scott has been seriously injured and his daughter, Jade, is at his bedside. Wonder Girl and other Justice Leaguers are preparing to do battle with Eclipso. Out in space, Batman (Dick Grayson) and Supergirl are attacked by Doomsday while investigating the ruins of New Krypton. Supergirl is in her “Dark Supergirl” mode and wearing a black outfit. The battle also involves the Alpha Lantern Boodika, Starman, and Blue Lantern Saint Walker. It’s another brutal, violent battle with a shock ending. Also, Eclipso claims the mind of another Justice Leaguer at the conclusion of that battle.
Honestly, this issue is very formulaic and boring. James Robinson‘s name was held high in the annals of geekdom after his run on Starman several years ago. His Justice League run, however, has tarnished his legacy greatly. Also, I once found Brett Booth‘s pencils exciting. Sadly, that time has passed. The art and the story were very mediocre, and this is the worst installment of the “Reign of Doomsday” so far. I only bought this issue to continue reading the “Reign of Doomsday” story.
The only real development is the Doomsday storyline occurs on the last page. I had very little interest in the Eclipso storyline mainly due to the characters involved. Jade, Wonder Girl, and Jesse Quick are good complementary characters. They should not be the main characters in the Justice League. James Robinson’s merry little band of also-rans rival the old “Detroit League” for worst lineup ever. This book has an inadequate team in the book, and a horrible team creating the book. There was no need for this book to be included in the “Reign of Doomsday” crossover, and I welcome the eventual exit of the creative team and these bush league losers that are being passed off as the Justice League.