So in my review for Justice League 7 I commented that the Legion of Doom story had concluded. Boy was I wrong. To be fair, Luthor’s plans with the Totality had failed, and the League was making plans as if the villains had been defeated. True, the evil Batman from Metal had been brought in, but I thought it would take a few issues to pick that thread up.
Nope, I was wrong. We are still in the midst of the storyline. No time for a breath, and that’s a good thing.
I had also commented about how I felt that Black Manta and Cheetah had been given short shrift in the storyline. Well, now I see why, as they get a lot of action in this one.
And, as if all that were not enough, Tynion provides us with a new take on the origin of Will Payton as Starman. He does not deviate very far from Payton’s previous origin, only tying it in to the Totality. But Payton’s story is only partly revealed in this issue, so there is plenty of room to play around as the story goes on.
I really am loving this. It’s such a fun and well told story, I even forgive the red lettering in black word balloons, something I truly hate trying to read.
Mikel Janin’s art is very interesting. That sounds like a hedged compliment, but I mean it in a positive way. On the one hand, it feels very precise and restrained. But that quality simply serves to highlight the moments when it becomes extreme. The evil Batman’s tongue scene, for example, and the great use of changing camera angles when Cheetah is in pursuit.
I believe I commented this before, but each issue of this new run of Justice League outdoes the previous one. The energy and excitement just keep on coming.