Justice League #25 // Review
The final showdown against the forces of the Sixth Dimension commences while Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez share plotting duties and drive home this epic finale. Jimenez delivers nothing outside of sheer spectacular artwork and absolutely elevating Snyder’s words in every page. With levels of bombast and excitement not seen since the days of Morrison and Porter on JLA, Jimenez, and Snyder prove to readers why this title is the premiere superhero team book on the stands.
The opening scene alone of a young Clark with Pa Kent fully displays the love and affection these creators feel for these characters and their universe. While the Justice League face against their Sixth Dimension counterparts, Batman along with his Son Box armor goes against his teammates begging for them to just listen to him. While still trapped within the pocket dimension, Superman comes across a handful of suns to reinvigorate his powers. Swimming within the stars revitalizes his powers to unprecedented levels as he makes his way back to the team. Taking on the World Forger single-handedly and showing him the error of his ways, Superman allows for The Forger to join the League in their upcoming fight against Perpetua and the Legion of Doom.
The backup story from James Tynion IV and Javier Fernandez bridges the gap between the main series and Year of the Villain #1 from Free Comic Book Day. Adding a level of clarity for readers and fleshing out the events that followed, Lex sends his offer to the world while faking his own death only to be reborn in a new body with the help of Brainiac.
It cannot be stated enough how much this title and DC as a whole benefit from the masterful artwork from Jorge Jimenez. As his name continues to grow, never the slouch, his artwork continues to grow exponentially with every new chapter. From his figure work, his fully fleshed out backgrounds, to the raw power and emotion he can deliver, Jimenez is DC Comics. Javier Fernandez is a stark contrast from Jimenez but the perfect choice for Tynion as well as the material they cover. With much darker overtones, the grim art of Fernandez is the ideal motif for the Legion of Doom centric short tale.
With every new issue, this series grows even more grandiose and more blockbuster, adding the much-needed spectacle this title has been known for previously. With two series-defining tales for readers to clamor over, this title kicks off DC’s summer event, Year of the Villain, in full effect.