Justice League: No Justice #2 // Review
Brainiac has been destroyed as Earth’s heroes and villains are left stranded on his home planet, Colu, forced to face the Omega Titans without his help. Writers Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, and James Tynion IV continue to work together, along with Francis Manapul on art, taking this space opera to the next level. While the Justice League members are lost in space, Green Arrow is left on Earth alone to figure out where the other heroes have gone to with the help of Amanda Waller. While two issues still remain, this miniseries still has much ground yet to cover as it races toward its finale.
The smaller character moments in this ever expanding blockbuster are the true hallmarks of this series. Giving readers rare interactions between characters that usually don’t cross paths very often, such as Lobo and Beast Boy. Beyond all the high stakes and the fast paced action, it is these moments that make the series truly grand. With multiple writers the series could easily suffer from “too many cooks in the kitchen” but with the vast array of characters at their disposal the team is able to find their singular voice playing off of each different hero and villain respectively.
It goes without saying how outstanding of an artist Francis Manapul has been and continues to be. Giving every character in this massive cast emphasis and highlighting how awesome each one can be is par for the course with Manapul. The sheer attention to detail is noted and appreciated greatly. Manapul is the absolute perfect artist for such a grandiose and explosive concept, his ability to take everything to a grander scale works wonderfully well with this epic series. Hi-Fi continues to bring these pencils to life with mast color works. Every page is a vibrant explosion of colors, adding yet another visual layer to the grand space opera.
Being great for new or older readers, this story can stand on its own while also borrowing from previous events, keeping no one in the dark. The series also manages to stay a pure DC universe event rather than just a ‘Batman and friends’ story, making the series that much more expansive. Every character gets their due or a moment to shine. Spotlighting the various members of each teams allows a character like Beast Boy to have many great moments in this issue when it was his turn under the microscope. As the series reaches the halfway point, the penultimate and the final issue will be the two that truly set the status quo for the upcoming Justice League titles to follow this June and July.