Justice League has been without a doubt one of the best bang-for-your-buck comics in the last year. James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder always seem to stuff every issue with plot development, character moments and great action. Issue #29 is no different, and it serves as a great jumping-on point for new readers.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
Does a Starro dream of an electric Justice League? Sensing the danger to come, Jarro fears for his newfound friends. He ponders each one and their potential fate to decide whether he should mentally block them from going forward into what could be certain destruction…the coming war with the Legion of Doom!
Why does this matter?
Outside of being a good jumping-on point for the series, it’s a good jumping-on point for “Year of the Villain.” It also may be the cutest story involving the end of everything I’ve ever read.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
There are so many big ideas in this issue it’s hard to fathom it fit in its 20 or so pages. It’s quite an ambitious comic book, opening on three pages focused on a Starro-related reveal that’s steeped in big sci-fi ideas as well as rich DC history. The latter element is something you’ll marvel at coming away from this book, since Snyder and Tynion do such a good job stuffing this issue with recap without it feeling boring. Instead, you’ll get a better idea of how their work over the last two years has come to this, as well as how large the DC universe has become on a universe-level scale.
Outside of that though, this is Jarro’s issue. As you can see in the image below he’s still dreaming of a life as a Robin. He calls Batman “dad,” clearly respects the guy, and a chunk of this issue is about Jarro fighting Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom. Not joking! The dialogue for Jarro is at times hilarious and at the very least super fun. Jarro’s powers of mind control also play a big part in the issue and upon reflection, after finishing the comic it’s clear the opening pages connect to what is going on here.
Bruno Redondo, with colors by Hi-Fi, and letters by Tom Napolitano, put together a great superhero book. It’s amazing how Jarro’s immaturity and cuteness scream through loud and clear even when you realize how ridiculous it is a talking starfish is wearing a Robin costume. The use of color is telling a bigger story here, from bright purples, blues when the heroes arrive, and stark white when Jarro has a touching moment help tell this story. This looks every bit like the AAA book it is.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
It’s hard to talk about my one gripe without spoiling things, but let’s just say if you’re someone who enjoys the journey you’ll love this. If you’re expecting everything in this book to matter…you might be irked. I think they’ve pulled it off, but it’s hard to deny the twist is going to mislead folks.
Is it good?
Another excellent installment in what is clearly the best superhero team book on the stands. It’s big, it’s hopeful, it’s complex, and it’s having so much fun doing it.