A new League for a new universe.
With some DC franchises, the initial luster of Rebirth has worn away with time and changing creative teams. But in the case of Justice League, the luster was never really there to begin with. This was the one corner of the DCU that actually seemed to get worse as a result of Rebirth. But if the No Justice miniseries has proven anything, it’s that one good story can completely turn things around.
No Justice #4 wraps up this short, densely packed miniseries, as the four teams converge on Earth in a desperate bid to stop their home from being devoured like Colu before it. The stakes are high in this finale, even if the enemy itself remains as bland now as it was at the beginning of the series. The Omega Titans never evolved beyond being generic, Kirby-esque space gods. But that’s still a minor concern, as they were never more than a means to an end. As this issue makes clear, the Omega Titans were only ever intended as a taste of the new threats awaiting the DCU on the other side of the Source Wall. This issue does its job as far as setting the stage for the new lineup of Justice League books and building anticipation for what’s coming down the line.
And ultimately, the characters were always fueling this story more than the enemy they were brought together to battle. Despite the massive cast, this series has done an impressive job of balancing these many characters and playing their voices against one another. The Martian Manhunter/Lex Luthor pairing remains my favorite, but there’s a lot to soak in in this final issue. The Justice league line has struggled for so long because this team so rarely feels like a family with a rich history behind it. It’s devolved into a businesslike assortment of A-List players. At long last, Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson and James Tynion IV have restored that essential quality.
While the middle two chapters of this series were hampered by fill-in art, No Justice is able to go out in style as Francis Manapul returns to the forefront. Manapul’s sweeping double-page spreads are essential for containing all the craziness at play in this story. No matter how many characters share the page or how much dialogue is tossed about, Manapul keeps this story flowing quickly and neatly. His sleek, dynamic style, paired with Hi-Fi’s gorgeous colors, helps blend the familiar heroes of the Justice League with the sheer wonder of the DC cosmos. This miniseries has established a strong visual tone for the new Justice League line, but so far it looks as though the new creative teams will be able to carry it forward.