I think Justice
still has a fighting chance!
Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Bruno Redondo and Howard Porter
Colours by: Hi-Fi
Letters by: Tom Napolitano
Cover by: Francis Manapul
Variant Cover by Francesco Mattina
Release Date: October 16, 2019
We left the last issue with high hope. The Multiverse Justice Leagues brought forth by Kamandi, Vandal Savage helping our heroes stuck in the past return to the future, and the Starmen throughout time – trying to create a warp hole to bring all the heroes together to stop Perpetua, once and for all.
Poseidon, forced into assisting Cheetah, Sinestro, and Grood, begins destroying Atlantis in the past – as Green Lantern, Flash and Aquaman talk the Legionnaires into helping them get back to their teammates in the future.
Meanwhile, Brainiac has the Trinty rounded up and ready to be destroyed by his hand in the future – until Kamandi shows up with heroes from all over the Multiverse to help take Brainiac down.
As the Starmen begin to open up the portal connecting them all to stop Perpetua – Hawkgirl goes on the offence against Luthor, thinking he’s distracted in disbelief by the opening of the portal. The League’s from the past and present run through, as the portal connects the worlds. However, just in their climactic joining, Kendra is wounded by Luthor breaking the connection by the Starmen.
Perpetua, strengthened by the portal closing, reaches out into the Multiverse, connecting with all the Villans siding with Doom. She morphs the Anti-Monitor into a titanic-being set to aid her and squishes Starman in her fist before declaring her plan to reshape the Multiverse.
While given glimmers of hope in the previous issue – and a pleasant surprise of the Justice League Unlimited – we get more build-up that feels shoved in our faces, unfortunately. It was foreshadowing Hawkgirl’s foolish mistake against Luthor multiple times this and the last issue that became unnecessary. Mentioning her importance in the ritual once was more than satisfactory: still, an issue that delivers some excellent hero banter and team-ups.
Howard Porter steps in to help with artwork this issue – a welcome surprise to keep this beautiful book as amazing as the last. His style mixes well with Bruno Redondo’s and the two complement each other. Significant full-page spreads in this issue stand out and tones of beautiful team panels.
With the creative team set to depart at the end of this storyline – hopefully, we get a strong ending to help these minor in-between issues more required reading than something to skip over. An OK issue with some great artwork – the end is near!