Justice League: Hawkworld by Scott Snyder

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Title: Justice League.
Story-Arc: Hawkworld.
Volume: 3.
Writer(s): Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV.
Penciller(s): Jim CheungStephen Segovia, Guillem March, Daniel SamperePasqual Ferry, Mark Morales, Juan Albarran & Walden Wong.
Colourist(s): Tomeu Morey, Wil Quintana, Arif Prianto, Adriano LucasHi-Fi.
Letterer(s): Tom Napolitano.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: July 23rd 2019.
Pages: 184.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781401291389.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.

Previously on Justice League:
Justice League: No Justice by Scott Snyder
Justice League (Vol. 1): The Totality by Scott Snyder
Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth by Scott Snyder
Justice League (Vol. 2): Graveyard of Gods by Scott Snyder

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After a hectic and messy tie-in story centered around Aquaman, the ongoing Justice League series helmed by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV continues its exploration into the cosmic universes to uncover the truth behind their reality. At the heart of this latest story arc is a mystery that invites some heroes to dig deeper into the secrets of their world, whether it will appease or break them. From godly entities to ill-intentioned supervillains, the story doesn’t shy away from destroying the status quo and jumping over the frontiers of the multiverse to explain the mythology behind these heroes and their worlds. However, this approach will inevitably enlargen the scope of the DC universe and bring readers to have more questions than answers to what is foreshadowed for our heroes.

What is Justice League: Hawkworld about? Collecting Justice League #13-18 and Justice League Annual #1, the story kicks off with a psychedelic episode featuring the Legion of Doom where the Joker goes up against Lex Luthor to prove how insane Superman’s greatest rival is to work with the Batman Who Laughs. Showing not only resolve and composure in his lunacy, the Joker still unveils his fear by warning Luthor of his plans. The story then jumps on over to the Justice League, split into two different squads, looking for answers regarding the Source Wall. Mostly centered around Martian Manhunter, John Stewart and Hawkgirl—after all, they did avoid the “Drowned Earth” story arc—who are headed to Thanagar Prime looking for answers, this volume continues to feed the mystery surrounding the multiverse’s origin with the introduction of an entity far bigger than anyone they’ve faced before: Perpetua.

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Ever since the epic events of Dark Nights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice, Scott Snyder has been shaking up the DC Universe with no mercy. His vision for the future of this world is still inexplicable and of epic proportion and there still remains a certain difficulty for any reader to follow him around without carrying around a gazillion questions needing answers. In this latest story arc, there are plenty of new story elements that are unveiled for fans to ruminate about but nothing is ever set in stone as characters rediscover themselves just as much as readers rediscover their heroes. The story arc set in Thanagar Prime is a perfect example of this exposition-heavy story-telling as it conveyed the volume’s overall purpose to set the table for things to come. Unfortunately, the reader is forced to do the heavy-lifting as Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV tell rather than show in order to set the new foundation to their epic scale story.

The creative decision to utilize the talents of multiple artists within the same story arc continues in this volume but it doesn’t contribute to the confusion or disgust of the reader. In fact, for most of the volume, the artists on this team utilize a similar visual style that captures the writers’ vision and the cosmic scope of the story. Where the volume suffers a bit more isn’t even in the character design or the panel configuration, since these are perfectly rendered to translate the gravity of situations and the intensity of the action. It’s in the facial expressions that the struggle begins as some artists pencil some of the oddest emotions on our dear heroes. Artist Guillem March, for example, draws his characters with stunned and terrified faces that instill fear and horror to the story. Further along, there is also a dissonance from one page to another where the colouring promotes a smoother tone before immediately jumping to grittier and rugged skin textures. This is why having multiple artists can sometimes work against the story but at least in this case, the artwork is more exquisite than not.

Justice League: Hawkworld is another cosmic journey towards uncovering dark secrets of the multiverse with stunning artwork to polish a convoluted story.


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

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15 comments

  • The art looks pretty cool! Just as you say, from what I can see of the panels you included the art styles of the different artists do seem pretty similar. I have three volumes of the early Justice League stories (the ones with art by Jim Lee) and I though those were pretty interesting. As much as I would like to, I don’t think I will ever get to these though. Too much other stuff to read. Despite that fact: as always I enjoyed reading your review! 😊

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    • The final issue within the volume is a completely different, much bubblier art style though. But in general, it was nice that they “tried” to have a similar style. Oh, that’s actually the best Justice League comic book run so far. I’ve read half of the series already and plan on reviewing those that I haven’t yet (to complete the whole series) before 2020! I probably already read and reviewed the volumes that you have though (assuming you have the first ones). His artwork is indeed phenomenal! 😛 Thank YOU for reading. It’s nice to see you so active nowadays, my man. Hope your health and circumstances will only get better from now on. 😉

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      • Aww thanks Lashaan! It really is great to be back, and I hope healthwise it will stay like this. But I am optimistic, or at least I try to remain optimistic😊
        Well: that is one heck of a great goal to have! Cool. I will look forward to all those reviews 😊

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  • I am one of those people who had more questions after a few Snyder comics. Maybe becuase I am not an avid comic follower. Your review is great man. I do not know if I will continue trying to read to many of the dc stuff. I am lost as it is already…

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  • Convoluted is certainly the word, although I still enjoyed the arc overall (reading the single issues probably made it more of a challenge to be honest). Still a reasonably decent series that I’m enjoying more than not and I actually think the issues Tynion writes solo are stronger. The chop and change artist rotation bothers me more than anything and even then it comes off a little rushed (as can the writing), I’m very much looking forward to DC’s return to monthly publishing next year as this and other titles can only benefit from more time to allow the creativity to be at its best. Awesome review as always my friend, look forward to more reviews from you soon.

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    • I do hope that the monthly publishing will be beneficial for writers and artists. What they have going on with this Justice League run is a bit too chaotic for any project. I do prefer when there’s just one writer working on it as well. I feel like the grand scheme can sometimes overrule the plans the writer might have for characters and their development. Thank you again for reading, Chris! I look forward to your upcoming posts too, sir.

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