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Review – Justice League #19 (DC Comics)

Justice League #19 (DC Comics) variant cover (detail) by Rob Liefeld
Justice League #19
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8.9/10
8.9/10
  • Writing - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
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Summary

Plot: Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Jorge Jimenez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: March 6, 2019

Things are never normal when Mr. Mxyzptlk comes out to play, but can the Justice League convince him to help save the world?

It’s a Brand New World in Justice League #19

The Justice League has the map to the sixth dimension, but even with all of their resources, no way to get there. Well, there is one person that may be able to help. Someone that has plagued Superman and Metropolis for many years. A trickster and prankster of unimaginable power. Yes, Mr. Mxyzptlk is the only thing that can help the League get to the sixth dimension and save the world! Now they just have to convince him to help in Justice League #19.

Writing

Justice League #19 (DC Comics) main cover by Jorge Jimenez
Justice League #19 (DC Comics) main cover by Jorge Jimenez

Man, it has been a while since I have read and reviewed a Justice League issue (Justice League #9 to be exact). So, I missed out on the whole Drowned Earth storyline and probably some other things as well. To Snyder and Jimenez’s writing credit, I did not feel lost at all in Justice League #19. Luckily for me, this is the start of a new story arc. They are still dealing with the Source Wall being broken and trying to stop the world from being destroyed. Somehow I guess Hawkgirl has the map to the sixth dimension on her wings, and they do a great job of skimming the rest to get up to speed.

You know whenever Mr. Mxyzptlk gets involved things are going to get a little bit wacky, and he does let loose throughout the story. The writers have a lot of fun with Mr. Mxyzptlk; he gets to do some crazy things in Justice League #19. I was kind of hoping for a nod to Wonder Twins #1, as they had to deal with him in that issue. But, Snyder does give a nice Easter egg to Wonder Woman’s involvement with Justice League Dark, which was nice. I always enjoy seeing a little bit of continuity between titles.

Justice League #19 is a very well written and plotted story. It was honestly just tons of fun to read. Snyder does a great job with all the characters’ dialogue. He certainly does a wonderful job with Superman and catching that Boy Scout character. The plot of getting to the sixth dimension and what happens after that is fantastic as well. Great character work for all the Justice League, but Snyder once again does a great job of catching the “essence” of Superman.

Art

Jorge Jimenez’s art in Justice League #19 is madly impressive. He does some stunning work throughout the issue. I love his thin ink lines and little “thinner” character profiles.  Every character looks fantastic; Jimenez adds the right amount of detail to each one. His structuring and layout of the issue are wonderful as well. He does some really fun stuff with the short battle between the League and Mr. Mxyzptlk, doing some really entertaining thing with his fifth-dimensional powers.

Jimenez’s art starts to really stand out in his cartooning of characters’ faces and expressions. My gosh, he does some tremendous facial expressions. Whether it’s a slight nod with a solemn look on his face from Superman or Barry Allen grinning from ear to ear, he catches the characters’ moods and tones throughout the story with his art. He also does some fantastic cartooning on Mr. Mxyzptlk. He makes the character look crazy scary at one point. He also does some stunning cartoon work as one scene switches to the fifth dimension and Jimenez completely changes up his style for that scene.

Alejandro Sanchez does some beautiful coloring work as well in Justice League #19. There is a lot of stuff going on in this issue, from fifth and sixth dimensions to a ton of characters. Sanchez captures everything in a splendid array of colors. He does a fantastic job of switching from darker and lighter colors and blending them together in scenes. He also does a superb job of catching the mood and tone of the issue with his coloring work.

Conclusion

Normally I am not a huge Justice League fan, but man, is Justice League #19 just a delightful read! The issue was well-plotted and well-developed. The characters were well-written and the whole issue just flowed nicely together. The art was outstanding with some imaginative structure and layouts, with some truly remarkable cartooning with the characters’ body and facial expressions. If you haven’t read Justice League in a while (like me) Justice League #19 is a great place to jump on, and you won’t be disappointed!


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