Justice League (2016) #12 Review

Justice League | Issue #12 | Published 1/4/17 | DC
Written by Tim Seeley | Art by Christian Duce Fernandez

Justice League Issue #12 is a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad tie-in issue dedicated to Max Lord’s rebirth. Sounds interesting, right? No, I know that it doesn’t, and I can assure you that it really isn’t worth your time unless you are over the moon about the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event taking place. Sure, Maxwell Lord has, from time to time, been an important member of the DCU, but I don’t think that now is the best time to dedicate an issue of Justice League to his re-introduction.

The artwork throughout the issue is really good, but unfortunately, it’s wasted on a lackluster story. The entire issue consists of Maxwell Lord having a conversation with Amanda Waller and reads like a history lesson thanks to the flashbacks. Eventually, Lord, the telepath with Mommy issues, does showcase some of his telepathic abilities and eventually eludes Waller, but there isn’t nearly enough action, or interesting backstory, to call this a worthwhile read.

Not knowing that this was going to be a tie-in issue, I was placing a great weight on Issue #12 to redeem the series and thus, give me good reason to continue reading along every two weeks. So yet again, I find myself looking to next issue to redeem the series, or at the very least, provide me with a glimmer of hope.

The Bottom Line

Unless you have no idea who Max Lord is or, are completely invested in the Justice League vs. Suicide  Squad event currently going on, don’t waste your time with this one. Aside from some beautifully drawn panels, which, aren’t enough to pick the issue up from the floor, there isn’t much to see here. Since there hasn’t been that much going on with Justice League (the current series) in terms of quality of story, I don’t think that now is the best time for a boring tie-in issue.

Score: 5 out of 10