What am I talking about this time: JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1
Art by: Francis Manapul
Cover by: Francis Manapul
Written by: Joshua Williamson, James T Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Overall Review: 2 out of 5 Starros
Is it worth $3.99? Nnnnnope. Especially when DC Nation #0 is out for 25cents and is a million times better.
I was super hyped for this comic, so it’s a huge let down that it falls on the lower end of the “meh” scale. The introduction in DC nation #0 was waaaaaaaaay better. Does it set up everything up? Sure. Does it tell a story? I guess. Was it interesting? No.
So, let’s get into this; After the refreshingly wonderful (and bonkers) Metal series, I was ready for some new takes, original adventures, and innovative character beats. You won’t find any of that here. The art is decent, but the character designs of the new costumes… er nodes are sub-standard, the basis for this adventure is one of the most re-hashed DC crossover plots they have, and the grandeur of the threat doesn’t seem to have the weight every acts like it does. It feels like the early episodes of the Power Rangers when they would just have a costumed foot step close to camera, while the rangers in the distance look up in shock. It makes me concerned for a series that everything I saw, read, and heard about seemed so fantastic- in every sense of that word. But it’s here and it is anything but that. And don’t get me started on the team names… what was once an interesting enigma, is now a lame conceit.
The tag line of this issue is “With the source wall shattered… Death arrives!” Which says it all without being accurate.
Sigh, anyway. In space the Green Lanterns are trying to patch up the hole in the source wall. In the first of many moments that seem completely out of character, Hal Jordan acts like he’s never seen or heard of the source wall and John Stewart and GUY GARDNER explain it to him. Guy Gardner knows more about the source wall than fucking Hal Jordan. Off to a great start.
Back on Earth, Brainiac shows up and is easily handing every hero (and some villians) their collective ass. Superman shows up, but in the end of a visually cool, but mostly boring fight, Brainiac easily wins. Because years and years of comics history have shown that Brainiac can beat the Justice League, Superman, and everyone else without breaking a stride. Sure. Than a few of our new stars wake up on slabs in Brainiac’s ship in new costumes. Or rather slight variations (and I mean slight) of their usual outfits with Brainiac glowing nodes on them. They join up with the other heroes from this book and Brainiac explains (oh, boy here we go) the most over used trope in DC comics… Ancient Gods from before time are coming back to play a comic game/battle and eat worlds. Yeah, it’s that story again.
Apparently, four ancient gods/brothers (name d Entropy, Wisdom, Wonder, and Mystery)once seeded the worlds of our universe with their own name/power to see who would grow to be the dominant concept. Now they are back to reclaim blah blah blah. For real.
So Brainiac divides everyone up into teams based on their relation to the brothers (Hence the team names and characters) and heads to his home planet of Culu where the Brother-Gods are attacking now.
In case you don’t know, the teams are:
Team Entropy- Batman, Beast Boy, Lobo , Lex Luthor, and Deathstroke.
Team Mystery- Superman, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, Starro, and Sinestro.
Team Wonder- Wonder Woman, Raven, Dr. Fate, Zatanna, and Etrigan.
Team Wisdom: Cyborg, Flash, Atom, Damian Wayne, and Harley.
Meanwhile, Amanda Waller has gathered all Earth psychics to invade Brainiac’s mind and steal all his knowledge, which instead causes his head to explode in a lame “Splkurk”. Our heroes quickly forget about this very forgettable moment and turn to face the Gods.
NOTE: The DC Nation #0 Comics seems to pick up here. And it’s quite good, so maybe there is hope. Maybe they can just add some pages to that one and we can pretend that is the first issue.