Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Justice League #63 Review

Naomi's Pull

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: David Marquez, Ivan Plascencia, Josh Reed, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 22, 2021

It's time to head back to Naomi's homeworld where our Justice League are currently fighting off one of the super-powered citizens of that planet, who previously found a portal to Earth-0, leaving our heroes no other choice but to go this the other side of that portal so that they can shut it down. Sounds pretty easy-peasy but for some damn reason our heroes' powers are acting wonky on this world and even though Naomi was born there, her body parts are vanishing...... until they're not. If that wasn't bad enough we had the ultimate big bad of this world, Zumbado show up at the end of the last issue so let's jump into this and see how our heroes do against this new threat. Let's check it out.

Not only do we have our heroes fighting Brutus in this issue, but we also see them take on Zumbado and ultimately....... I couldn't really tell you everything that went down in this fight. The panel layout was crazy this issue and the action was kind of getting lost in the way that the story was depicted because of the weird layout and constantly jumping to the future where Naomi is telling us what happened during the fight but the big takeaways are...... the wonky power situation doesn't really matter anymore, Hawkgirl's mace started glowing mysteriously and without resolution and Naomi shot some unmeasurable power out and our heroes beat the bad guys. It's all pretty lackluster by the end and even screws up the idea of the Omniverse of Infinite Frontier. That's right, it seems that Bendis didn't get the memo that everything changed after Death Metal and starts talking about the 52 Universes in the Multiverse out of nowhere for no reason.  

So while our Justice League tale continues to do nothing but boost Naomi up and throw weird reasons behind why the story is doing what it's doing, the Justice League Dark backup falls a little flat for me this time around but it still doesn't completely disappoint and is still the best thing about this book. It's just we use convoluted magic means to get from one place to another and have characters going after people who we don't know which ultimately leaves us with an installment of this series that doesn't do much overall.

All in all, the art in both the Justice League and Justice League Dark stories are solid and my only gripe with anything to do with it is the panel layouts in the Justice League story. It made things very hard to follow but even with that, we had just a fight scene that meant nothing by the end of the issue. I guess with that assessment we're already talking about the story elements of this book where the Justice League part just feels completely hollow and not thought out at all. It's just simply saying or doing one thing and then just moving on to the next without any real reason behind it and the only takeaway from the Justice League story is..... because Naomi is Naomi..... she's just on the Justice League. So yeah, the Justice League story was disappointing, and sadly the Justice League Dark while better..... wasn't much better overall and used its page space to do a lot of the same things that the Justice League part did...... it just moved us from one place to the other and had no real purpose behind it.

Bits and Pieces:

While I loved the way that both the Justice League and Justice League Dark parts of this book looked, I felt that both the story elements were lacking and neither really did much ultimately. With the Justice League, we just continue to elevate Naomi for no real reason and this is the first bit of the Justice League Dark tale that felt like a bit of filler to me and that's disappointing because while JLD is the best part of this book, it's not better by a long shot like it usually is.


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