The Justice League itself gets almost completely shut out of the latest issue, as we follow Lex Luthor and his Legion of Doom. Do I mind? Nope, not one bit, because this story is fun, fun, fun!
I always really want to love Justice League. It was one of my favourite books as a kid, and there have been periods where it is a true delight to read. Then there have been periods where it is ok. And periods where I derive no pleasure from it whatsoever.
I wasn’t 100% on board with this new run at the very start, I had fears of being let down. But now I am loving it, just having a great time. And this issue is easily the best so far.
It’s often a lot of fun to get a story from the villain’s perspective, and in this case we also see how Luthor shed any pretense of being a hero after the events of No Justice, and how he came to learn what his true purpose is.
The other members of the Legion of Doom have smaller roles, but both Sinestro and Grodd are given excellent moments.
The art is also top drawer in this one. I absolutely love the illustration of their headquarters in its molten pit.
The overall pacing of the storytelling is well done, looking at this issue in the larger context. The first four issues pulled us in, got us involved with the new League and slowly revealed the deadly situation they found themselves in. Luthor has all but triumphed at this point, and so shifting the focus from the League to him for this issue makes perfect sense.
Of course we know the League will win in the end, but in this issue the reader is allowed to wallow along with the villains in the illusion of their forthcoming victory. Which will make their coming defeat all the more entertaining to see.
I am so glad that I can just rave about Justice League, without any qualifications or doubts.