Title: Justice League: No Justice (2018-) #1
Words: Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV
Art: Francis Manapul
Publication Date: May 9, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: DARK NIGHTS: METAL left the DCU transformed in ways both terrifying and wondrous—and only the Justice League is strong enough to face the threats to come…or are they? Four giant beings comprised of the universe’s major energies—Mystery, Wonder, Wisdom and Entropy—who sustain their life force by devouring planets are on their way to destroy the planet of Colu. The only way to take down this unimaginable threat is for the superhero teams of Earth to forget everything they thought they knew and form new alliances. What secrets of the cosmos will Superman, Martian Manhunter and Team Mystery discover? Will Zatanna, Wonder Woman and Team Wonder awaken alien magic they cannot put back to sleep? What can Harley Quinn possibly have to teach the rest of Team Wisdom? And most importantly…why the heck is Beast Boy on Team Entropy with Lobo and Batman? Find out all this and much more in the most exciting, bombastic event of summer 2018! In this kickoff issue to the four-issue miniseries, after Brainiac systematically takes down all of Earth’s super-teams, the last thing the League expects is for him to ask for their help! Without their aid, his home planet and the universe are both doomed!
Epic in scale and in reach, Justice League: No Justice adds depth to an already expansive fictional universe, and in further developing the mythos of the DCU, manages to add mystery and allure to a familiar place that legions of Wednesday Warriors call home. In this first issue, the creative team responsible for this series works like a well-maintained machine and manages to produce a near-perfect issue.
As far as cooperative comic book scripts are concerned, I can’t say that I’ve seen one that is nearly as balanced as this; where one writer’s work ends and the others’ work begins is a mystery to me as this story feels as though it is being told in a single unified voice. Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson make a fantastic team, and seeing as how important this story is to DC’s grand scheme, I can’t think of a better team to tackle this exciting project.
What I enjoy most about this issue, and the whole Justice League: No Justice story, for that matter, is that it is moving in multiple directions simultaneously; while he have interesting team-ups between former enemies and unlikely combinations of current heroes, Snyder, Williamson, and Tynion are also looking to the past and expanding upon the already vast and rich DC mythos. Thus far, our dream team of writers have made great strides in further expanding the DCU – they are putting forth an impressive effort, and ultimately, I am confident that they’ll accomplish all of their goals and readers will be the ones to benefit from their efforts.
Francis Manapul’s work in this issue is impressive; Justice League: No Justice (2018-) #1 astounds visually, and ultimately, raises the bar for other artists working in the industry. Manapul’s vehement illustrations are highly-detailed and well-composed. Comic book artowrk doesn’t get much better than this…
The Bottom Line:
Epic in scale and in reach, Justice League: No Justice (2018-) #1 is a well-crafted comic book that accomplishes everything that it set out to and manages to exceed expectations in the process of further expanding and developing the mythos of the DCU.