Title: The Secret of the Cheetah Part One/On the Outs
Writer: Geoff Johns/Geoff Johns & Jeff Lemire
Art by: Tony S. Daniel/Brad Walker
Cover by: Tony S. Daniel, Richard Friend & Tomeu Morey
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Official DC Comics Synopsis: GEOFF JOHNS is joined by TONY DANIEL for a two-part chapter in the Justice League saga marching toward TRINITY WAR. JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 will have the world debating its shocking conclusion – and where it will lead from here! The League takes on a villain destined to be one of the greatest threats to the DC Universe in the year ahead – the mysterious Cheetah! But who is she? What is her connection to Wonder Woman? And how will this fundamentally change the relationships within the team?
Review by: Brendan S.
I’m going to start by saying that this review does not really belong on this site for namely one reason, Batman appears in about 9 panels, it was a very Wonder Woman centric story, as made fairly obvious to anyone who actually took time out to look at the cover of the issue they bought. The issue picks up where issue #12 left off, the awkward follow up to the Wonder Woman and Superman make out session. Then we shift five days later to Central Park where Wonder Woman and the Cheetah are duking it out until the Cheetah knocks Wonder Woman unconscious. She wakes up in the Watchtower, and she’s doing her typical “I don’t need help, this is my problem I will deal with it,” and Superman, Flash, & Cyborg are trying to get Wonder Woman to let them help. Then Superman and Wonder Woman have the really awkward conversation that can be summed up with three words, “It was nice.” Then Wonder Woman lets them help. Batman and Aquaman talk to Steve Trevor blah blah blah, and honestly don’t care. Then the six of them go to the Amazon hunting Cheetah and low and behold she shows up. And my major problem with this issue is how does Cheetah bite Superman and turn him into a Cheetah…thing. I mean yeah she’s probably powered by magic yadda yadda yadda but how does she get a tooth through the armor, I mean yeah magic but armor is armor, Kryptonian or not.
But anyway overall this was a really boring issue with the sub par art that Daniel consistently supplies. I feel like Johns is getting lost in the little world that he is trying to make of the Trinity of Sin and the Justice League and Justice League of America titles that he is losing touch with the DC Universe as a whole. I mean Aquaman still looks Justice League #3 Aquaman as opposed to Aquaman #1 Aquaman when they are both supposed to be present day. I am getting really bored with this book and honestly just want the Trinity War to just come and go because it is just completely veering the titles in a direction that the rest of the universe is not going. This is just dull and the only reason I keep coming back for this book is mainly for the SHAZAM! back-up, which was solicited for this issue FYI, but it was not in there instead we get a story about Steve Trevor getting fired and Green Arrow fighting a Firestorm villain. UGH just frustrating to see this book still going.