JLA #122 Review

Reviewer: Jesse Baker
Story Title: OMAC Nation

Written by: Bob Harras
Penciled by: Tom Derenick
Inked by: Dan Green
Colored by: David Baron
Lettered by: Jared Fletcher
Editor: Mike Carlin
Publisher: DC Comics

OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!
OMACs and Key and Supergirl, oh my!

OK, I’ve gotten that out of my system. Now let’s begin the review:

Ah Bob Harras: Horrible, horrible editor who ran Marvel into the ground but somewhat decent writer. It’s quite a suprise that Harras has delivered the best Non-Giffen JLA JLA story I’ve read in years, one that has addressed some of the massive problems that the book has fallen into ever since Morrison left.

This issue continues Green Arrow and Black Canary attempt to keep the JLA going in its now fractured state while investigating a series of telepathic murders. The killer is the old JLA villain, “The Key”, who’s now got telepathic powers that are driving him insane and forcing him to kill people so he doesn’t have to hear their thoughts. He sees his “key” to keeping his sanity in Faith (not the Vampire Slayer but the character from Joe Kelly’s abortion of a JLA run) and he makes his play to capture her. Meanwhile Arrow, Black Canary, and John Stewart try to recruit Supergirl to join their new team. But an OMAC attack and the return of Donna Troy, who is recruiting allies for her trip to the center of the universe takes the JLA’s time up as The Key makes his move to grab Faith.

Harras’s arc is great, though I have one big problem with giving a character like Faith such a huge role given that most people have no clue who she is. A recap of her backstory and relationship with Green Arrow would be nice for those of us who’ve avoided the book since Mark Waid left the series. Tom Derenick’s artwork is also good, and has a nice early Darrick Robertson-esque feel to it which works well with these characters.