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Review – Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics)

Earth is Not Ready in Justice League: No Justice #1

Justice League: No Justice #1 (of 4) is the start of DC Comic’s newest event mini-series. With the Source Wall down after the events of Metal, it has opened the DC Universe to a whole new host of troubles! When four “godlike” beings composed of the energy of Mystery, Wisdom, Wonder, and Entropy threaten to devour Earth it is up to the Justice League to stop them. But not even their might may be able to save Earth this time! It will be heroes and villains in an all-hands-on-deck effort to save the DC Universe from its most massive threat yet in Justice League: No Justice #1.

Writing

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE NO JUSTICE #1 Cover by Francis Manapul

The writing talents of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson come together in Justice League: No Justice #1. At first, it was a little worrisome to have three writers on this mini-series. It seemed like there might be a “too many cooks in the kitchen” type scenario with this many writers. Luckily Justice League: No Justice #1 is pretty consistently written throughout the first issue. I would like to know the breakdown of how each three of these writers contributed; it would be very interesting to see. They fit a lot in 22 pages and the story only stutters in a few instances when it gets a little wrapped up in itself.

I do like all the character interactions throughout Justice League: No Justice #1. The split-up into the different teams of Justice Leagues based on the four energies (you can check out the teams here), is obviously a great idea. It is always fun to see who gets put on whose team and what each character brings to the playing field. The story is pretty straightforward, but at the same time fun and exciting.

Artist

Look, my main reason for picking up Justice League: No Justice #1 was Francis Manapul was drawing it! He is one of those artists that if he is on a series I am at least going to check it out. For me, Manapul hits a nice spot of feeling minimalist yet detailed at the same time. He adds enough detail to bring the characters and surroundings to life but does not add anything that is unnecessary. His tight inking helps bring out great details in characters faces and costumes, while his cartooning and great character work bring out all the emotions in the story. Manapul has some wonderful panel structures and layouts throughout Justice League: No Justice #1. There are some really great scenes that Manapul uses to create some fantastic visuals to help tell the story.

Hi-Fi’s coloring works tremendously well in this issue as well. The colors seem to switch between darker and lighter tones throughout the issue, which helps a lot in the storytelling aspect of the art. He also colors Superman’s classic costume wonderfully; it just fits so well! Hi-Fi and Manapul make a superb art team.

Conclusion

Justice League: No Justice #1 feels like the start of a great summer blockbuster movie. Yeah, the story is not super compelling, but it does a lot of things that are very fun and exciting! Splitting the Justice League into specific groups based on “energies” or specific power sets is always a lot of fun. And the creative team is using this to their advantage to make this series a delightful start to this mini-series. Much like a summer blockbuster, with Francis Manapul and Hi-Fi on art, Justice League: No Justice has some spectacular visuals that are the highlight of the show! Look, this is not the greatest comic ever, but it is a heck of a lot of fun and has a great ending that has me excited for the next issue! So, pick up Justice League: No justice #1 with some popcorn and enjoy the ride.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30