Thursday, May 22, 2014

Justice League #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Villain No More?

Are you ready for the true aftermath of Forever Evil?  Well I certainly hope so, because that's what you're going to get.  As you may know, at the end of Forever Evil Lex Luthor and his Injustice League saved the world, and stopped the Crime Syndicate.  Now our Justice League has to live in a world where their judgments are questioned, and Lex Luthor is considered the world's greatest hero.  No we're not on a parallel Earth, this is the status quo and I guess the Justice League and all of us are going to have to live with it.  Let's check out this brave new world, and see what's the skinny.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with the remnants of the Secret Society getting together to tear the Justice League apart, and destroy each of them separately.  Well it sounds like a feasible plan in theory.  But the Secret Society won't get the chance because a wall crashes down and the New Justice League steps in to stop them.  The new team consists of Lex Luthor, Batman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Captain Cold, Wonder Woman, and Shazam.  But even though this looks awesome, let's take a break from badassery and step back to four days earlier.

It seems like Superman is having a rough time living in a world that praises Lex Luthor, and the Justice League begin searching the globe for Lex Luthor and what ultimate plan he must be scheming.  After beating the hell out of a bunch of villains, the JL still have no leads, and it looks like the Batcave is getting a little crowded since the Watchtower was destroyed.  But don't worry, Alfred isn't going to start bringing down a buffet to feed these growing boys and girls, because Batman is sent a invitation from a satellite that's orbiting opposite where the Watchtower once did.  

The team teleport up and find Lex Luthor waiting for them with champagne in hand welcoming them to the new Watchtower and celebrating the start of a new Justice League that includes him.  Oh man, it's like watching a 80's teen movie where the nerd tries to sit with the cool kids.  It doesn't go over too well and just seems awkward.  Even though Luthor promises he's a changed man, and even brought Shazam to add a little muscle to the group, Superman doesn't want to hear it.  I can say this though, Luthor may have changed a little, but he still served champagne to Shazam, and that's at least corrupting a minor.  So don't worry Supes, you're not alone.  But to prove his point, Luthor offers to have Wonder Woman's lasso around him so they know his true intentions, and honestly it seems legit.  But stubborn Ole Superman still won't trust his worst enemy, who just wants to be buds.  So Luthor leaves, giving Cyborg the controls to the New Watchtower he built for them, and that seems to be it.  We don't get to jump back to the badassery at the beginning so I guess that will be for future installments.

Now that Luthor's gone, the team talk about the something worse that still may be coming.  You know that something worse that destroyed Earth 3.  Cyborg tells the team that when he downloaded Grid's memory he found out that when Sinestro killed Power Ring, the ring sent a pulse out that may lead whatever monster back to this earth, and if he can get a hold of the ring he may be able to learn more about what's coming.  Jump to a woman named Jessica Cruz that seems to have been chosen by the ring to annihilate the world.  I swear that either Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, or Doug Mahnke, or all of them were watching Heavy Metal when they put this part of the story together because it's almost exact.  I'm not complaining, I don't think that Heavy Metal gets enough play anymore and I think it's awesome.  Check it out.

Totally Heavy Metal

In the end we see Lex Luthor go to Wayne Manor and when Alfred answers the door, Lex tells him he's here to see Batman.  So it looks like Lex actually made the Dick Grayson/Nightwing connection to Bruce Wayne/Batman.  Well he is a smart fella, and I guess if the League won't have him he'll just have to start playing dirty.  Now that's all speculation on my part.  He could just be there to help Bruce hide his secret better, so the two become best friends and play racket ball on the weekends.  I don't know, I guess we'll have to wait until issue #31 to find out.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

Well I guess I can officially send away for the Geoff Johns fan club membership card because I'm working towards becoming his stalker after finishing Forever Evil then reading this.  All the characters are written perfectly, and even jerk off Superman feels right in a world where Lex Luthor is carried on people's shoulders and praised as a hero.  As any of you long time readers will know you can't go wrong with Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke on art, and I'll be sending away for their decoder rings as well.  Just a awesome all new Justice League that I can't wait to dive into month after month, and everyone out there should take the plunge with me.


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