Title: Justice League (2018-) #3
Script: Scott Snyder
Pencils: Jorge Jimenez
Ink: Jorge Jimenez
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
Publication Date: July 4th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: John Stewart: Ultraviolet Lantern? Believe it! Under the influence of the Ultraviolet Spectrum, John Stewart engages in some ultraviolence against his teammates Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Meanwhile, the rest of the League investigates the scene of the fallen Source Wall fragment, and encounters not only a horde of giant monsters, but a pair of longtime archenemies using stolen Atom technology to literally get under their skin. Best to stock up on Cortizone for that sort of itch! All this and…the Turtle? Yep.
The Justice League is back!
Superman and Martian Manhunter, with Hawkgirl and Batman shrunk-down and floating inside of them (yes, inside of them), venture into the center of the Totality while the rest of the gang fights off the newest recruit of the Ultraviolet Corps, Green Lantern Corps leader, John Stewart.
Even it was released the on the same day that Batman and Catwoman were scheduled to get married, Justice League #3 was the comic book that I was most looking forward to reading this week, and thankfully, my expectations were exceeded as this issue is as close to perfect as a modern comic book can get.
There’s a whole lot going on, but writer Scott Snyder makes it easy for readers to follow along with action and make sense of the somewhat-complex events as they unfold. What is, perhaps, most noticeable about Snyder’s writing here, in Justice League (2018-) #3, is his ability to speak/write authentically for a very diverse group of characters; his attention to word choice, phrasing, and pacing is apparent and effective. This script is some of Snyder’s best work.
Much like Snyder, artist Jorge Jimenez’ work in Justice League (2018-) #3 is some of his best; having such a diverse cast of well-known characters to illustrate must be a dream, but it is also, obviously a challenge. Jimenez handles said challenge with apparent ease and delivers highly-detailed dynamic illustrations that add an additional level of enjoyment to this book’s overall reading experience.
Initially, I was concerned that this series had gotten off to a start that would lead to an inevitable burnout of sorts, but after reading this issue, and finally finding out what happened to Earth’s moon, I’m at ease and am eager to seer what’s in store for our heroes. Again, the Justice League is back!
The Bottom Line
Justice League (2018-) #3, an intense issue that is packed tight with story and action and amazing artwork, is as close to perfect as a modern comic book can get.