Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Justice League #60 Review

Naomi On Repeat

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: David Marquez, Tamra Bonvillain, Josh Reed, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 20, 2021

It's time to continue Brian Michael Bendis' run on Justice League where we expand the team and shed a little light on his character Naomi....... since we didn't do much in her series. In our previous issue, we saw a big ugly invader show up from Naomi's homeworld and act like he was looking to settle down in our little nook of the Multiverse before our heroes beat him back to where he came from. Now, it's time to see what Naomi McDuffie knows about her homeworld and get the information the Justice League needs so that they can continue to fight off future threats. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So for this issue of Justice League, we have Naomi brought to the Hall of Justice so that she can tell the Justice League everything they already know about the character from the last time they brought Naomi in and the only big news that we can get out of this issue, beyond Superman officially saying that he wants Black Adam on the team.... (even though there was barely any build-up for this) is the fact that Naomi's homeworld is apparently not part of the Multiverse. This revelation doesn't come as much of a shock though since it barely seemed like Bendis knew how the DC Multiverse worked but the problem is that this issue wants to tell us that there's this big new thing that will rock the foundations of the DC Universe and as soon as it's described, Barry Allen already has a way to get there and nothing is explained or really detailed. We're just told that something is big and important and before anyone can ask any questions, we just move on 

As for our Justice League Dark backup... Yeah, there's not much to this issue either. It's weird because this backup actually feels like a continuation of the actual Justice League issue because they're having the same conversation about Etrigan as they did with Black Adam and while I love the synergy of a connected Universe where things seem to be going on concurrently, beyond Etrigan saying that Merlin is back and Rag Man showing up for the cliffhanger, there was nothing to this backup at all.

All in all, the art in both sections of this book was great and while you do get the back and forth, sing-song dialog that Bendis loves to do that drives me bonkers, I didn't find myself hating it too much here. The thing that felt completely off is that we continued to learn nothing about Naomi and everyone was acting like they never knew Naomi's story before this and all the big information that we did receive in the issue was done without any details or context but Flash was still able to modify his Cosmic Treadmill for something he knows nothing about. It's a bit of a letdown all around but at least the book looked great and we're one step closer to discovering if this Black Adam is the one from the 853rd Century.

Bits and Pieces:

For anyone who had previously been following Naomi in any book that Brian Michael Bendis threw her in..... you'll learn nothing new about the character here but get to hear everything you already know all over again. The big thing we learn here is that her world isn't in the Multiverse but we're given no information for context behind this so it's a big "Wow" moment that means nothing ultimately and in the end, I'm just thankful that our heroes felt like friends and that the art came off looking wonderful.


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