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Justice League Unlimited #17

Justice League Unlimited #17

Scheduled to arrive in stores: January 4, 2006

Cover date: March 2006

Writer: Adam Beechen
Penciller: Carlo Barberi
Inker: Larry Stucker
Cover Art: Carlo Barberi

"Let Freedom Ring!"

Reviewed by: Adam Dechanel

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General Mendenhall issues orders for the Freedom Fighters to spy on the JLU.

Initially they refuse - the League are their allies and even one of their members: The Ray, has a son in the ranks after all.

The General assures the team they needn't fight the League, just get into the Watchtower and steal information from their computers so the government will know their every move. Should it be anything un-American they'll have knowledge straight away.

The patriotism of Uncle Sam and his team lead them to agree to tap the computers.

As the team leave, the real General Mendenhall arrives and orders his minion to change back into his own uniform and congratulates him for hoodwinking the good guys. He explains he wants to get to the bottom of the JLU's plans where Amanda Waller has failed.

The Freedom Fighters lie their way onto the satellite and distract everyone while Doll Man sneaks inside the Watchtower computer. Unfortunately for Doll Man he is discovered by Atom and the plan not to fight goes out the window.

Cue long fight scene.

At the end of the fight Superman decrypts the damage Doll Man did to the systems and they all stop for a heart to heart.

When the Freedom Fighters mention a young man named Mendenhall was behind the plan, Green Lantern realizes they've been duped.

He met the real Mendenhall years ago and knows that the General is an old man now!

They confront the real General and put a stop to his covert operation.

Uncle Sam feels as though the American government let everyone down and that maybe he - as the spirit of America was no longer needed.

Superman pats him on the back and asks that the Freedom Fighters stay in closer contact with the League. He also adds that despite the fact one surly General was plotting away - he wasn't the USA he was just one scheming man.

America will always need its Uncle Sam.

1Story - 1: Utter rubbish. Sorry guys this month was so off the mark it was unbelievable.

Brainless fist fights amongst the smartest members of the League and the FF.

A wafer thin plot that was too silly even for a Looney Tunes episode.

It had the heart of a good story - investigate what the League is really all about but devolved into a smackdown that just wouldn't have happened.

And the spirit of America stuff was like spoon feeding a senior citizen treacle.

Hmm its good to see Supergirl is over her fear of the cold and ice... I remember a Supergirl special and animated episode in which she had a phobia because her entire family died in the cold...

4Art - 4: Can't fault the interior art!

4Cover Art - 4: A well composed and brilliantly coloured cover, it lost a point because the perspective is wrong - who are the league looking at - the FF are arriving from behind and they are looking ahead Love, love, love, the glow effect though!

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