Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Justice League #54 Review

Getting Mind Freaked

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 6, 2020

It's back to the Metalverse for us as we travel to Brimstone Bay to unhook the Legion of Doom from Perpetua's throne and hopefully win a small victory in this overall war and maybe depower the Mother of Creation enough so it at least makes some kind of difference when the final battle happens in this event. That's the name of the game right now, just win small victories against Perpetua, while our Trinity travel to the Dark Multiverse and gather enough Crisis energy to fuel up Wally West for one more showdown against our foe. Let's see if our new Justice League team that features Nightwing, Hawkgirl, Detective Chimp, Cyborg, Starfire, and Lex Luthor will be able to accomplish their task. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Justice League we see Cyborg and Starfire join the team, but ultimately they don't do much in this issue beyond fist-bumping to the Ghost Sector and telling us that they've been away for a while while the world went to hell, but with that..... they're way too okay with the situation and we don't exactly know why because apparently this issue takes place after the next issue of Justice League Odyssey takes place and that's not out yet. We do know what Jessica Cruz is out and about though in the Multiverse's End tie-in, so who knows how that title works into this one and how the timeline will playout....... or why Cyborg and Starfire look like they're doing a Superhero/Mad Max cosplay. Even with us not knowing the full picture of these characters at the moment, I dig that they're a part of this team and hope that this starts having some sort of Titans dynamic to it, but as of right now you don't really get any real "team" feels from our trio of former Titans.  

Beyond the new additions to our team, we have everyone pretty much shitting on Luthor which makes sense for what he's done, but ultimately our heroes aren't going to be going too far without him because by the end of the issue we'll be reassured that our heroes really don't know enough about this new world to navigate it without Lex's help and for what they go through in this issue, it's pretty clear they need him.  

All in all, the art is decent in this issue, but I would have liked some of the panels to have a bit more detail because some of the times characters' faces come off as smudges, which really could just be a combination of the different elements of art in this issue, but for the most part I dig what we got here. As for the story, I'm enjoying this Justice League team and their quest to take out Perpetua's throne because it takes on a fantasy quality of "A Quest", like Lord of the Rings or something of that manner, and in this new nightmare DC world, it's a pretty fun concept with characters I'm happy to see represented in this event. Yeah, we haven't moved too far yet, but spotlighting how our heroes deal with the different elements to this new world is a pretty cool way of exploring the map and it's done in a compelling way.

Bits and Pieces:

While I do wish that some of the art in this issue was detailed a bit more, I'm having a fun time with this Death Metal tie-in. It's not only showing us more of the world of the Metalverse but showcasing different characters in their pursuit to win smaller battles in the overall war while our Trinity are going after the bigger problems in the main event.  


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