Justice League: The Sixth Dimension by Scott Snyder

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TITLE: Justice League.
Volume: 4.
Story-Arc: The Sixth Dimension.
WRITER(S): Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez & James Tynion IV.
Artist(S): Jorge Jimenez, Javier Fernandez, Francis Manapul, Daniel Sampere, Bruno Redondo & Juan Albarran.
Colourist(s): Alejandro Sanchez, Hi-Fi & Francis Manapul.
Letterer: Tom Napolitano.
PUBLISHER
DC COMICS.

FORMAT: Paperback.
RELEASE DATE: November 13th, 2019.
PAGES: 256.
GENRE(S): COMICS, SCIENCE-FICTION.
ISBN13: 9781779501684.

MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆.

Previously on the Justice League (2018) comic book series:
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.
Justice League (Vol. 3): Hawkworld by Scott Snyder.

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Ever since writer Scott Snyder introduced the DC Universe to the Dark Multiverse, the status quo was instantly obliterated. From the crack in the Source Wall to the introduction of mythological Gods responsible for the creation of worlds, he was on a mission and his restlessness to infuse the DC Universe with more theology unveiling the origin of its very existence has done nothing more than enabling him in his boundless creativity and unparalleled storytelling. It is once he took upon himself the challenge to write the ongoing Justice League series and brought these heroes to uncharted regions of the universe that the beast of creativity was unleashed. He turned these heroes into a conflicted yet resolute team who will give their lives to save the world from its end. Collecting issues #19-28, writer Scott Snyder builds brand-new lore only to destroy it in a beautifully chaotic cosmic adventure.

What is Justice League: The Sixth Dimension about? The Legion of Doom led by Lex Luthor inches closer to their objective of liberating the Mother of the Universe known as Perpetua. With control over five of the seven dark energies, their hope to control the one entity that could destroy the Justice League grows every second. With nowhere to turn, the heroes of Earth must solicit the aid of a fifth-dimensional imp that has often been the king of mischief their entire lives. While their own hope to stop the final war from taking place seems slim, their odds fall close to null when a trap is set for Superman and the heroes, through a door to the Sixth Dimension, are sent to a future version of Earth where a utopia has been created and heroes have won but all they need to do now is accept this gift. But some gifts come with strings attached and the ones on this one might be too unethical for the Earth’s greatest heroes.

The simplest dimension is a point. The next is a line. It extends that point along a single vector, moving it toward wherever it’s meant to go. Or it can be a thread, a bridge, or even a threshold that once crossed… Will change everything, forever.

– Scott Snyder

This is why I’ve come to enjoy writer Scott Snyder over the past years. He channels his own inner Grant Morrison and lets loose all of the craziest of his ideas in an oddly satisfying way as he attempts to unveil the never-before-seen mythology behind the fabric of the omniverse. While the story in itself does unveil the intricacies of the mysteriously insane Sixth Dimension, a control room of the Multiverse where cosmic beings create the fates of various worlds, it also explores the fire that burns within the Justice League in their desire to fight evil and save humanity. Take Superman’s character, for example. Writer Scott Snyder does an enviously incredible job in building the predicament in which he dwells as he’s put through the wringer. Not only does he find himself in a trap that strips him from the iota of hope that he was trying to hold onto, but his flashback sequences with his son turn his sub-plot throughout this story-arc truly memorable and powerful. This isn’t just about heroes and villains anymore. This is about fighting against faith, destiny, and everything in between in hopes to see another day.

What makes this volume stand out from previous installments is artist Jorge Jimenez. His artistic vision is beyond this world. Every single panel. Every single detail. He’s a master of his craft and he knows it. The drawings simply fly off of the pages and smack you around with raw emotions and godly designs. The story also has an incredibly psychedelic touch to it (hence the Grant Morrison reference earlier) and he is the perfect artist to execute the task at hand. There isn’t an instance where the strange and eccentric elements straight from writer Scott Snyder’s mind weren’t done right. The multicoloured narrative filled with stranger things than Lovecraft could ever conjure really added to the story. It even gets more immersive when the narrative is infused with unexpected meta elements. This simply felt like an all-around coherent tale that had a common thread to tie every issue together. Sometimes a bit too crazy, but that’s okay. The amount of fun I had was simply undeniable.

Justice League: The Sixth Dimension is a fabulously psychedelic yet poignantly intimate trip where heroes and villains are shaken to the core and tested beyond measure.


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THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA FOR SENDING ME A COPY FOR REVIEW!

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20 comments

    • Agreed. Sucks that how the business works, it’s almost impossible sometimes to only keep one artist for one story-arc. Most artists end up on multiple contracts/projects and can’t deliver on a bi-weekly schedule too. I’m just glad that most of this volume was given to Jimenez though. His artwork is amazing!

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  • Jimenez’s art looks great; but I’m increasingly convinced Snyder used all his good ideas already and now is running on fumes (and I don’t even want to know what fumes exactly! Something acidic, I bet…) 😜

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    • Yep. I’m loving his work more and more. It just fits with Scott Snyder. Sort of like how Ivan Reis or Jim Lee fits with Geoff Johns.

      Hahahahahaha I can’t blame you for the acid. He does go quite insane sometimes. I almost facepalm at some of the ideas he incorporates in his stories but then I have a good laugh and the story gets back to kicking ass and get carried away with the flow. 😛

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  • Glad to hear how much you enjoyed this one. And I agree, that artwork is really nice. He appears to do a great job evoking emotion from facial expressions.

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  • A picture that speaks a thousand words? Looks like Jimenez has mastered the art! Fab review, Lashaan! Only today I realized what DC in DC comics mean LOL

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    • Exactly. Great art can do so much for a comic book/graphic novel! Jimenez’s art is truly fantastic and I love seeing it used for such an epic story.

      Hahahaha I’m glad to hear that you now discovered its origin! Now you know why Batman is the best too. Without him, nothing would’ve really took off! 😉

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    • Noo, that’s Zack Snyder, the director who gave us Watchmen, 300, Batman v. Superman, Justice League, etc. His Snyder Cut is something that everyone petitioned to get because during production, Joss Whedon came to finish the Justice League movie and made several changes, and Warner Bros also cut out a lot of the original movie! 😀 The Snyder cut will be his full vision of what he wanted the movie to be.

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  • Awesome review sir, despite my feelings about Metal and some of Snyder’s other work I did for the most part enjoy his stint on Justice League with James Tynion. Some of the ideas were a bit mind-boggling but I don’t mind as long as it makes some kind of sense and doesn’t dial right up to “full on Grant Morrison” haha! Jorge Jimenez is just getting better and better and I can’t wait to see him do more Batman as “Joker War” nears.

    If you like this kind of storytelling, you really should check out Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men which starts with the “House of X/Powers of X” collection which I thought was pretty amazing and heady stuff!

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    • Thanks, Chris! I appreciate it. I think it’s the part where it essentially makes sense that makes this all digestible hahah I too can’t wait Joker War. It seems be building up quite nicely for now.

      Do I need to read anything in particular to fully appreciate House of X/Powers of X? I’d be curious to dive into it upon your recommendation hahah

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    • Hahah that’s why there’s always a different creative team (writers and artists) behind each new Justice League series. That’s their ultimate challenge. Give fans a new and exciting story every time! 😀 Thanks for reading, Caroline! ❤

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