Justice Leauge is fantastic, but at this point, you may as well say water is wet. The series has been so good for so long and has set a new bar for consistently good and epic superhero storytelling. Issue #30 set the stage for a wild multi-plot race to save the universe, which makes today’s issue our first dip of our toe in the pool of brand new journeys. Buckle up!
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“The Justice Doom War” part two! The culmination of Lex Luthor’s plan hinges on his beating the Justice League to the prize, ratcheting up the peril as the Year of the Villain continues! The Totality has shattered and its pieces have been tossed across space and time. Thus, the Justice League must also split apart, forming three search teams to comb the past, present, and future to re-combine the Totality before the Legion of Doom can get its villainous hands on the cosmic weapon. What allies will our heroes find in these other timelines? In the future, it’s the Last Boy on Earth, Kamandi! But in the past, there are the familiar faces of the Justice Society of America!
Why does this matter?
The fate of the universe is in the heroes’ hands across time (literally) and space! It’s the biggest adventure the Justice League has been on and it’s so big heroes from other eras who didn’t even exist are here to save the day!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue has everything, including space travel, big sci-fi ideas, action, scary brooding villains, and big cliffhangers too. When it comes to summer events (yes, I know, summer is almost over), this feels right at home. By the end of the issue, this story not only connects to previous events, but sets each plot in an interesting and new direction to further pique your interest. From Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman traversing new realities in an impossible craft to Flash and Green Lantern fighting in the past against a threat they don’t see coming, there is a lot to be excited about.
Tethering all these big-beat superhero moments together is Hawgirl’s emotional journey as she seeks revenge, but cannot lose the good hero inside her. Key scenes with Mera and Hawkgirl’s alternate reality son hammer home what she must do as she fights against her internal struggle. Tynion and Snyder are doing a good job establishing her journey here, and it’s clear she’ll face off against Lex at some point. This subplot firmly establishes your interest in the personal fights some of these characters have.
The book also continues to show how Tynion and Snyder jam-pack each issue with a lot of content. I kept turning the page and wondering if the cliffhanger was about to drop since there was so much that came before it. It goes on and on, and it reads like you’re almost stealing comic pages as you get more and more. This book is the best deal in comics today, and the fact that there are a solid two or three laughs amongst all this exposition and action is a testament to how well written this is from beginning to end.
Somebody give Jorge Jimenez all the awards. There are moments of bright heroic hope, haunting villainous grins, and disturbing visages of monstrous villains (I’m looking at you Perpetua) throughout this work. Paired with Alejandro Sanchez on colors and Tom Napolitano on letters, this book is out-of-this-world good. There are many pages with multiple heroes on the page and there isn’t an under-drawn figure in any of them. The Justice Society of America is fun to simply look at due to the detail in costumes, posture, and facial expressions. You’re already going to be wondering who these guys are, and Jimenez only increases your interest. There is an epic panel of Superman and Wonder Woman that had him squealing with joy that I have to mention. In it, Superman is stiff as a board and so strong while Wonder Woman is quick and tearing away at robots. The subtle kinetic energy in this scene is electric. Focusing in on one of Wonder Woman’s breasts, you can see she’s shifted her weight with her right breast perfectly shifting to convey movement. It’s little details like this that bring the art to the next level.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
After reading this book twice I can say with certainty it’s about as perfect as big superhero event storytelling can get.
Is it good?
The best deal in comics week after week, Justice League #31 continues to show how big-comic storytelling is done. Justice League will get your blood moving.