Justice League #53
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Colorist: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
If you haven’t been keeping up with Justice League lately, that is ok. There have been several fill-in storylines, that ranged from fun to forgettable but none of them shook things up. Since Scott Snyder left the title it has been spinning its wheels and looking for a voice. Thankfully, it seems that this week The Justice League is back on having some sort of connecting tissue, as this book directly connects to where Scott Snyder left off (and what he is doing in Death Metal). Perpetua is back, Luthor has been cast aside, and there is a new “League” that is fighting for survival in the future.
This story is a tie in comic, but it sets itself up to be read as part of The Justice League. The typical lineup is no longer available (see Death Metal) as this book focuses on Nightwing, Hawkgirl, and Detective Chimp as they battle their way through a post-apocalyptic world. After a few run-ins with a twisted cast of DC characters and villains, they meet up with Lex Luthor. Lex was cast aside by Perpetua in favor of The Batman who laughs. While the team is obviously wary of siding with Lex, they also know they have to free the Legion of Doom from Perpetua’s throne (as happened at the end of Scott Snyder’s run). This intro book teams up unlikely heroes on a mission to save their greatest enemies.
I’m so happy that The Justice League is back. While I’ve not stopped reading the book, it dropped down to becoming an inessential read. While it is not ideal that Joshua Williamson starts of his run with a tie in comic, at least it is an event that is directly influenced by The Justice League title. I avoid tie-ins like the plague, but I am happy to read one that is meaningful and not a cash grab. I feel like this book has a real connection to the event and the tie-in is warranted. Since The League left through a “magic door” at the end of Snyder’s run it created a massive cliffhanger, and you could technically grab this book and continue from there. While some holes are covered in greater detail in Death Metal, Williamson does a great job at explaining what is important to know. It is a quick read for something that has ties to a previous run and a line-wide event, which is tough to pull off. While this book may not be for everyone, I think those that have been disappointed since Snyder left will find a new welcome home on the title. Also, Detective Chimp is in it, and if you don’t like that I can’t help you.
Xermancio is on art and is a great choice for this title. Death Metal is a book that emphasizes the “Metal” aspect and Xermancio is up to the task. Much like how he was about to match the energy and feel of Liam Sharpe with Grant Morrison on Black Stars, he is able to create a perfect companion piece to Capullo’s style on the main title. It is detailed yet creative and energetic. It feels like a Metal album cover on every panel. This is the second time Xermancio has had to work in a version of a post-apocalyptic DC Universe and both times he has knocked it out of the park. It is always welcome to see him on a book and it is worth picking up for that alone.