TITLE: Justice League.
Story-Arc: Justice/Doom War.
WRITER(S): Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV.
Artist(S): BRUNO REDONDO, Jorge Jimenez, FRANCIS MANAPUL, Howard Porter, Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran.
Colourist(s): Hi-Fi & Francis Manapul & ALEJANDRO SANCHEZ.
Letterer: Tom Napolitano.
PUBLISHER: DC COMICS.
RELEASE DATE: June 23rd, 2020.
GENRE(S): COMICS, SCIENCE-FICTION.
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.
Justice League (Vol. 4): The Sixth Dimension by Scott Snyder.
What do you do when hope is stripped away from humanity? When evil rises from the ashes and dominates the hearts of the mass? The answer lies in our faith, faith in the good within us. After all, belief is a powerful thing. It surpasses the body, it overcomes emotions, it destroys doubt. Even when plunged in the darkest abyss, the greatest heroes of the earth must channel their last resources within and beyond their reach to fight off the terror that Lex Luthor and his comrades have in store for the world. With the final war at their doorsteps, sacrifices will be made but victory will not be guaranteed unless they work together one last time. Collecting issues #29-39, writer Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV write the grand finale to this epic cosmic adventure that will lead up to the upcoming Dark Nights: Death Metal crossover event.
What is Justice League: Justice/Doom War about? The Legion of Doom’s master plan to unleash Perpetua, the celestial goddess behind the creation of the universe, is within arm’s reach with six of the seven energy sources in their possession. Eons ago, the Monitor, the Anti-Monitor, and the World Forger sealed away Perpetua before she spiraled down an evil path consumed by destruction. It is now up to the Justice League to reunite these brothers together while searching the past, the present, and the future for the final piece of the Totality that could allow them to stop Lex Luthor from succeeding in his deluded mission for universe domination. But the Legion of Doom will do everything in their power to anticipate the actions of these heroes and achieve their goals.
“Together, we are more.
Together, we are heroes.
Together, we are a league.”
– Scott Snyder
With the previous story-arc, The Sixth Dimension, writer Scott Snyder was able to establish the tone and the direction that this series was heading towards. Building up the mythology and lore for the DC Universe while also challenging these heroes to take extraordinary risks to find a little ray of hope within all the gloom and doom that Lex Luthor plans on unleashing with Perpetua, this volume continues down a similar path as each page is a world-building extravaganza through heavy exposition and focus on character dynamics. With this particularly-less-psychedelic story-arc being the final chapter in this not-so-mini cosmic event, these heroes continue to explore uncharted territory and learn more about the world around them, discover their unmatched perseverance in a time of crisis, and revel in their determination to remain true to who they are despite the vision of despair that is brought upon them.
There’s no lying that writer Scott Snyder envisions the DC Universe in a very innovative and never-before-seen way but the scope of his ideas remain plausible in the grand scheme of things, allowing the very universe in which we bathe in to be set on an otherworldly foundation on which everything else revolves around. For him to bring in godly entities into the war between good and evil—Justice and Doom—allows to elevate these heroes to a whole other platform of heroism and tell a tale where they are not just saviours of the present but beings who represent all the greatness of the world in all spheres of time and space. His ability to write this to life is simply awe-inspiring if not bordering the ludicrously mad.
Similar to the previous volume, multiple artists worked on this story-arc and helped enormously in keeping the overall atmosphere quite consistent from one issue to another. The most crucial issues were, however, drawn by artist Jorge Jimenez and he continues to mesmerize readers with his stunning character designs and unconventional panel structuring throughout each page. Considering that the story is mostly on a cosmic scale and that the mortal level of humanity is kept in the shadow (assuming, however, that in the midst of all this, many will have likely perished), the colouring is also flawless as it captures the galactic colours of the universe and adds a certain ethereal tone to the overall tale. It would simply be an understatement to not give this story-arc a seal of approval in creating its own epic event within a Justice League series—rightfully too since we are talking about the greatest superhero team-up of all time; they just need to face the worse of the worse—without necessitating other comic book series to be put on pause.
Justice League: Justice/Doom War is an absolutely epic finale sending these heroes through time and space to try and crawl out victorious of the upcoming final war.