Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Justice League #36 Review

"Some Kind of Beef"

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

It's time to check in with the whole gang...Batman, Lex Luthor, Superman, Perpetua, Jarro...yep, they're all here and ready to continue the Brawl for it All at the Edge of the Universe and beyond!  I was hoping for a TLC match, but it's pretty much been a tag-team from the start so let's stick with what's got us here.  Will we get more twists, double-crosses and heel takes this issue?  Let's find out...

The issue begins with a little quiet time for the Trinity as they try to come up with a plan to turn the tide of Doom.  There is no apparent lightbulb moment (yet), just three friends putting hands in and getting ready for whatever play is called next...Hail Mary?  Statue of Liberty?  The famed Fumbleruskie?  I hope it's the Fumbleruskie!!!  It's not famed for nothing!

While this is going on, we see that there ain't no party like a Doom party, 'cause a Doom party don't stop!  The winning team is on the Godhead ship and the Legion of Doom have gathered to get their just rewards from Perpetua.  It made me laugh seeing the villains act like kids talking about what they are going to ask for from Santa...Brainiac wants to be the Repository of all History (ok, a bit boring there), Grodd wants to control seven planets (seven?  well, Okay), and Cheetah, well she wants to go after the gods.  Good old Cheetah, she hates those gods.  I'd love to say that all this wishing had a monkey paw ending, but it never even gets that far.  They might be the only ones in the universe that didn't see that coming!  The one thing odd in all of this was where the hell was little baby Turtle?  Don't tell me he grew up and hit the road with the Moody Blues or something.  I guess I could have used the Turtles as the band there, but I think he would be more of a fan of English prog rock.

Anywho, Perpetua shows her true colors,  powers up Lex and gets a kick-ass throne out of the whole thing.  That's a win-win if I ever saw one and really, Team Perpetua has been doing nothing but winning since this whole story started.

Back on Earth, the entire Justice League has gathered and while it feels like a halftime speech, this game is almost over.  In fact, they really can't win and they know least not the way they always try to win.  It's another "no more secrets and lies" thing that seems to be going around these days, but I am hoping it's more of a "lose with self-respect" thing like in the awesome movie, Meatballs. Sure, there is no Hardware here to pants Lex, but I think you all know what I'm talking about.  You don't?  Well, watch this then...

As Batman should have said, " ...all the really good looking girls would still go out with the guys from Doom because they've got all the money! It just doesn't matter if we win or we lose. IT JUST DOESN'T MATTER!

The issue ends with a bunch of swipes that show Kendra and Shayne in real big trouble, the Flash Buggie about to go for another spin, Lex (what is this, version 4.6?) showing up on Earth with a few hours to kill, the League spilling out onto the streets like it's the last day of school, and Batman ready to fight with what be the most ridiculously awesome ship ever.  Seriously, I think that Scott Snyder saw Tynion's laser-shooting skyscrapers in Detective Comics and just told him to hold his beer!  The pacing at the end is fast as hell as you get to the cliffhanger and I really can't wait to see more!

This really feels like a penultimate issue of an event.  Snyder has put the League on the wrong end of things for what feels like years and even though things aren't great still, they are ready to fight back with all they got.  Because of that, I am pumped for the next issue and overall, really enjoyed this one as well.  The art was great throughout and the story had tweets and action that I liked.

Bits and Pieces:

The Justice League may not be close to winning anything yet, but they are ready to go down swinging.  Yep, our heroes are ready to play the spoiler role and they are throwing everything at Lex to keep him from winning the cup.  Francis Manapul and Howard Porter share art duties and they both do a really good job and by the end of the issue, I wanted more, more, more.  That is a recommendation right there.


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