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Justice #7

Justice #7

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 30, 2006

Cover date: October 2006

Writter: Jim Krueger and Alex Ross
Penciller: Doug Braithwaite
Painter: Alex Ross

"Justice: Chapter Seven"

Reviewed by: Nick Newman

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Martian Manhunter and Zatanna search for Aquaman inside of a warehouse where the sea life pointed them. They finally find him lying on a table, and Zatanna cannot believe what they've done to his brain.

Grodd begins to manipulate the friends and sidekicks of all of the heroes.

Flying north, Batman and Wonder Woman arrive at the Fortress of Solitude.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl fight against an army of Brainiacs. Hawkman plants a bomb and the Hawks escape the factory moments before it explodes.

Superman and Captain Marvel catch up with the Flash, still unable to stop running. Marvel speeds forward, and transforms into Billy at the last moment. The lightning bolt sends the Flash bouncing across the ground, before Superman catches both Billy and Barry. Superman asks Marvel if he can borrow some money. Barry needs food and there is an all-you-can-eat buffet nearby.

Across the planet, villains attack the allies of the heroes.

Hal Jordan talks to the artificial constructs inside his ring. Giving up, he tells the ring that he's going to die alone. However, the ring responds that in his current energy form he will never die. Hal tells the ring to change him back into his human form and let him die, but the ring cannot let him die. The ring says that he will live forever, alone.

Freddy and Mary walk down Shazam's tunnel when Freddy suddenly turns and finds Black Adam holding Mary.

The heroes assemble at the Fortress. Superman unlocks the door and they head inside.

J'onn and Zatanna take Aquaman to the Doom Patrol, and the Professor tells them that there is nothing he can do for him. Zatanna commends that the hole doesn't look as big as it was, and the Professor tells them that Aquaman is healing himself. He is an amphibian, so he must have the ability to regrow lost cells.

In Atlantis, Aqualad finds Mera and Aquaman's son. Under the villain's control, he strikes Mera and steals her son and takes him back to Black Manta.

5Story - 5: Stuff is really getting going now and I am loving it. Ross' love of both Captain Marvel and Aquaman really shows in this issue, and while I'm a little sick of the use of Captain Marvel, seeing Aquaman get a new power was nice.

I'm also very glad that they've finally saved Barry. Since he's the only person in this book that we don't see in the DCU proper, I'm looking forward to seeing some silver-age Flash.

My favorite part though, continues to be Hal's journey through space. The idea of Hal living forever, alone and unable to end his life is just a fantastic concept.

It's hard reviewing individual issues of this series, because I really get the feeling that it's something that should be read as a whole, as I will someday do in the inevitable Absolute Edition that DC will surely put out. As such, each issue moves a little slowly, but this is still shaping up to be the definitive Justice League story.

5Art - 5: I can only say this so many times, but this art is gorgeous. Ross' work really benefits when he has someone else pencil for him. A lot of Ross' work tends to look very static; great for a poster but not always the best for an action shot. With Braithwaite providing the pencils, the art looks much more fluid and dynamic while still maintaining the look of Ross' other work.

And the look of Ross' work is definitely majestic. The splash of the door to the Fortress of Solitude, and then the double-page splash walking into the Fortress were just beautiful.

2Cover Art - 2: Rare for this series, but this cover is pretty disappointing. The image is too dark, too busy, and way too close to the action. Hawkman is a hero that can look majestic, but here he just looks crammed in. The art itself is great of course, with the lighting in particular being a high point, but overall it's just not as good as it should be.

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