James Robinson and Mark Bagley are now four months into their run on Justice League. The first three issues were your standard “Blackest Night” tie-in and, overall, the book was filled with the things one has come to expect from the “Blackest Night” storyline. There were long-dead characters such as Vibe and Steel and the recently dead Dr. Arthur Light reanimated by Black Lantern Rings and attacking the current members of the team. It had heroes battling their undead teammates and villain while having to face the thoughts and fears that readers of the “Blackest Night” have come to know and love.
Issue #41, however, takes place after “Blackest Night.” Some teammates leave in order to recuperate from their physical injuries and others, having just come face to face with their undead loved ones, are coping with feelings of self-doubt and failure.
This issue focuses mainly on Donna Troy who, having just fought her undead son and husband, has decided to quit being a hero entirely. After a brief conversation with Wonder Woman, she decides to stay and even goes on a recruitment drive. This new team line-up is the most intriguing part of this issue. Although the Big Three of DC Comics will not be on this team (at least not the version of the Big Three that most DC fans have grown accustomed to), the new line-up could prove to be a passing of the torch in the DC Universe. Will that actually happen? Only time will tell.
The only part of this issue that did not seem to fit was a few pages dealt with some kind of alien item in the Smithsonian that was found in Virginia during the American Revolution. Although this will assuredly come into play, it still didn’t quite seem to fit in where it was placed.