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Review: Justice League – No Justice #1

“No Justice” Part 1

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Writers:  Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson

Artist: Francis Manapul

(Spoilers ahead) 

Dark Nights: Metal changed everything we knew about the DC multiverse. The Justice League: No Justice mini-series continues that trend with the aftermath of defeating Barbatos and the Dark Knights—the broken Source Wall could lead to the end of everything. While the Justice League would normally handle this situation, they aren’t enough.. neither are the Titans, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad, or an other DC team that steps up to the plate. Those teams have a weakness… the comfort that they share as a team.

No Justice #1 kicks off with Brainiac attacking several locations on Earth at once; taking on different teams of heroes (and villains). He does this to show the heroes of Earth that they don’t stand a chance against the Omega Titans—four brothers who each embody one of the base energies of sentient life. When the Source Wall broke, they were awakened to start collecting on the civilizations they helped start. While Brainiac’s intentions seem noble—re-configuring Earth’s super teams to best match the energy of an Omega Titan, he does it out of the need to save his own home world of Colu. Brainiac goes as far as leaving a trail for the Omega Titans to head to Earth next as incentive for helping.

WE’RE SO FRAGGED

Justice League: No Justice #1 is packed full of a well packed story. While the events of Metal sets No Justice into motion, it’s not a prerequisite reading to enjoy this issue. While we have yet to see these new team configurations of heroes and villains attempt to work alongside of each other, I really enjoy the idea of mixing it up. Brainiac says “You waste it in comfortable formations,” referring to the potential power of Earth’s champions. I can’t help but think that this is meta commentary on how readers could potentially feel too. No Justice shakes up the various DC teams and gives creators a chance to play in new interesting ways and the audience to enjoy those new creations.

The writing team is strong on this book. My love of Scott Snyder’s work is well-known, and as I’ve jumped back into comics, specifically DC, over the past year, I’ve been introduced to other greats. Two of them are on this book with Snyder—James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson. My hat goes off to this team for bringing us a story that was birthed out of Metal, but making it so that new readers wouldn’t have to go back to read that arc (but you totally should) to enjoy this story. The character work in this issue is amazing. Three writers with four teams of heroes and villains must be hard to balance. Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson make it look easy.

NO JUSTICE FOR HOW GOOD THIS ART IS

Frank Manapul’s art on this issue is gorgeous. My only issues with his work here is with the Green Lanterns—they didn’t seem as well-defined as the rest of the characters—and the new “Brainiac Suits”. Don’t get me wrong, the art is magnificent with those costumes—I just can’t figure out how they help match up teams! But the way Manapul draws these characters is short of breathtaking. Especially Brainiac, Manapul’s work on that character in particular is masterful.

CONCLUSION

Justice League: No Justice #1 is a great first entry into the next great DC event series. The all-star writing team is able to connect this story to the previous event without making it a required read. Manapul’s art really pulls it art together. The creative team had a lot of characters to service in this issue and they did it remarkably well. I’m very excited to see what the next three issues of No Justice brings us, especially with these mixed up teams. Great read all around.

9outof10 score

 

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Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr

Kev is the co-founder of Crude Humor Studios and That's Entertainment. He also writes, produces, and directs their skits, shorts, and web series, while sharing managing editor duties for That's Entertainment.

Kev is the host of the podcast, Everything is Awesome and is the co-host of The Zombcast. He is the former host of the podcasts Happy Hour with Steel Tip, Creepcast, Happy Hour, 30 Minute Outsider, The Muff Squad, That's Entertainment, 215th Entertainment Presents: Sounds of Philly, Academic Nerds, and OuaT: The Unofficial Once Upon a Time Podcast.

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