This issue isn’t so much a Justice League issue, in fact the team only appears in one page of the comic, no, this issue is devoted to the backstory of Maxwell Lord who re-emerged in the first issue of JLA Vs. Suicide Squad. Readers get a glimpse of Max’s childhood, his rise through the ranks of Checkmate, and how he turns the tables on Amanda Waller.
I don’t agree with this being placed as a full issue in the middle of the JL’s regular run. This could have been a back-up story and served the same purpose. I know that pre-52 fans know that Lord has been a thorn in the League’s side before, but devoting an entire issue to the guy? I’m not sold.
Regardless we got a more in-depth look at one of DC’s rising villains and I don’t think we have seen the last of the Lord Vs. Waller dynamic.
Final Score: 3 Stars
Justice League #12
Story: Tim Seeley
Art: Christian Duce
Colors: Mat Lopes
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Publisher: DC Comics