By Philip Schweier
Feb 21, 2018 - 5:21
This issue (another flashback, obviously) recounts the origin of the Judge – who he is and how he came to be. It also fleshes out a tiny corner of the DC Universe, elevating Bludhaven to more than just another city. It’s begun to develop its own environment, and that a good thing.
I like the fact that the Judge is not a costumed villain. No cape, no mask, no tights. He’s just a guy in a suit and drink in his hand. It’s visual short-hand for how little regard he gives the meta-humans in the DCU. Unlike villains who feel the need to meet super-heroes on their own level, he’s content to dress like regular folks. It’s like playing basketball in your street clothes, as if you’re not going to work up a sweat.
The art by Phil Jimenez and Santorelli on the flashback sequences helps delineate it from that of Jamal Campbell, who draws the present day sequences. I appreciate the idea of using different artists to illustrate different sequences within a story. It alleviates the workload for everyone, without the jarring effect that often occurs when multiple artists draw a book.