At the beginning of issue fourteen, Simon Baz’s life is slowly falling apart. He doesn’t have any control over the ring that’s found him but he’s also being confronted by his family for the crimes he has committed; not to mention the police and the nation itself. With that in mind, what could make things worse?
The Justice League is the answer to that question. Baz is caught completely off guard, and does battle with them. They don’t trust him because he has been labeled a terrorist, and he won’t give in because he feels he needs to stop the bomber as that’s why the ring was given to him. He is able to escape, and meets with Sira who tells him Nazir’s coma was not his fault. He tells her he feels he can make a difference with the ring, and keep himself safe. Unfortunately for him, there’s a threat looming closer and closer to him, and the two men who can stop it Hal Jordan and Sinestro are in the Dead Zone.
Geoff Johns continues to keep me in suspense. I love when he writes these epics, and throwing an entirely new character into the mix while he deals with a huge change to his life keeps the story fresh. However, I still have problems with the way Baz was dealt with by police and the portrayal of Dearborn, MI as a very urban city when it is not quite like that.
Doug Mahnke is still doing the best work of his career here. He is capturing every scene great, and dynamically differs the different characters and environments. With his look to the Dead Zone, I cannot wait for next month.
With these two at the helm, I will always look forward to the next issue even if I disagree with minor things in it somewhat.