JLA #86

Writer: Joe Kelly Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 10, 2003 Critic Reviews: 2
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The mysterious creature known as The Burning has decimated the Justice League. Can the few unscathed members find out the secret behind this deadly foe in time--or will the entire League go up in flames? "Trial by Fire" Part 3.

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    Comics Bulletin - Jason Cornwell Sep 16, 2003

    An action heavy issue in which the JLA do battle with a fairly ruthless adversary who may or may not be one of their own. Now the JLA come across as bit disorganized, and there are times when it's a little difficult to believe this is the DCU's team supreme, as they display very little teamwork, and unable to coordinate their attacks. Then again, with half the team fairly new to the concept of fighting as a team combines the abrupt nature of the attack itself, and I'm more than willing to accept the notion that the JLA have simply been caught on the heels, and their opponent is powerful and smart enough to not give them the time or space they need to get their act together. It certainly make for an exciting reading experience, as the question of whether the JLA are fighting one of their own in an interesting dilemma, and I rather enjoy the novelty of a JLA battle where the team ends up running away. Plus, there's some fairly serious-minded moments in the battle, as a couple JLAers are Read Full Review

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    Comics Bulletin - Cody Dolan Sep 14, 2003

    Im this close to begging DC to add a Previously page to JLA as the scope of this and every Joe Kelly story calls for one. This is the kind of arc that should be released in TPB format only, and that hurts my enjoyment of the title. I dont want to have to reread the previous issues to understand the current one, and thats what I feel I have to do. Everything feels disjointed because theres too much going on at once. Between the big fight, the flashback, Vandal Savages involvement, the appearance of the Guardians, the multi-layered scene in the Fortress, and the deepening relationship of Jonn and Scorch Im left feeling like I either missed something or the story is stretched to thin. Read Full Review

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