Me: But I think the worst part about the J'onn story arc is that it's like a microcosm of the Penance thing
Eric: yes, you're right
Eric: and that would explain our distaste for J'onn OYL anyway
Me: With Penance, Robbie spent eight or so issues denying his guilt and proclaiming his innocence, then suddenly went emo and angry
Me: In this, J'onn spent three issues contemplating the horrible things mankind does and their lies and dishonesty, but then is reminded of their courage, bravery, and willingness to fight, and so he joins with them again
Me: and then, two weeks later, he hates people and is all disenchanted with humanity
Eric: it's like Black Adam beat all the empathy for human beings out of J'onn
Me: but then, why would he be smiling (I think) on the last page?
Me: Man, I just hope this is the last we see of that god-awful costume
Eric: maybe his miniseries was a joke?
Me: it was a joke
Eric: yes, yes
Me: the punchline is "Trials of Shazam"
Me: I think "The Creeper" is a one-liner
Eric: it was a really good week
Eric: just, World War III
Eric: man, that could have been something
Me: I think WWIII ends up being a marvel of compressed storytelling
Me: because they managed to cram an entire universe-spanning, 6-month crossover into 5 books
Me: you have the one core title that makes sense
Me: and then the peripheral books that unnecessarily expand on and contradict the core title, while addressing pointless continuity issues that no one cares about
Me: it's really kind of beautiful, in a train wreck sort of way
Eric: great point
Me: If Civil War had crammed all its incoherence into 5 issues, I might have liked it.
Me: well, not liked
Me: but not so actively loathed