Justice League #33 – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Writers; Bruno Redondo, Artist; Daniel Sampere, Penciller; Juan Albarran, Inker; Hi-Fi, Colorist
Ray – 9/10
Ray: There’s no comic on the stands that packs more into each issue than Snyder and Tynion’s epic “spine” for the DCU at the moment and Justice League #33 is no exception. Dividing the narrative into three parts and sending the heroes around time and space, it can be a little disorienting but the writing team does a good job of grounding every scene in its location.
The opening segment involving the remainders of the League and their new recruits – Perpetua’s all-powerful sons – against Apex Lex – has another wild twist as the three ancient beings fuse into a new one called the Ultra-Monitor. Yes, it has a bit of a Power Rangers vibe, but isn’t that sort of over-the-top plotting what we love about comics? In a darker twist, Hawkgirl’s grief over J’onn seems to be slowly corrupting her, and her rage threatens to give Lex exactly what he wants. This is the first time we’ve seen Lex use full Martian powers in battle, and it’s a creepy visual. Guy’s going to have to do some fast image rehab if he’s going to be in the shape we see him in Doomsday Clock.
The other segments, which take place in the past and the future, are the more colorful and fast-paced ones. But they’ve got some great characterization mixed in amid the action. The past segment, which gives Wildcat some hilarious one-liners, heads to the Atlantis of the past for a meeting with the King to obtain one of Atlantis’ artifacts. It sheds some light on Aquaman’s whereabouts for most of the run, and has a surprise appearance from a long-dead major player in the mythology.
I didn’t think the future segment was as top-tier simply because much of it was battling a giant robot Brainiac and the DC One Million characters didn’t get as much to do, but the last page throws the concept for a big loop as Kamandi seeks out some unexpected allies – and brings one of the most beloved alternate futures in DC history into the main title in a story that should do them justice.
Every issue feels like an event, and I can’t wait to see what Snyder and Tynion have planned to top this.
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