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Written By: Jeff Lemire Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Keith Champagne, Jeremy Cox Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: January 14, 2015
In last issue of Justice League United, we saw some more space fighting and eventually the bad guy winning....... Well, Byth did take Ultra and as he was traveling towards the open point in time where Ultra would become Infinitus, Martian Manhunter tried to telepathically communicate with the child and Byth managed to kick him out of the kid's brain. All this and Hawkman is still on his side... yeah, I'd call that winning and I think Charlie Sheen would too. Now if your looking for a grand story here where the heroes come up with a plan immediately and stop Byth from entering the time hole, well you're reading the wrong book. What we have instead is some more time travel and what I'd say is about two minutes in real time that our heroes do something. Doesn't that just sound like fun? Let's check it out.
Our story begins in the 31st century, where Dream Girl has become leader in Brainiac 5's absence and she leads the Legion against Infinitus's attack on Earth. This is a very strange scene for me because it seems that the remaining Legionnaires want to go back in time and help take down Infinitus before he's ever created and Dream Girl being elected leader tells them that they need to stay and fight......... That is until they actually do go and fight, then Dream Girl's tune changes immediately and she has the Legion retreat back into the past to help the rest of the team. This was so strange to me because I thought we'd get some future action and right when it should have happened, Dream Girl goes "fuck it, let's time travel". I'm not kidding here, that was half the book.
Back in the past, we pick up where we left off last issue with Martian Manhunter, Supergirl and Mon-El trying to stop Byth's ship before he can take Ultra into the energy time portal hole thing and Hawkman sporting his space suit goes out to buy Byth some time. Well so much for badass space suit Hawkman, because the remaining Legion members come back in time and blast him..... and I think the book is about to explode from the amount of characters that have been crammed into it.
In the end, after Martian Manhunter tries to connect with Ultra again and fails, Supergirl races after the ship but is too late and the ship and her enter the portal. At first it seems like she might have stopped Byth somehow but all those warm feelings of good triumphing over evil are soon stomped out of existence when we see Infinitus form out of the portal.
That's it for this issue of Justice League United and I don't want you to think that I skipped over a bunch of stuff with the Explain It!, the issue really was that short. I mean we have a nineteen page count on this book but nothing really happens at all. Like I said in the recap, the action that went down in the present time, I would really put at about two minutes. The rest was us finding out that Dream Girl was elected the leader of the Legion and then her saying the hell with the future and abandoning it. As you'd imagine, Neil Edwards art is as strong as it always is and everyone in this book looks great........... and that's saying something because it seems like we now have about fifty characters flying around doing things. I'd like to know if Jeff Lemire is just screwing with Edwards by continuously adding characters the way he does. See you next month, where hopefully we get to see a full story.
Bits and Pieces:
We get a big reveal at the end of this book, but the rest of the issue was a complete waste. We've got more characters added to the story and at this point I think the amount would be somewhere in the shit ton category....... I believe that's the technical term. Really though, nothing happened in this book that you haven't seen before in the last two issues. It really felt like a rerun and not the good kind like Fred Berry in What's Happening!!