Writers: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson
Art By: Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
My Rating: 🏹🏹🏹🏹
Dark Nights: Metal left the DCU transformed in ways both terrifying and wondrous—and only the Justice League is strong enough to face the threats to come…or are they?
In this new special, four giant beings comprised of the universe’s major energies, Mystery, Wonder, Wisdom and Entropy, are on their way to destroy the planet of Colu, the home planet of super villain Brainiac! The only way to take down these planet devouring threats is for the superheroes of Earth to forget everything they thought they knew and form new alliances…
We start out with the Green Lantern Corps… all of them, from Hal Jordan to Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and more! They are positioned at the Source Wall and are discussing how to seal the breach in the wall created by the Justice League. We cut to Earth and to both the suicide squad, the titans and the teen titans who are all locked in and each losing their respective battles. Moving to the Justice League it is revealed that it is in fact, what seems like, an invasion by Brainiac…Yes another one, this guy just doesn’t quit! This time, however, he seems to be heeding some form of warning. Superman once again seems to come to the rescue and helps Flash free the rest of the league however Brainiac counters this by explaining that whilst the superheroes (and villians) of earth are of immense potential power they are governed by the fragility of emotions and that they all can be beaten with mathematical equations. Of course Brainiac being Brainiac, he does this. All teams are shown to be beaten, including the justice league.
I won’t go too deeply into the story as i’d love for you to read it yourselves and hopefully after reading this review, you’ll be doing just that. If you have already read this story then you already know what happens and you don’t need me telling you again. 🙂
The heroes and villains awaken on board a Brainiac ship and are mixed into groups. These ‘teams’ are designed by brainiac based on each characters attainment to each force that govern existence.
Team Mystery includes Superman, Starfire, Martian Manhunter, Starro and Sinestro.
Team Entropy is made up of Batman, Beast Boy, Deathstroke, Lobo and Lex Luthor.
Team Wonder brings together Wonder Woman (Duh), Zatanna, Etrigan, Raven and Doctor Fate.
Team Wisdom unites The Flash, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Robin and Atom.
They have been brought together to counter a threat that frightens even brainiac. How will they learn to play together nicely and counter this crisis?
I honestly thought this story was fantastic. I thought the idea of creating teams based around the commanding forces of the universe was a fun idea. The interactions and dialogue between the characters were true to their roots and had plenty of snappy one liners. Each character had a fair amount of focus with no single character taking the front seat and stealing the show. I found that enjoyable as sometimes if a story includes Batman or Superman i find that they are front and centre and other characters are a bit lost in the background. I would, however, have liked to see a bit more time spent with Doctor Fate and Deathstroke.
I of course adored the scenes that included my main man Green Arrow. It was a surprise to me that he took a meaty chunk of the story which is based back on earth but hey, any focus on Ollie is fine by me! Bias aside GA showed why he is such an inspiring hero and proved his value to the justice league. He stood up to Amanda Waller also. MAJOR bonus points. I really don’t like that lady.
The final part of the story for me was a bit rushed. The Justice League pretty much always save the day and the way they did it in this story was kinda…dark which was refreshing. I mean I don’t think I have ever heard of a titanic, word devouring family chowing down a sibling before…I just can’t help but feel like the suspense and sense of peril could have been greater during the final panels, but hey, that’s just me. You might have different thoughts. Which i would love to hear by the way.
Overall Justice League: No Justice is a solid story stuffed full of all the characters we’ve come to adore over the years. The fights and dialogue were great. The earth scenes were the highlight for me as I thought the interaction between Waller and Ollie perfectly written. The pace was good until the end when i felt it was rushed. The art was superb, I loved the colour palettes that went with each force. During the close up panels however there was a fair lack of detail which was a little disappointing.
I thoroughly recommend this for a read. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as me. Check out my rating below and let me know what you think!
“Ha! Right through this brainpan! I like you, tiny man” – Starro.