Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Justice League #30 Review

Gotta Get Back In Time

Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 28, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

It's time to get our Justice/Doom War on, but if you've been paying attention, you may be wondering why Doom isn't first in that equation.  Yea, Lex is kicking most of the ass so far and with Year of the Villain just getting started, I'm not so sure it's going to change here.  Is that such a bad thing, though?  The answer is YES!  So, let's see if the Justice League can tip the scales a bit back towards Justice this week.

Well, the issue starts out with a big "no" on that front and while it's a pretty hot-cold open, it's also a look at the "what if..." that will be a big what now in a couple of days if things don't change soon!

While Hawkgirl still pines for Martian Manhunters (and then doesn't suddenly), the Trinity has gathered an army that will make DC fans squeal in delight.  It's a who's who and looks pretty kick ass.  Now, I've been complaining about the lack of any real stats on what all the forces are that are being kicked around in this series, but that changes (a bit) here.  Starman tells the reader and the gathered heroes about the good energies that work in harmony to make this crazy thing we call existence.  "But what of the dark energies?" you may ask...well, we are just told they are the opposite.  Well, we are getting there and I can't be too mad when I got a bit of what I've been asking for.

We then get the Justice League's plan and I feel bad for all the heroes who showed up thinking they were getting involved in some grand adventure.  You see, Flash and John Stewart are off to the past while the Trinity are heading into the future.  Each group will try to bring back a hidden piece of the Totality to even the odds with Luthor and the Legion of Doom.  While this goes on, the rest are there to fight off waves of baddies that you just know are heading their way.

After seeing that Lex has been busier than NPR during a pledge drive, gathering up an army of his own we go off to see how our away teams are doing.  Man, putting it like that, I am suddenly really worried about Barry!  Hey, I'm not even a Star Trek fan, but I'm trying!  

Right after the two teams went off to their respective times, we did get a little wrench in the ugly wrench wearing a robe!  It seems to have messed things up and the teams seem to be a little too late which is a mind-bending thing with time travel involved.  It does give us a peek at some awesome characters that might be the help we need... and I'm not just talking in this book!  One of them will also make Eric Shea so angry and that's always a plus in my mind!

This is a setup issue that gives us some information and then shoots us on our way.  By the end, it is filled with some pretty exciting stuff that I can't wait to see more of.  It isn't all perfect, though.  The part with Kendra and Shayne seemed shoved in to be used later and suddenly the Anti-Monitor being involved seems like a done deal when it certainly shouldn't be.  Still, the art looked really good (and that's coming from a guy who usually isn't a huge Jorge Jimenez fan) and the big moments are really big.  It may just be me, but a couple things here do feel like stuff from another company that begins with M.  That's not always a bad thing...just saying.

Bits and Pieces:

The Justice/Doom War is here and both sides are gathering an army and while Lex has the upper hand as we start, the Justice League are trying to turn the tide.  It involves time travel craziness and that allows Snyder and Company to (re)introduce some awesome guest stars into the book (Universe?) and it all looks great to boot.  I am so ready for my favorite heroes to start winning and I hope this is the start!



  1. Thanks for the review. Honestly, this issue was a good read, especially the visual art by Jorge Jimenez. I believe the page with the Anti-Monitor in the background was meant to be The Monitor, and was an error on their part since they never found him. I will say, Scott & Tynion do good work here, but I feel like we’ve already had the big Justice League recruitment already during the Apex Lex story just a couple issues ago. Plus, we finally get Perpetua talking to Lex and the Legion of Doom! It’s weird how she’s the bigger bad but we never saw them interact with each other for close to over 10 issues until now. It’s nearly satisfying.

    1. That's kind of like Dark Nights: Metal, where Barbatos was the big bad that never really seemed to do anything compared to the Batman Who Laughs.