Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Comic Review - Justice League: No Justice #1

Name - Justice League: No Justice #1 (of 4)
Published by - DC Comics
Written by - Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV & Joshua Williamson
Art by - Francis Manapul
Coloring by - Hi-Fi
Letters by - AndWorld Design
Release Date: May 9, 2018

Events piling up on each other can be a bit tiring at times in case of the big two publishers in comics these days. This issue starts with this impending danger along with its promises. And while not totally original in its plot it does deliver with gorgeous eye catching art that keeps the reader engaged and an unexpected twist keeps them guessing what to expect in the future issues.

The issue starts by showing Brianiac systematically defeating each super team on Earth. But then throws the first curve-ball by telling us he is not the villain here rather he is trying to recruit the heroes by making a point of letting them know the weakness of their teams. Then he tells the heroes about the 'Omega Titan' who are coming to devour planets because of the breaking of the Source Wall following the events of 'Dark Nights: Metal'. He introduces the concept of the proposed new team roaster incorporating various villainous characters joining forces with the heroes in light of the upcoming crisis, meanwhile remaining forces of Earth tries to find a mean to defeat Brianiac.

The story is quite epic in its proportion and despite following a previous event actually explains the set-up nicely to make new readers understand everything. But the Omega Titans do not seem like an original concept as it almost feels like DC borrowed their concept from 'Galactus' or 'Celestials' from Marvel. The scope of the using so much character is also a bit of a gamble as always; as some get entertaining dialogues (like Lex Luthor and Martian Manhunter for instance) and sequences while others felt like being totally ignored.

But in the end what makes this comic shine is the art. 'Francis Manapul' makes great use of the scope, he has got to use here, and creates art both visually pleasing and masterfully handled to give every character enough detail. His use of the double-page spread at every chance adds that much depth to the overall feel of the large-scale of the struggles our heroes are facing. "Hi-Fi' also does excellent work on his coloring, adding even more layers into the story that makes this comic a feast for the eyes.

Lastly, there is quite an unexpected twist at the end of the issue keeping the reader gasping for breath, which is always a boost to any comic. I will definitely check out the upcoming issues of this series even for the art alone considering the quality delivered here.

I will give this issue 4 out of 5 stars.

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