Preview: JLA: Justice League of America #5 Gets Interim Creative Team


Writers: Matt Kint and Rob Williams

Penciller: Phillip Tan

As a reviewer assigned to Bryan Hitch’s run on JLA: Justice League of America, I have found myself waiting… and waiting… for the release of JLA: Justice League of America #5. The delays seem to be confirmed officially with the solicit for a JLA #5 boasting a new, albeit temporary, creative team of Matt Kindt, Rob Williams, Philip Tan, and Jason Paz.

Bryan Hitch is conspicuous by his absence.

JLA: Justice League of America #5 will now see Martian Manhunter face off against an alien serial killer in “Rage of the Martian Manhunter,” a tie-in to Martian Manhunter #7 coming soon.

Bryan Hitch’s Rao storyline is slated to continue in JLA: Justice League of America #6, and proceed from there.

Tardiness is hardly new to Hitch. The Ultimates, his first run on JLA, all notorious for delays. In a 2005 interview, Hitch noted, “Everyone thought of me as an unreliable artist.  I think it’s a reputation I’m working hard to recover.  ‘Cause I think people still now see me as an unreliable artist.”

With incredible talent comes incredible pressure – both internal and external. The detail and intricacy of Hitch’s work comes with a price:  it takes time and attention. One can be reliable and create lack-luster content. Brilliance is rarely a scheduled activity.

For me, it’s well worth the wait to have a cohesive story arch that meets the quality control of the author and artist – in this case, found in one person, Bryan Hitch. I am certain the Martian Manhunter story will be enjoyable, but I am inclined to wait for the conclusion of JLA: Justice League of America‘s Rao story.






JLA: Justice League of America #5 arrives in comic shops November 25.


John Hagmann

John Hagmann

John Hagmann is a Staff Writer at Dark Knight News, specializing in writing reviews of team-up titles. John collects Silver and Bronze Age 'Justice League' and 'Batman' titles, as well as anything Classic TV Batman. For more than fifteen years, John has devoted his life to service through the local church working in Youth, Family, and Culture. In addition to his work and writing, John has an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary and is a candidate for ordination in PC(USA). John resides in Houston with his wife and three kids.