Justice League: No Justice #1 // Review
After the Source Wall has been shattered following the events of ‘Dark Knights Metal’, now the DC Universe’s heroes and villains must band together to face unseen foes from the beyond. ‘Justice League: No Justice’ totally hits the ground running, dropping the reader immediately into the madness, as the story kicks off with a bang. Writers Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, and James Tynion IV work together with Francis Manapul on art to set up the next line of upcoming Justice League titles spinning out of this event in June.
Immediately taking off from page one, this series wastes no time getting started. Although the issue does expect the reader to have prior knowledge of recent events, albeit scarce, it still manages to fill a few of the smaller gaps. Reminiscent of “Dark Knights: Metal,” this series begins by presenting a scenario designed specifically to serve the plot without necessarily explaining how everything got to this point. While meant to be more of a fun ride on the way towards the new status quo for the Justice League (along with the other upcoming “New Justice” titles), the ramifications are still made to be monumental and important towards the future of the DC universe as a whole.
Legendary artist Francis Manapul brings this event to life, adding another level of insanity to this blockbuster of a first issue. Demanding such a large cast for this scale of event fits perfectly with Manapul’s intricate pencils and absolute attention to detail. Manapul's signature style elevates the material and, with Hi-Fi on colors, the pages ooze with beautiful vibrancy, enhancing this space opera even further. This series looks to be yet another monument to his master class artistry. Manapul can do no wrong.
In a very meta fashion, with Snyder, Tynion IV and Williamson together on scripts as a team helps to capture each different voice of the huge cast and gives a glimpse into how the four teams will come about as everyone must work together. Brainiac, however, does seem to be used simply for moving the plot forward and nothing more than just an exposition machine at times, while the rest of the cast have more unique individual roles to fill in each respective team.
With ‘Man of Steel’ and Batman's wedding still on the horizon, along with all the “New Justice” titles still to come, DC is pulling no stops to bring in the readers. ‘No Justice’ looks to be yet another fun, action-packed blockbuster of an event for all readers this summer.