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Review – Justice League #31 (DC Comics)

Justice League #31 (DC Comics) variant cover (detail) by Julian Totino Tedesco
Justice League #31
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8/10
  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 8.9/10
    8.9/10
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Summary

Writer: Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Maturity Rating: Teen+
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 4, 2019

The Flash and Green Lantern go back in time, while Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman flash to the future in a desperate attempt to stop Luthor’s plan.

 

 

Justice/Doom War Part 2 – Justice League #31

We last left off the Justice League in a desperate attempt to thwart Luthor’s plan. The team is split in Justice League #31 in attempt to find the Totality pieces across hypertime before Luthor and the Legion of Doom. The Flash and Green Lantern John Stewart travel to the past where they meet the classic Justice Society of America for a hair-raising adventure. Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman crash into a bleak future where Kamandi, the Last Boy on Earth, helps our heroes. In the present Hawkgirl, Starman, Mera, and the rest of the League look to head to the end of the Universe!

Writing

Justice League #31 (DC Comics) main cover by Francis Manapul
Justice League #31 (DC Comics) main cover by Francis Manapul

I have been enjoying Snyder’s run on Justice League. It has been leading up to this big Justice/Doom War/Year of the Villian story for a while and it has finally hit. James Tynion IV has also come on for the ride. I like the huge scope of Justice League #31, with teams spread out past, present, and future. The story does feel massive and to the epic scale that Snyder has built it up to be.

The interactions between The Justice Society of America with Barry Allen and John Stewart is delightful. It feels like Snyder does a lot of the character dialogue as it resonates with how he has been writing Barry Allen for a while. It has a nice mix between being very serious and some delightful comedy beats. 

There is a ton of text in this issue. Several pages have “walls” of text throughout the issue. It can get a little tedious at times with characters explaining what is happening and what they are doing. It is not totally bad, as things do need to be explained, but I felt myself wanting to skip a lot of it. I also find myself not overly invested in the story. I am more interested in seeing the past and future team interactions with characters than the main story plot.

Art

My main reason for picking up Justice League #31 is Jorge Jimenez on art. He has quickly become one of my favorite artists. His style is extremely captivating to me. It has that nice balance of feeling sketchy and rough, yet detailed at the same time. His characters’ expressions and acting are fantastic throughout the issue. He sells those comedy lines perfectly with some subtle changes in characters faces or body position. 

Jimenez does some great layouts and structure throughout the issue. His visual storytelling is top-notch, letting the pages and scenes flow together and introducing some interesting visuals and angles to different scenes. He also catches the beautiful simplicity of the characters’ costumes as well. Not too many lines or details; he lets them shine by keeping them to the bare minimum.

Alejandro Sanchez is a wonderful colorist. I talked about him last week in my review of Batman/Superman #1 and he does a great job of switching his style between artist and books. He gives Justice League #31 a little darker and “dirtier” look to fit Jimenez’s style. 

Conclusion

Justice League #31 is another solid entry into the series. While the story may not be firing on all cylinders for me right now it was still a ton of fun to read and has me on board for the rest of the arc. The artwork is fantastic. The art team continues to shine throughout the issue and is a highlight of the book.


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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

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