Title: Justice League.
Story-Arc: Graveyard of Gods.
Writer(s): Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV.
Penciller(s): Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Mikel Janín, Jorge Jimenez, Frazer Irving, Bruno Redondo & Scott Godlewski.
Colourist(s): Francis Manapul, Hi-Fi, Jeremy Cox, Alejandro Sanchez, Frazer Irving & Sunny Gho.
Letterer(s): Tom Napolitano.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: May 14th 2019.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Previously on Justice League:
Justice League: No Justice by Scott Snyder
Justice League: The Totality by Scott Snyder
Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth by Scott Snyder
Ever since Scott Snyder started his dark multiverse with Dark Nights: Metal, the DC universe has been in the midst of great change that would pull back together scattered pieces of its history while scorching the superficial story-telling gimmicks that have served as restraints to original ideas so far. Now helming the Justice League run, his efforts to change the status quo continues to grow strong until his latest, risky crossover event led to some contrived ideas that showed no sign of flow for readers. Where things turned out unacceptable is in the way they have been collected for fans to read and enjoy as it hints at money-hungry decisions at the cost of coherency. While the latest volume in his run might have a shaky foundation, there still remains some hope—if his resume impresses you already—that Scott Snyder and friends will find their footing in the stories to come.
What is Justice League: Graveyard of Gods about? Picking up where it was left off in Justice League: The Totality, the story explores criminal mastermind Lex Luthor’s plan to assemble the Legion of Doom. As he seeks help from an unlikely and dangerous individual, stranger and deadlier foes slither to the surface from the darkest abysses of the sea as they look to take down Earth’s greatest heroes in an all-out assault. With both sources of threat working parallelly to take down Aquaman, Wonder Woman and the Justice League, the life of our heroes just became so much more complicated but one thing’s for sure, they need to stop them from reaching their goals before all hope is washed away. This trade paperback collects Justice League #8-12, Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth Special #1 and Aquaman/Justice League: Drowned Earth Special #1.
Unfortunately, this volume will have to take the penalty that I didn’t attribute to Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth. With only two issues (Justice League #8 and #9) that are different from the crossover event collection, there is nothing but disappointment in DC Comics that emerges from the depths of my soul. To reprint the same issues that were part of the crossover event into this volume and release it a month later is shameful and was never a marketing move that I approved of since the beginning of the New 52 era back in 2011. As if things couldn’t get worse, the consistency in quality and the continuity in story-telling are both poor or absent throughout the volume. Nothing about this collection helps the reader follow the story as everything becomes hectic and chaotic with countless ideas being explored simultaneously.
There is a silver lining to this volume and it’s Francis Manapul’s artwork. Although he isn’t responsible for most of the volume, his work continues to work fantastically with Scott Snyder’s and James Tynion IV’s wordy story-telling style. The colour palette used to bring this vibrant universe to life and his sharp and edgy designs privileged to convey the interdimensional and godlike dimensions of these heroes are impressive. Unfortunately, it is the inclusion of multiple other writers and artists due to the crossover event included within this volume that we’re graced with a heavy and indigestible story-arc that tackles too much in too little time with too many creative visions. For casual readers, following Snyder’s Morrisonesque DC revolution will be a hassle that might be too costly to pursue.
Justice League: Graveyard of Gods is a poor trade paperback with redundant content that taints this series’ potential to revolutionize the DC universe as heroes face a coalition of evil forces with unforgiving principles guiding their ways.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!