Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Justice League #20 Review



Future Imperfect

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 20, 2019


I am starting to really like Justice League again and after the fun of Mxy, couldn't wait to get to this issue.  It doesn't hurt that super sexy old Superman is involved though it looks like he may not be on the up and up.  So, does this issue continue the fun?  Let's find out...



The issue opens with the older, 6th dimension Justice League greeting their (lame?) regular old third dimension counterparts and it is a bright and wondrous world they are presenting.  Old Supes is the narrator here and he discusses (kind of) how they won the war against Luthor and Doom while also giving the reader some nice background information.  

We do get an interruption of the hilarious kind as we see what Jarro, Mera, Starman, and Mxy are up to back on Earth, but this issue is mainly about the awesome alt-Earth.



I mean, it's a paradise and unfortunately, things are too great here and as I was reading it, I was waiting for the other foot to fall.  It takes a bit and before all that, we get to see the future of the team with a focus on Kendra and Martian Manhunter.  Yea, I'm sure that there will be a whole lot of people pissed off about this (especially since Kendra is never even mentioned over in the Hawkman solo book), but I am taking this all with a huge grain of salt.  Can a grain be huge?

Not everything is peaches and herb here and though they are reunited with their future selves, some things felt off.  Older J'onn and Kendra mention lying, their son seems off and back on Earth, we see that Mxy is being controlled.

Even though all of that, I had a big smile on my face.  Seeing who this Batman is was a big moment as was finding out that Flash and John Stewart reassembled the Multiverse in a Flashpoint type redo that (for know) seemed to work out so much better this time.  By the end, however, things break down big time...in the Sixth Dimension and back on Earth and the issue ends with what looks like the beginnings of the clash that was teased (spoiled?) on the cover.



I liked this issue a lot.  It had the fun factor that I've been digging in this book lately, but also played off the darkness we already saw at the end of the last issue.  We go into this issue knowing everything isn't what it seems, but Snyder twists it a bit and shows us a bunch of things we wish would be true.  

As much as I liked the story, Jorge Jimenez's art almost steals the entire show.  It's awesome and while he doesn't get the chance to shine through big explosions and fight scenes, his character work, architecture, and backgrounds are awesome!  Every time I forget he's one of my favorite artists, he shows up to remind me in a big, big way!

Bits and Pieces:

While this is a setup issue that doesn't quite get as far as the cover promises, I really liked what we got here and even found myself wishing some of it would end up as the new status quo.  The art and story come together to make it one of the better books this week and I am finding myself enjoying this Justice League more and more as this arc continues.

8.5/10


2 comments:

Unknown said...

What's up with Barry Allen looking a lot like Solitary?? In some of the panels you can see shadows of other speedsters on both sides of Barry's head!

Chuck said...

Peaches and herb....reunited...I see what you did there๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜