Sunday, June 1, 2014

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #21 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 31, 2014


Okay, let's just say it up front.  This issue exists in the shadow of last weeks Batman Beyond 2.0 and it's crazy ending.  I toss phrases and cliches around like they're going out of style (see!), but that issue was a game changer.  In fact, that's not big enough.  It was literally a Universe changer.  If you haven't read it yet, go do so now.

I know what your thinking. "You already reviewed Batman Beyond 2.0 #21.  I came here to read your review of Justice League Beyond 2.0."  Listen here impatient guy, I'm getting there.  Justice League Beyond 2.0 #20 ended with a pretty big cliffhanger itself.  I was looking forward to seeing how it played out this week, but unfortunately I was left wishing I hadn't seen it.  It really took the steam out of this issue.

I don't like spoiling things, but I have to assume everyone has read the last issue of JLB 2.0.  Wonder Woman spends most of that issue explaining her actions to Clark and Bruce.  It really fleshed out the Justice Lords timeline and showed the sacrifices Wonder Woman made for peace.  Then she reveals she came back for one reason, her son.  We then see Zod.  Awesome, right?

Yes and no.  This issue picks up from there with Zod showing what a badass little guy he is.  He thinks he can take on the Justice Lords himself and he may be right.  He does send out word of the attack which leads us back to Diana, Clark and Bruce.  Again, the bulk of the issue is Wonder Woman explaining what her and Lord Superman had to do for the peace of their timeline.

It's a really good story that fills in some needed cracks, but again leads back to Zod.  I know it won't read this way in the collected work, but this issue comes off as a little redundant and a bit of a letdown especially after last weeks Batman Beyond 2.0.  Speaking of which, I didn't like the way they dealt with the recent events of that other book.  I wanted more of a reaction, but I'm sure that will come next week.

I know it seems like I didn't like this issue, but nothing can be further from the truth.  I liked it, but it did feel like filler getting ready for the finale.  If we already didn't know Zod was Wonder Woman's son, it would have held more weight.

I did enjoy Dexter Soy's art as usual.  I love his Wonder Woman and getting to see Zod in full action mode was a bonus.  In fact, all the action in this issue really stood out.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #21 is a good issue that fills in some cracks in the story, but unfortunately also comes across as a little redundant.  It is setup for the finale and has me excited for the conclusion of this awesome story.



  1. When they first introduced Zod, he was supposed to be Jax-Ur's son from the Phantom Zone (ie.. Kryptonian). How is he now WW son???

    1. Either WW is lying which is possible, but it looks like Brainiac stole him and put him in the Phantom Zone to be raised by Jax-Ur.

    2. Zod is Kryptonian but he is also part Amazon since he shares DNA with both Lord Superman and Wonder Woman. Also, I think Christos Gage had this planned out from the beginning of the first JLB 2.0 arc. When Zod was first introduced, his mother was deliberately not revealed.

  2. Yea, I didn't think much of it then, but he was pretty sly about who the mother was...and now it seems we know. Jax-Ur doesn't seem like he'd be a good step dad, by the way.