Title: Justice League (2018-) #5
Script: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Colors: Wil Quintana
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: Lex Luthor’s back in the present just trying to live his best life after seeing what the future could have held for him. Luthor’s new mantra? “Embrace Your Doom!” So now he’s rounding up a new Legion of Doom to go on a cosmic wilding and establish himself as the biggest baddie in the DCU. In full recruiting mode, Luthor approaches both Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd to join his new team, and he doesn’t exactly have to twist any arms. (They’ve got a matching 401K plan and great bennies, after all!)
Scott Snyder temporarily passes the torch to James Tynion and ,in doing so, allows Tynion to add an extra level of depth to this story by providing readers with a new lens to view the conflict between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom from; said lens frames this conflict as a sort of underdog story that makes it difficult for readers to root against Lex, and Grodd and the rest of the LoD.
Although the purpose of Justice League (2018-) #5, as it appears, is to add insight and provide understanding to a somewhat complex story, writer James Tynion manages to do much more than offer readers a look at the other side of the coin, much more than tie up loose ends, he manages to add momentum to an already energetic story progress the story further along its promising path.
Artist Doug Mahnke does a fine job in capturing the doom and the darkness that, up until now, has been lurking in the corners of this tale, and places it front and center. His line work is crisp and expressive and works well to complement Tynion’s script.
The Bottom Line:
Offering insight and adding momentum to an already energetic story, Justice League (2018-) #5 is a well-crafted comic book that places our spandex-wearing heroes in the rearview mirror, and focuses on the stars of this story, the members of the Legion of Doom.