Do you know why I hate filler? Of course not. That’s why I asked, but the reason I hate filler is that it truly accomplishes nothing.
Either it confirms something about the character(s) that was already known, or it completely reconstructs their persona, and the story line may or my not be canon. These changes can hurt the credibility of a story, so I rarely ever find it useful. Even if it is setting something up for later. If anything, I would prefer filler to be integrated into the main story line, much like in many television shows (ie. Supernatural, Burn Notice, and so on). This gives you something that progresses with the overall story and creates a sense that the ‘filler’ might be related to the overall plot.
That, is why I hate it in comics. If people are shelling out three or four dollars for something, it needs to be worth their time and good. This is why I have such distaste for Issue 8 of Justice League. It progressed the story line in the smallest ways. Additionally, it only seemed to tell us that the Justice League has trust issues and that Green Arrow is just a nerfed version of Batman.
This information does very little to help anyone. In fact, it left a horrible taste in my mouth.
Moving forward, however, the actual story is a complete opposite of the filler. Proceeding to show us that the Justice League is a part of a much larger world. Their threats are not the only ones in this world. And, sometimes, they are not even the most dangerous. They are just more global than the other threats.
The story ‘s main focus was to show that the world believed that the Justice League was thought to be infallible. And their villains shared in the world’s idolatry of these global heroes. It was his, the villain’s, loss that made him think otherwise of the heroes.
So the heroes would have to know the villain’s pain pain in order for him to truly believe that these were the heroes that deserved the worship they keep getting. The League is taken on a journey that pushes them in very possible way. For a moment, I swear I thought it was a Batman comic.
In this series, it becomes clear that the League, no matter their origins, are human and not the gods that the world perceives them to be. That is where the team have to question their own strength as a unit. They are not really a team, even after all of that time being a League. They do not spend time outside of Watchtower. They do not even know each other’s real names. Well, Batman does. But come on, he is BATMAN! It is expected of him to be paranoid and to know things about his teammates.
But it comes down to a weakness almost all of them have. It seems everyone on the team has problems communicating with one another, unless there is some kind of disaster. While, Superman seems to just sit in the background floating, which just goes to shows just how much a loner he really is compared to everyone else. You know something is wrong when Batman has become more of a team player that Superman. Through all of these weaknesses, it becomes apparent that two members are not having this problem. I will give you a hint: They are some of the Finest this World has to offer.
That is right. Through all of this confusion of a reboot, they keep Batman and Superman as friends. Who won’t even steal each other’s girlfriends. It simply works out that way.
The story progresses to the heroes having a final confrontation with the villain. It is not just a confrontation. It is so much more than that. They need to experience what he did. And this is where I have to credit Geoff Johns for going in this direction. While it is not the most original, it is something fans need to see.
Every hero has lost someone they desperately love, except perhaps Wonder Woman. Superman had his adoptive parents, who he had been powerless to save. Bruce had his parents die before his eyes as a child. Hal’s father died in a plane crash when Hal did nothing but adore him. Cyborg may have lost something even more important: He lost himself. Part of himself died.Each one, in some way or another is essentially an orphan. Perhaps their only chance at having a family is with one another.
They should not fight for leadership so often. They should be coordinating. And in this arc, you can see they need more than that. Each member needs one another. And it is not so easy to just pretend that they don’t. More than ever they are isolated individuals who are saving people from horrors that are unimaginable. Rape, murder, theft and so on is fair game for them to stop. Something they each need to realize that they need to work on being a team, if they will ever have a hope of being full functional people. Batman sometimes seems to be taking his life one minute at a time. When he is overwhelmed by the memories of his parents, he tells himself to not let it get to him, and that he needs to bottle his emotions.
The story is not that long, nor is its story all that original, but this story is necessary, now more than ever. People need to remember that these heroes are people. They are not perfect. They are not gods, who will remain infallible in all they do. Fans need to see that Superman is vulnerable to more than Kryptonite. Batman needs a foe that he cannot simply shout out he is Batman and have them crumble.
It shows some people still fear loss because of the past. Others can be afraid of that a loss is still to come. Everyone, even heroes, has fear. Luckily, I will say it is not all sad. After all, Superman, who may have lost the most, and Wonder Woman, who is afraid to lose so much, could both gain something…together.
Justice League brought it all to us once more. This time, though, their battle was that of the mind or body. It was much more, using the soul as the medium of their battle. And it was just as amazing as if Superman had lifted the planet. It makes it work so very well.