Justice League #27 Review: The Justice League Meets Their Children

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A young group of heroes have arrived claiming that they are the children of the Justice League. Perplexed, the League takes them to the Watchtower to determine if this is the truth. All scans that Cyborg performs on them support their claim, and they tell the League their story.

They come from a future where a super-powered war happens that claims much of the world. Their parents, the Justice League, hid them away on Olympus until the conflict was resolved. The League never returned, and they left Olympus to find a world destroyed. However, they know more that they aren't telling the League yet, and our heroes need to figure out what they can and should do about this.

This is a very dialogue-heavy comic. Thankfully, it actually works pretty well. It's interesting hearing the stories of these young heroes and their relationship with their parents. It's even sweet when some, like Jessica Cruz and the Flash, begin embracing their future offspring. Three, Cruise, Jenny, and Jason belong to Flash and Jessica, Dory belongs to Mera and Aquaman, Hunter belongs to Wonder Woman (but was raised by Superman), and Cube belongs to Cyborg.

There are a lot of touching moments in this comic. Mera is impressed with Dory's gruff leadership. Vic and Cube bond over technology. Jessica and Barry take to their three children fairly quickly.

There is some strife. Wonder Woman, apparently, gave up her son to be raised by Superman and Lois, and this son resents her deeply. Simon has no children and apparently takes leadership of the Sinestro Corps at some point. Of course, this is all really hard to swallow for the Justice League.

We learn little to nothing of the Sovereign, the powerful overlord whom we saw in the previous issue. The young heroes of the future know little about her, as well.

There is a surprise finale to this comic that is surprisingly brutal and gory and bodes ill for the one Justice League member not mentioned in this comic, lest his accursed name invoke his presence.

The art of Fernando Pasarin brings this all to life very aptly, as the intense emotions the characters feel are portrayed excellently. Body language and subtle facial movements are taken advantage of, and you can truly feel the weight of what's being discussed. The color artist, Brad Anderson, is given relatively little to do in this comic, but he does what he can to make it pop on the page. He succeeds in this task.

Though the action is really light, this is still a very engaging issue. The children of the Justice League are interesting characters, and their complicated relationships with their parents are very readable. Give this one a read. It's a very smart and expertly constructed comic.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.