Justice League of America #4
By Bryan Hitch, Daniel Henriques, & Alex Sinclair
Bryan Hitch continues his run on this relaunch of Justice League of America with the team spread thin across worlds and time. Earth is slowly reaching a perfect state of bliss under the Kryptonian god, Rao. Batman, of course, feels something is amiss and begins to investigate and prepare for a confrontation with the supposed deity with Cyborg and Superman. Meanwhile, Green Lantern is lost on ancient Krypton and filling in some the historical gaps behind the enigmatic character.
It was a bit disappointing that Wonder Woman nor the Flash made an appearance in this issue, but more than likely that means they’ll be front and center in next month’s book. Hitch’s writing seems to be strongest when he writes for Bruce Wayne; it just reads pitch-perfectly. That’s not to say he doesn’t do the others justice, but they just seem to be by the numbers. He tries to give each member of the League time to shine, but sadly some are shortchanged such as Aquaman.
Hitch is trying to capture a massive threat worthy of the JLA’s attention and he seems to be doing that fairly well with Rao. He’s a character’s that allows for plenty of plot latitude. Having Barry and Hal travel through time was a nice twist and most stories delving into Kryptonian mythology/history can be an excellent hook. Only time will tell if Hitch executes and elevates.
Bryan Hitch also continues penciling duties. If there’s one thing he’s known for it’s his expansive or panoramic panels. He blends them together and is frequently changing the layouts. By doing this, Hitch keeps the artwork fresh and intriguing. One criticism is that the work does not seem as detailed as some of his past comics. Daniel Henriques and Alex Sinclair ink and color his work well. Although, it seems that the colors could stand to be a little heavier/darker. Henriques’s inking does bring depth and definition that Hitch’s work needs. This trio has a good artistic collaboration.
JLA is still an interesting book and a fresh take that the title needed. It’s only four issues in, so it’s easy to catch-up. Luckily, readers don’t need to be aware of any previous storylines. Those who like Justice League tales with the classic lineup should check it out.