Justice League #30 – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Writer; Jorge Jimenez, Artist; Alejandro Sanchez, Colorist
Ray – 9/10
Corrina: Sure Feels Like a.. Crisis
Ray: The Justice/Doom War is the linchpin of the “Year of the Villain” meta-event in Justice League, as Lex Luthor – now possessing the power of Martian Manhunter – makes his move against the Justice League to claim the last piece of the Totality. The opening of Justice League #30 is oddly similar to Batman/Superman #1 this week, as it’s also a cold open that shows us a possible horrible scenario that doesn’t quite take place in our world. In this case, it’s the opening – and final – battle of the Legion of Doom vs. the Justice League, as Apex Lex marches on the League HQ and dismantles the heroes one by one. However, this isn’t actually happening – it’s a future three days from now that Starman shows them to set up their last stand. The League has gathered the entire DC hero population, including the JLD, Titans, and freelance heroes like Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Guy Gardner, to hear their plan, which leads to some unexpectedly amusing moments from the gallery as the long-shot plan is laid out.
There’s a little too much monologuing in this issue, as both Starman and Luthor lay out their plan to their respective followers, but it doesn’t drag the issue down and all the usual strengths are here. Jarro is only in a few scenes, but he’s a delight as always, and Jorge Jimenez’s art is fantastic. The main plot of the issue will remind many people of Avengers: Endgame, as the team is split into three groups heading to different time periods. Flash and John Stewart head to the past, while the Trinity heads to the future. But it’s where they actually arrive that delivers the issue’s best scenes, as not one but two beloved groups of heroes return. First it’s Kamandi and his animal-man allies who greet one group – and then the odd, altered past that Flash and GL arrive in turns out to be protective by the original Justice Society of America. This issue delivers one thrill after another as all the plot beats Snyder and Tynion have been setting up for a year plus start to pay off. This is how you pay off an event comic’s buildup.
Corrina: I’m an impatient reader. I hate waiting two years for payoffs.
Not that this series has been without its world-shattering moments, even with flashes of humor, but it has been a bit gloomy overall, with what the Earth being pulled to its destruction and the mother of the universe back and wanting to reshape it.
(Note: I occasionally wonder who is more arrogant and who is more/less of a genius: Lex Luthor or Victor Von Doom. I’m going to give Doom the edge because he can handle magic as well as tech and he’s managed to have his own country and rule it somewhat well.)
Meanwhile, Lex is busy being the ultimate expression of Brainiac and it all looks super-grim, even as the people are scattered. Jimenez has to draw basically all the DC heroes. DC needs to release that spectacular group of heroes waiting for instructions as a poster.
But the real news here is the JSA, who seem to be the classic 1940s Justice Society of America. They haven’t been seen since before the new 52 reboot, not in this form, not in comics. My first thought? Wesley! (I miss Sandman Mystery Theatre something fierce.)
My next thought: speaking of Sandman Mystery Theatre, where are the ladies? I don’t expect Dian, as she’s never been part of the costumed group but there are a number of JSA-era heroines but none in evidence here. And the downside of using the classic JSA is also that they’ve hardly inclusive, a flaw that’s even more glaring now, as it seems from the splash page.
One hopes next issue will address that problem, if they don’t die. I wouldn’t put it past the story to bring them back, only to toss a few onto the scrap heap as casualties of this war. DC has been fairly grim lately. See Wally West, Arsenal, all of the Batman-Who-Laughs stories.
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