At the beginning of time, four beings were born of the cosmic forces that formed the universe. These Omega Titans planted seeds on thousands of worlds, intending to return millennia later to see which civilizations had grown the mightiest before destroying them and reclaiming their power.
Brainiac – The Collector of Worlds – learned of the existence of The Omega Titans. Knowing that few would be willing to speak to him under a flag of parley, Brainiac elected to attack The Earth and abduct those heroes and villains he calculated would be needed to save all that is.
With his story confirmed both by Martian Manhunter’s telepathy and Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth, the heroes of Earth were content to take Brainiac at his word. This did not make them any less reluctant to work with the likes of Sinestro and Starro The Conqueror, however. Nor did it help matters when Brainiac’s head suddenly exploded before he could reveal the details of his plan to save the universe.
Meanwhile on Earth, a sudden energy pulse has neutralized Earth’s satellite systems and driven every superhero left behind into a coma. Every hero but one, who even now is tracking the woman he knows to be responsible for the current crisis. Thus does Green Arrow begin the hunt for Amanda Waller…
I was somewhat cynical when it was announced that Scott Snyder had plans to revamp The Justice League with the assistance of James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson. Despite being a fan of all three writers, the idea behind No Justice seemed a bit much following so close on the heels of Dark Nights: Metal. We just got done redefining the physics of the DC Comics Universe! Was it really necessary to introduce the founding forces of Entropy, Wonder, Mystery and Wisdom so soon after the revelation of The Dark Multiverse?
Necessary or not, the first issue of Justice League: No Justice was a revelation. Whereas I was once a doubter, now I am a disciple. And the good word is that this series is every bit as amazing as the one that preceded it. Indeed, this one may be better!
The action of this issue is muddled somewhat by the continual shifts between the various teams, but the character interactions more than make-up for it. It is unknown if different writers handled different characters or if they round-robined the dialogue by committee. In any case, the best moments of the book are the little asides like Beast Boy wondering what’s wrong with him that caused him to be assigned to a team with the likes of Batman, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke and Lobo.
The artwork is as powerful as the writing, with Francis Manapul and Marcus To delivering the same high quality and highly-detailed work they brought to series such as Trinity and Earth 2. The vibrant colors by Hi-Fi and the amazing lettering by Andworld Design also help to make this book look as good as it reads.
If you haven’t already been reading No Justice, hope like heck your local comic shop still has the first issue in-stock. You do not want to wait for the trade or the start of Scott Snyder’s new Justice League book. This is one to pick-up and save for future rereading!
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