’ve always said that the TV show Justice League Unlimited was everything the JLA comic should be. Well, this issue of Justice League Unlimitedadds to my feelings. THIS is the JLA done right.
You’ve got great icon and obscure super heroes with lots of action and interaction. You’ve also got entertainment for all ages without talking up or down to either generation.
Best of all… you’ve got B’Wana Beast! Yes, you read that right… B’Wana Beast. Not that politically correct mistake, “Freedom Beast”. (Groan… that musta took a think tank to come up with.) No sir! B’Wana Beast, the real deal, the real “Lord of the Jungle.” Best part is B’Wana Beast is shown in all his manly, politically incorrect glory. He’s fighting, burping, bad mouthing and taking no prisoners. Superman can’t contol him and he can’t even contain this jungle wild man. He has to talk Animal Man into it.
Did I mention that this issue also has one of DC’s greatest bad guys in it? Gorilla Grodd! It’s like I died and went to Four Color Heaven.
Adam Beechen does a wonderful job in fleshing out B’Wana Beast and showing his Alpha Male personality. It’s funny; it’s fresh and downright entertaining. There is quick and witty dialogue exchanged throughout the story by every character. Everybody gets a good line or two. Animal Man tells this story and does it in a way that you understand and enjoy. Even though Animal Man may look like the Vertigo Comics version, he is much more enjoyable and real than that LSD trip we were all drug through in the 80s and 90s.
It’s a treat for me when two of my favorite obscure childhood characters get some spotlight in the DCU. No wonder this book is my favorite monthly comic.
The art by Carlo Barberi and Tom Fowler is perfect for the story and the book. Everything is big, clear and bright. The story telling is dead on and you can understand what’s going on without any ten ton blocks of text. This is a book you can hand to your kid or keep for yourself. Big time pleasure will be had by all. Beechen proves that you can write straight ahead action/adventure without any talking heads, gore, cussin’ or perverted twists. This is what mainstream comics should be all about. After the last two columns I did on the state of mainstream super hero comics its only fitting that this issue of JLU pop up to show that the right way can still be done. This is proof of what can be done when writers write for everyone (including themselves) and not just for themselves.
From the front cover and Grodd’s classic line to the last page, this issue of Justice League Unlimited is the best $2.25 you will spend this month. My wife said I liked this issue because B’Wana Beast and I act and talk the same way. Hmmmph! I told her she was crazy and then sent her to fix me a sandwich and fetch my loin cloth and helmet. Women! Can’t live with em’, can’t stuff em’ into a sack.
My suggestion is for you to go buy this issues and treat yourself to some fun the way it’s supposed to be. If you love the classic and obscure DC heroes then here is a place where you can get them without all the whining, preaching, endless jibber-jabber and intergalactic mumbo-jumbo.
A little red meat aggression is good for the soul. Just ask B’Wana Beast.