This week is a big week for the entire DC universe. With Forever Evil wrapping up, many of the monthly titles directly tied to the event finally get the chance to hit the shelves. The title that was most impacted by this event is easily Justice League. While the title has focused on Cyborg for most of the event, writer Geoff Jones brings back the rest of the league along with some new members. A lot has changed in wake of the Crime Syndicate’s rule over Earth, and this issue ushers in a new chapter for the DCU. Warning, this review may contain spoilers to Forever Evil.
The Justice League is finally back! After such a long delay it’s nice to finally see the team back together. It also appears that the regular cast, excluding Superman and Flash, will be joined by Shazam, Lex Luthor, and Captain Cold. This opens the doors for many interesting possibilities and new team dynamics. This issue also has a lot of cameos. A bunch of lesser known villains can be seen reforming the Secret Society of Super Villains, within the first few pages of the book. The Doom Patrol also makes a brief appearance, although I suspect we will be seeing a lot more of them in future issues.
This issue does an excellent job of setting up story-lines. We see Power Ring’s ring finally find its new host. Flash also reveals that both Element Woman and Vibe are missing since the league was trapped inside the Firestorm matrix. Along with the Doom Patrol, readers have many intriguing story threads to look forward to.
The transition between artists was noticeable. Usually artist changes are subtle and go unnoticed to most readers, however this was not the case for this issue. While both artists, Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke, are extremely talented, their styles are too different to give this issue a uniform look.
The Justice League comes across as a little arrogant in this issue. No one seems to openly take responsibility for the events that caused Forever Evil and most league members act as if they can do whatever they want. Perhaps Luthor just caused their emotions to run high but certain parts felt slightly out of character.
This issue may not have as much action as you would come to expect from the Justice League. This issue spends a lot of time setting up things to come. While I’m sure all of these things will be addressed in future issues, it left this issue a little stale.
Verdict Overall this issue does a great job of following up the events of Forever Evil, and setting up the things to come. While the issue suffers from heavy dialogue at parts and a noticeable artist transition, there are plenty of hints of things to come to keep your attention.