Elsewhere, another pick'n'mix group of Leaguers find force isn't the way into the House of Mystery, with Catwoman discerning a way in (sadly, it isn't a Cat Flap of Mystery). Most of the heroes who went to heaven to interrogate the departed Dr Light in last week's Phantom Stranger are returned, the poor guy having nothing for them. The Stranger himself doesn't make it back ...
The Secret Society, meanwhile, weaponises the corpse of Dr Light, priming it to blow up when Superman's sub-team reaches the ARGUS facility to confront the Machiavellian Amanda Waller - is she behind the frame-up? Would she go so far as to engineer the death of Dr Light to discredit the Justice League so that her Justice League of America could step in and take over?
Not that they necessarily would at this point, as her supposed playthings are seeing what a truly rotten apple Waller is. And the wall of secrets between the Leagues begins to crumble, as the original team learns the JLA was formed to take them out, with the Atom admitting she was Waller's spy in the JL.
While the Atom's naïveté allowed her to be manipulated, the big patsy this issue is Dr Psycho, used in the Secret Society's scheme against Superman, then abandoned. Not that he doesn't deserve it - this isn't the cutesy freedom fighter of current issues of Superboy, but a real psychopath, kidnapping and cutting up ordinary people in some weird quest to find a truly good person. It's as if he's attacking Pandora's problem from another angle - only a truly good or evil person can, supposedly, re-bottle the evils - though should he find a white knight, they're going to be in no fit state to open a jar.
I don't like this portrayal of Psycho. Traditionally he's been a woman-hating loon, with the Superboy version being a departure - but as that's the first version seen in the DC New 52 revamp, that's who he should be, not a refugee from a Saw movie. The Superboy version could have been used here, doing something dodgy without actually being a nightmarish figure - I see the hand of gore-happy Geoff Johns here, rather than co-writer Jeff Lemire.
I'm not down with Martian Manhunter's willingness to risk destroying Psycho's own mind to get answers, either, but at least this hard-nosed attitude is consistent with the J'onn J'onzz of the last few years.
I do like the portrayal of Lex Luthor as a man who considers himself effortlessly superior to all around him, and adore the way he pops Pandora's portentous prattlings (click on image to enlarge).
There are about 74 inkers this issue, but happily Doug Mahnke's pencils are strong enough to survive the slightly different treatments from scene-to-scene - and all of the inkers involved are talented. Mahnke is at his best in the packed pictures of determined Leaguers looking in every direction for the truth.
Mahnke's cover is a bit of a letdown, it's far too crowded and Alex Sinclair's colours don't make much sense of the image - not even Firestorm's 'hair' pops. Everything seems on the same plane, nothing grabs the eye.
Justice League of America #7 isn't a brilliant comic, but it's my favourite issue to date, with incidents aplenty and heroes acting together to get closer to the bad guys. There are fun character moments and disturbing character moments, but it's never boring, and looks great.