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JLA #125

JLA #125

Scheduled to arrive in stores: February 8, 2006

Cover date: April 2006

Writer: Bob Harras
Penciller: Tom Derenick
Inker: Dan Green
Cover: Daniel Acuna

"Mind Field"

Reviewed by: Barry Freiman

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Envy has enveloped the Batman and the Green Arrow. They fight one another without reason.

Envy shows himself to the Key.

Dawn fights Black Canary.

As the heroes fight amongst themselves, the Key absorbs every thought in Gotham and fires them telepathically at Envy. Envy vanishes.

The heroes subdue the Key.

Dawn uses magic to put the Key in an empty dimension where he can be isolated and punished without being tortured by the minds of others.

Batman leaves.

Dawn checks on the Key (who can apparently sense that we're reading about him). In this phantom Zone (not THE Phantom Zone, fellow Superman zealots), Dawn stands with J'onn J'onzz and Manitou Raven. J'onn and Raven express their pride in Dawn's solution for imprisoning the Key.

Dawn disappears into the cave that was once the JLA's Secret Sanctuary. On the moon, the remains of the blown up Watchtower sit empty.

Elsewhere, time and space reveal all of the headquarters of the difference incarnations of the Justice League - The Secret Sanctuary, the Watchtower, the Satellite, and the Hall of Justice.

1Story - 1: So this is how it ends for the Greatest Heroic Minds of our time? Not with a whimper, not with a bang? How do they choose to reward readers who've stayed with "JLA" for 125 issues?

Life minus $2.50 - back to work.

2Art - 2: The story's art is boring and unremarkable. Like the story.

However, the last page has a picture of all of the JLA's headquarters over the years - including the Super Friends' Hall of Justice! That's very cool - how about putting the next incarnation of the Justice League of America into an Earth-bound location that looks like the old home for Wendy, Marvin, Zan, Jayna, Wonder Dog, and space monkey Gleek?

3Cover Art - 3: Who's the crazy guy with the wild, untamed beard trying to kill the Batman with his bare hands and... an arrow? Consumed by Envy or not, Green Arrow really does have a pathetically outdated Errol Flynn fixation.

The only thing I like about this cover is the background that makes the book look like a leather-bound edition. It gives the book a sense of importance that the story unfortunately doesn't deserve.

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