Justice League #15
Starman is exploding. The League doesn’t seem to be able to stop it. They’ve evacuated the Hall of Justice and Superman has absorbed what energy he could, but they’re at the end of their rope.
On Thanagar Prime, Shayera Kol gives the order for Savage Hawkman to kill the Justice League. But then she discovers that they are only an illusion, a trick from Martian Manhunter. The Justice League has made their way to the vault, at the center of which is the one of the last of J’onn’s race, held captive by Shayera’s regime.
Inside the Vault, the Justice League finds more trouble as Shayera catches up with them and the Green Lantern Corps has arrived to arrest the League. While Hawkgirl and John Stewart seek to stall, J’onn explores deeper into the vault to find the Martian wearing the Absorbascon.
Even as the battle rages in the outside chamber, the Martian explains to J’onn what has happened and what secrets Shayera is protecting. The Martian begins to tell the story of Perpetua.
Leave it up to Snyder to make use out of some of the most obscure corners of the DC Universe. So much so, that I had to google Dominion and the Abscorbascon.
Snyder and Tynion are doing what they do best here. It’s another chapter in a grand saga, once again working to rewrite the origin of the DC Universe. Of course, thanks to the seeds Snyder has planted, they’re able to do this without it seeming tiresome. The breaking of the Source Wall has allowed Snyder and company to do whatever they want. Including introducing a previous universe. Of course the skeptic in me wants to question how the changes after Flashpoint Paradox changed this and was Perpetua merely an undiscovered creator pre-flashpoint?
But that’s just me. I overthink things all the time. The story is still incredible. Some strife within the Justice League, J’onn’s obsession with finding more of his people, and the revelation about Thanagar all serve to keep the excitement alive.
The art is incredible. Once again we have a divide in what Cheung handles versus Segovia and the change is done in such a way that isn’t jarring. Cheung handles the earth-bound Justice League dealing with Starman while Segovia draws the League’s adventures on Thanagar. Both are fantastic artists and serve to ensure we know which group we’re looking at.
Tynion’s dialogue is great, especially the opening quip from Batman. Shayera’s scolding of the League is reminiscent of frequent criticisms of large nations on Earth. And the cliffhanger leaves the reader clamoring for the next issue (at least it did for me). Some answers are finally coming! And it’s not that I’m bored without the answers. Especially as they keep trickling in.
With Snyder and Tynion at the helm and assists from the fantastic artwork from Cheung, Morales, and Segovia, Justice League proves itself to be worthy of being the flagship title of DC, giving us the epic stories we’ve come to expect.
Justice League #15: More Secrets Plus Some Answers
Writing - 9/109/10
Storyline - 9/109/10
Art - 10/1010/10
Color - 9/109/10
Cover Art - 10/1010/10
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