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.
Release Date: September 25th 2018.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
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.
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.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!