Review: Justice League #31

Well that was quite the twist wasn’t it? I know that I have said before that it is exciting when the Justice League finds themselves faced against impossible odds, but its hard to say if this isn’t a bit much for our heroes.The only thing that I would say that this event is lacking right now is a true back and forth between the heroes and villains. In your standard superhero story, the hero will fall, and then rise. Though with this being a war, the hope is that you can invest in the heroes at least showing that they do have some ability to fight back. With that said, part of me still wanted to see how they could turn this new obstacle into a win.

The biggest takeaway from this issue was figuring out just what the Legion of Doom is planning on their end. Spreading doom was a good last stretch of their plans, but there still had to be steps taken for them to ensure that nothing comes between them and success. It was brilliant on their end that they could actually beat the Justice League to the past and present to get a head start of collecting the final two pieces of the Totality. Now of course this also made you question what they could have already done that both the past and present already look so different from what is recognizable.

When it came to the Flash/Green Lantern team-up in the 1940s, it was what unfolded on their end in this issue that gave me a bit more confidence in the decision for those two to work on their own. Honestly, I initially found it troubling that of the members on hand they would group their three strongest together, and leave the other two with each other. It didn’t seem fair, especially when upon arrival they first confrontation was with the Justice Society of America. What made this a convenient situation for them was knowing half of that team very well, and having another Flash/Green Lantern to connect with. The humor from The Flash stuck. I wasn’t too surprised that he would find the opportunity to still be able to make light of the situation despite not being in control of it. It helped to have John Stewart there who has a better judgement call when it comes to ease confusion that could easily turn into a fight.

The trinity in the far future faced a more unique situation. A future where doom already consumed the planet, and to the point where all that was left of humanity was the Last Boy on Earth, Kamandi. The explanation of this future was straight to the point. There wasn’t much that you really needed to know about where things went wrong. We already know that, the big thing was actually getting the chance to explore that aftermath. It ended up being who the Legion left to handle the future that grabs your attention more. It was the right call because there is only one or two members that you could actually entrust to handle something of a bigger scale.

Back in the present, this was where most of the drama stirred because there was a lot to take in for where things have now gone wrong in their plans. Do they press forward to find the Anti-Monitor? Do they scrap the plan to go after Lex himself? This was where the hard calls took place because what happens in the present matters when the main goal of the Legion was to break this team apart. Now where they were one step behind, now they are two steps. You definitely find yourself invested in this half of the story knowing that anything can go wrong when there is at least on wildcard who they can’t seem to keep from trying to cross a line.

I would say that I enjoyed the interior work for this issue just as much as the issue before. This war has a lot going on switching up between three points in time and four perspectives. What I always admire about Jorge Jimenez as a penciler is that he never sacrifices quality for being able to handle all of these things going on at the same time. This includes such scenes as where Barry and John are introduced to the Justice Society of America. For this issue specifically, I think what popped out to me most was the chilling that you get from the way that the Legion members are drawn. The shadows used for them, and the way that some of them grin really sets a mood. I was surprised to see that even Brainiac could emote in such a way. The shadows make a big difference as well. The colors of course stood out as needed when capturing some of the more powerful forces at play. For example, the glows and overlays used for just the Monitor brothers was both unique and distinguished for the texture and intensity alone.

Through part two of the Justice League/Doom War, we got a better understanding of the kind of battle which has been set up by the Legion. They know exactly what they’re doing, which is more than you can say for the heroes. Justice League #32 should be one to anticipate when the Legion still has no intention of allowing the League to get themselves together to easily.

Justice League #31

3.99
8.5

Score

8.5/10

Jideobi Odunze Author

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