Friday, August 31, 2012
Outside of Gotham, 08/31/2012
Justice League #12, hyped up to have game changing events and... well, I have some issues with that. Hit the jump for all my thoughts.
Let's get this out of the way, I liked the issue, I thought it was really strong, and the teases have me hooked. That being said, let's get into some problems...
The inking issue. A few months ago, there was a story on Bleeding Cool that just had multiple inkers take on Jim Lee's pencils for Batman #2's variant. They all looked really different... and the same can be said here. There were a total of 9 credited inkers on this issue. I'm not sure if one ore a few of them were for Ivan Reis' teaser pages, but even then... 8 inkers on one penciller, at best. This issue really makes your appreciate Scott Williams, as even though Jim Lee pencilled all but four (I think?) pages of this oversized issue, it looked like there were multiple artists, thats how vastly different some of the inkers made Lee's pencils look. It was wildly inconsistent, and I don't think it would happen, but I'd love to see it re-inked for the trade release.
Then, let's move on to the kiss. This isn't really a problem with the kiss itself, or anything in the book particularly, it's the hype surrounding it. First of all, I flat out fucking hate when "game changers" are teased to high heaven, only to be spoiled a week before, and be put on the cover. Hate it. Then, there's what we actually got, I was thinking "this kiss can't be what they were teasing, there has to be something more that actually is a game changer." But nope... just the kiss. So, what actually happened because of that? Nothing. Nothing really happened. I get Superman and Wonder Woman hooking up is a big point DC can throw out there to sell books, but other than fan service and stupid promotions, nothing monumental happened.
Regardless, I liked the issue, and only knock it for all those inkers.