Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Justice League #32 Review

Time Passages

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

The Justice League book has been the place to be for a while now and with the Justice/Doom War kicking into high gear as well as the Justice Society of America returning, it's easy to see why.  Oh yea, Kamandi is here too and I'm sure there are some Kamandi fans out there pretty happy about that as well.  That is some shade being thrown at the Last Boy on Earth!  Enough shade, on with the review...
The issue opens up with Lex under attack, but really, Shayera Hol and the Thanagarian Fleet are like gnats to him.  He is more concerned with the Legion's progress getting the Totality fragments in time before the Justice League does. 

We then head to the past and we see that Doom is spreading and controlling what is going on at Pearl Harbor.  I had some concerns about this alt-history going on in the last issue, but Snyder and Tynion set up their Hypertime sandbox and they do seem to be having fun playing in it!  New readers get a little lesson in the Ultraviolet Spectrum and the Still Force before briefly heading to the Trinity in the future.  Unfortunately, things are just as bad for the good guys there, but Wonder Woman turns the tide a bit by lassoing Hourman of Justice Legion A and that allows them all to break free of Brainiac grip.

The issue continues by jumping back and forth between the past and the future and we get an awesome Brainiac One Million that just looks great and the appearance of a hero that many thought had turned to the Dark Side.  I did not think that...I want you to know because I am very proud of myself!

The issue then ends with a cool cliffhanger that changes up the game in a good way and at least gives the good guys a bit of a chance against Perpetua, Lex, and Doom.  It certainly is about time!

I love Howard Porter's art in this issue, but I am a fanboy so that's pretty much a given for me.  I also liked the issue as a whole as it explains a bit of the why and how of the time-traveling teams being able to do what they do and has some fun doing it.  There is a bit of action here, a lot of boasting, but a couple of reveals at the end are what it's all about.  It still looks like Doom has the upper hand, but the two new recruits to Justice may be able to turn the tide.

Bits and Pieces:

While things aren't looking great for Justice right now, this issue gets us to a more even playing field than we've had in this story since it started.  It all looked great thanks to Howard Porter and Snyder and Tynion let their hair down a bit to have some fun.  Fun is all I really need in the end and this book is becoming consistent in that department.


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