ďWar and PeaceĒ
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller: Mike McKone
Inker: Marlo Alquiza
Wonder Woman has arrived to collect Cassie and bring her back to her mother. Even though Cassie admits it was wrong to run off, the Titans (especially Starfire) donít take kindly to Dianaís imperious tone. When the JLA show up to support Diana, the battle is joined.
So, this is where Johns has been leading all these months. His various threads, some rather inexplicable along the way, definitely come together in this 6th issue finale to the TPB-sized first arc. The moral dilemmas brought up in his first story (should these kids be risking their lives like their adult counterparts?) come to a head, as the Titans and the JLA have to each offer answers to that question.
Conversation ranges widely around (as itís wont to do in a Johns story) from issue to issue, encompassing both Cassieís new closeness with Ares and Robinís continued investigation into Kon-Elís DNA. Along the way we see Impulse not quite hold his own against the Flash, Cyborg take on John Stewart*, and Starfire in a righteous rage over, it turns out, Donnaís death.
Iíve liked Johnsí take on Kory since the beginning of this new series; sheís a seasoned warrior, as naÔve and rambunctious maybe as always, but no fool and not one to take responsibilities and debts lightly. She is far from intimidated by Diana, and says something to Superman thatís been on a lot of peopleís minds, it seems. It definitely brings home the scope of the debate, and (I think) makes it clear that these kids already live in a dangerous world, and need to be prepared for it.
This is the second book this month (after Formerly Known as the JLI, ending its own six-issue run) to portray Diana as rather pompous and overbearing; while I canít say I love this characterization, it certainly fits her character arc with Cassie to find her well-meaning directives going unheeded. And Cassieís new lightning-charged lasso (the girl is just racking up gifts from the gods, dating back to her powers themselves) is a fun weapon to add to the Amazon arsenal.
I love that it finally takes Nightwing to talk some since into everyone, including his own former mentor Bruce. Johns definitely has a handle on the Bat family, as Robin, Nightwing and Batman share a ruthlessness that inevitably puts them at odds with each other, not to mention their other teammates.
McKone outdoes himself this issue, turning in his best work yet on the title. Too often JLA guest-spots come off as cheesy outside their own title, but he does the five power-houses in this story proud, while continuing to develop the best looking Titans since the Buckingham/Grayson days. His storytelling is clear, his tech inventive, and has heroes look glamorous and strong.
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