Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Justice League #31 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 4, 2019

Two weeks in a row for the Justice League book, but that's alright with me!  I mean, getting the JSA back is not something that happens every week and I couldn't wait to get more of them.  What about Kamandi?  Well, I don't want to diss on the Last Boy on Earth, but...  So, how was this issue and does Snyder and Tynion continue to make this the event book they promised it would be?  Let's find out...

While the issue opens with a little peek at Lex Luthor and Perpetua twirling their mustaches as they head to convince the Anti-Monitor that Doom is the way, Snyder and Tynion know what the people want and give it to them... The Justice Society of America is in the house!  Woop Woop!!!  Yea, we also get the Trinity in the future with Kamandi and the present-day League figuring out their next move, but, and I don't want to sound like a broken record... The JSA!

At first, Snyder and Tynion get people up to speed with the team that is bound to be unfamiliar to a lot of current readers.  Through conversation, we get names, some powers, and weaknesses and a bit of personality to boot.  That's what I like most about the JSA so I was glad that they focused on that as well.  Yea, some of it was a bit forced (mostly Alan Scott's powers/weakness speech), but it served it's purpose and then moved forward.

While I seem to be glossing over the other two parts, we get some cool stuff there as well and some of it's pretty big.  Brainiac is still up to his bottling ways, but now he's got Hypertime on the mind and the League is heading off to find the Anti-Monitor with Shayne using his connection to his Father to keep tabs on Lex.

The last part of the issue is par for the course for this book as we see the heroes heading towards disaster in the past (in a reveal that history buffs might like), the present (we get to see the traitor from the last issue and it's a dozy) and the future (a bit of Fantastic Journey mixed with a doppelganger League).  A couple things still need to be explained for me to be totally on board with all of this, but if it sure is exciting to see right now.

If you are a fan of the JSA, then I think their part in this issue will be enough for you to love it.  We get a tiny hint of why they haven't been seen, but I think that Snyder and Tynion are going to let Doomsday Clock do some of the heavy lifting when it comes to an explanation.  Hopefully, that happens before 2030!  I still am not 100% behind what we get in the present and while I understand that the past and future are way more fun, the present-day part does get shoved aside a bit.  I did like the art in this issue more than I did the last and even if it's not my style, the big parts looked pretty damn good.

Bits and Pieces:

The Justice League book continues to feel big as we get more of the JSA and Kamandi and a fight that looks doomed for the Justice League.  Something tells me they'll pull it out in the end, but Snyder and Tynion are making the journey well worth taking. 



  1. I don't know where this story is going or how it's going to end but I am enjoying the journey! This is what a justice league title should be, stupid over the top storylines but well written and great artwork.
    Probably get cancelled soon, knowing DC.

    1. LOL...I am with you! I have some theories, but it feels big and it's actually been fun and that is really all I need nowadays. You're right, it will probably be cancelled since we like it!