Comic Review: Justice League 3000 Volume 2

I said yesterday that my favorite Justice League eras were the humor-heavy JLI and the epic heroic feel of the 90s JLA.  I also said on a Misplaced Heroes column that I was interested in reading more of Justice League 3000.  Why bring that up now?  Well, the writers of the former and the artist of the latter worked together on Justice League 3000 and since this was Justice League Week, well, I saw that as a good reason to read Volume 2, subtitled The Camelot War.

Volume 1 ended with the revelation that half of the so-called Wonder Twins, Terry (the guy), was the evil genius leader of the Five.  How did he reveal this?  By murdering his sister Teri and the Barry Allen Flash clone.  With the rest of the Justice League more or less held hostage by the fact Terry laced their cells with explosive DNA, what can the remaining heroes and the woman who created the cloning process do?  Especially when it turns out the already unreliable Firestorm has already cut a deal with the Five and isn’t sticking around to help out in the slightest?

They can start by bringing Barry and Teri back as the same person.

It turns out the Five may not be as unbeatable as they have appeared in the past as Hal Jordan discovers he may be a bit more powerful than he thought, and even as an apathetic Batman, bloodthirsty Wonder Woman, and macho asshole Superman will have to somehow work together long enough to get away, and then somehow work to defeat the Five.  That means traveling to the planet Camelot 9, where the latest version of King Arthur has been fighting a war against a demon army led by Etrigan.

And then Blue Beetle and Booster Gold wake up on Earth from some cryogenic chambers.

Yes, it seems writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis are bringing back members of their classic Justice League run.  Besides Booster and Beetle, Ice comes back in a surprising way, with the promise of Fire also returning, perhaps in time to help deal with the Five’s newest experiment in the form of an Injustice Gang.

While it’s not on the calibre of Giffen and DeMatteis’ previous Justice League work, even with the artwork of Howard Porter doing some interesting futuristic designs for longstanding DC characters, it’s still fairly interesting.  The League is a bit better than they initially appeared to be, and the two writers still work well together.  The biggest problem I tend to have with their writing is they do tend to write more for monthly issues rather than for a trade, and as such they keep repeating themselves in case someone didn’t know what happened in the previous issues.  That gets tiresome as it gets repeated and makes it look like nothing is moving forward.  But, that said, I’m giving this one 8.5 out of 10 unwanted legacy heroes.


Defender of the faith, contributing writer, debonair man-about-town.

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