Justice League: No Justice by Scott Snyder

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Title: Justice League.
Story-Arc: No Justice.
Writer(s): Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson.
Illustrator(s)Francis Manapul, Riley Rossmo, Marcus To & Jorge Jimenez!
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: September 25th 2018.
Pages: 144.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781401283346.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.

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Following the aftermath of DC’s cosmic event Dark Nights: Metal, Scott Snyder moves on to taking over the Justice League series by first introducing readers to a new cosmic threat in Justice League: No Justice. Having easily distinguished himself among the many writers at DC Comics and proving his incredible creativity and masterful story-telling talents throughout his New 52 Batman series, his plans on pushing the universe a step further into the darkness continues by taking on one of the most important teams in superhero history. With Justice League: No Justice, Scott Snyder teams up with a phenomenal creative team consisted of Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul to offer fans a bridge towards bigger threats, and forces that have never been introduced before.

Collecting issues #1-4, as well as a preview teaser from DC Nation #0, this story arc assures fans that it plans on destroying the status quo. Picking up where things were left off during the grandiose and insane Metal event, heroes find out that the consequences of their actions had repercussions, but this time around the effects go beyond Earth and as deep into the universe as possible. The arrival of four ancient entities whose hunger extends beyond humans and creatures, but rather planets, clearly sets the table at the scope of this new danger that Earth’s heroes are now going to have to face. But to overcome this new challenge, new alliances need to be forged and these alliances do not limit our heroes to those who only sought good in the world. In fact, among these villains who lend a helping hand, one of them has a plan, and it is not going to be an easy one to follow.

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As short as this story arc might be, it was extremely concise, yet incredibly explosive. There was a desire to introduce a whole new element to the DC lore while leaving enough mysteries for fans to ruminate on. After all, the intention was to shake things up for the Justice League and have a whole new foundation on which Scott Snyder can work on during his Justice League run. By introducing these new godlike beings into this universe, he gives himself this window of opportunity during which he can introduce and reintroduce all kinds of characters, and give them a voice behind which they can firmly build their own stories in the future. The underlying structure to the story is pretty simple and easy to follow making it a bit less exciting, but when you understand the intention behind the story, you find yourself wondering what kind of doors Scott Snyder plans on opening next, and that’s absolutely thrilling.

The first two issues’ artwork are truly sensational thanks to Francis Manapul’s style. Known especially for this work on the New 52 The Flash series, I have rarely ever found his work to be difficult to appreciate, especially when he finds really interesting approaches to structure the way you read the story. Instead of standard square panels read from left to red, row after row, he finds creative ways to integrate a general theme to a two-page full page panel and makes you explore and appreciate the story differently. It does merit mentioning that some of his designs for female heroes, like Wonder Woman and her visage, looked odd, but nothing detrimental. Nothing as detrimental as the artwork we’re thrown into in the third issue where Riley Rossmo takes over at least. In all honesty, I could never stand his artwork style, and it was no exception here. It sometimes could get as bad as some of Frank Miller’s late-career stuff. Yes. That bad. At least the final issue in this volume, the very story from DC Nation #0 was eye-candy. Jorge Jimenez is a man who knows how to draw and there’s simply no way you could skim through his stuff. The details are exquisite!

Justice League: No Justice is a wonderful story arc that serves as a transition to Scott Snyder’s Justice League run, and an excellent teaser to what’s to come. If you thought the multiverse was complicated, expect things to get even bigger.


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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!

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18 comments

  • Hey Lashaan, this is the first time, I have really really realized how comics have to be reviewed or if they can be reviewed. I haven’t read one since my childhood in the dark ages.
    Great review.. Loved the points you made. Got to learn more about these comics

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    • Hi there Shalini! That’s kind of you. I’m sure there’s plenty of ways to review them, but it’s definitely a medium that can be reviewed. They aren’t childish, as long you pick them wisely. Some stories can be quite powerful, and even better than some novels. After all, pictures are worth a thousand words. 😉 Thanks for reading though! 😀

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  • Ooh, really love the storyline of this one! Godlike beings that hunger for planets?? That really sounds exciting indeed. Also like the idea that apperently there are going to be alliances with villains as well. I used to love cartoons like for instance Transformers where the Autobots had to team up with Decepticons to figh a common threat. As always, wonderful post Lashaan. Really love all these comic book reviews that you are doing! 😊

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    • Oh yes, and they have nice looks too. They could easy be mistaken as legendary Pokemons to be honest hahahah And yes, that’s pretty much the idea that was explored here. It’s not the first time we see heroes and villains working together, but for the stakes we’re looking at here, it’s definitely quite interesting. What’s going to happen next will definitely be fascinating. Thanks for checking them out! I’ll probably keep on sharing reviews for them. So many of them out there that needs to be read and shared with everyone! 😀

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  • It makes me so happy to see comics starting to embrace the shades of grey humanity has, even within these supernatural-not-really-human characters. While I’ve seen this here and there throughout my comic reading, it’s not all that prevalent. I am looking forward to seeing how Snyder transforms the Justice League going forward. I have high hopes!

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    • Yep, it’s not exactly new, but it’s always nice to see it, especially when it’s done properly. If anything, this really became much bigger in terms of risks and stakes that you barely realize how many innocent lives are at play. Shows just how much impact superheroes can have on everyone. Definitely psyched about what the Justice League will become from now on. 😀

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  • Awesome thoughts there my friend! I was pretty underwhelmed by Metal and was becoming less enthusiastic about Scott Snyder’s work but No Justice, whilst not mind blowing, turned things around for me a little and the good news is that I’m enjoying Snyder’s JL run (I still favour Geoff Johns’ New 52/pre-Rebirth run though).

    I wasn’t a fan of Manapul’s style when he was doing the Flash but it seems to have evolved since then and I’ve become more receptive to it…but give me Jim Lee any day ha ha!

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    • Thanks, Chris. Yep, your relationship with Scott Snyder is definitely a peculiar one though! 😛 No Justice still felt like it was missing stuff, but considering that it was meant to be a transition for readers to the real issue, I guess it’s okay. Hahah, I’m sort of convinced that whatever Snyder does with the Justice League in this new series, it’s going to be much better than what has been going in the Rebirth run… 😀

      Hahah doubt anyone would say no to more Jim Lee! I do like that there’s more Tony S. Daniel going around nowadays. 😀

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