Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Justice League #4 Review


Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 18, 2018

The Invisible Spectrum is consuming Earth, the Still Force is out and about and the heart of the Source Wall, The Totality has landed on Earth and it's up to the Justice League to figure out what it all means.  Too bad that Lex Luthor is about twenty steps ahead of them and seems to have everything on lock down as everything our heroes do seems to be exactly what he wants to bring entropy to the world.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the Justice League can start getting the upper hand......... or hell, just know what's going on around them.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Justice League we have a ton of shit going down with Superman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl and Batman within the Totality zone, while John Stewart and Cyborg deal with Sinestro and the Invisible Spectrum and with all that going on we have Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Flash deep in the ocean in a secret lab, where the rest of the Legion of Doom and the Still Force sits.  Now while all of that sounds exciting........... and it is for the most part....... goddamn does it become way too much way too fast for one issue to handle.  

Now, I'm not saying that I'm not a dummy and that things don't confuse me regularly, but I'd like to think that reading comics has become something that I've become fairly decent at over the years and I left this issue feeling so confused about what means what and how this is going on with a concept that has yet to be explained.............. what I'm getting at is, there's too much here and not enough things have been explained for me to get the entire gist of what I should be experiencing through all these reveals at the end of the issue.  Hell, I've got Lex Luthor holding a doorknob that may or may not be filled with energy by the end of this issue and I can't fully get excited about this because I have no idea what it means or how we even got there.  What I do know is that the Still Force had to be fueled up this issue so that the Ultra Violet Spectrum and Umbrax could do whatever it wanted to do and by the end of the issue I don't know why it had to be this way because we should have five more hidden forces out and about and apparently they don't mean shit at the moment and I don't know why.

Overall, I love the art in this issue and the Legion of Doom continues to be the highlight of this book, but the big concepts that are being thrown at us in this series are getting to be a bit convoluted and as I've stated, confusing to the point where I have no idea what our villains are even trying to do besides beat our heroes.  I hope that these concepts become clearer as the series progresses, but as of right now there was just too much thrown at us too soon for me to get really into this issue because I just kept reading the same dialog balloons and narrations over and over again trying to figure out what the hell I was reading.

Bits and Pieces:

While I'm still invested in what's going on with the Justice League and the Legion of Doom in this title, I feel like this issue's grasp exceeded its reach because while I want to see these new concepts that Scott Snyder is throwing at us, I think it faltered a bit here with how they were presented......... because I was confused as hell.  I loved the art in this issue and had some fun through most of the issue, I just wish it was a bit more accessible in what it's trying to convey.  



  1. I still liked this issue, but I need this book to use the League members better. Why am I so hyped to read anything with the Legion of Doom. And bored anytime the League is in a panel. The only league member that's worth reading about is John Stewart and what's happening to his powers. Arts still amazing in this book.

  2. Im liking this better then anything from Brian hitchs run but some things still just feel weird but im still on board solid read

  3. i agree with your review. Some other reviewers are too hyped on it, giving it 10/10, when its kind of incomprehensible at times.

  4. Spot on review. I've decided to leave the book with this issue. So far this run is big on outlandish ideas and cosmic complexity, but Snyder has hardly introduced a threat before moving on to another one. As you say, there's too much going on in any given issue, leave scant time for character and relationship development. The Bat-banter that opened #1 was a promising sign; alas, those moments have fallen to the wayside.