Future State: Justice League #2
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Robson Rocha
Inks by: Daniel Henriques
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: Tom Napolitano
Before getting into the writing, the art in Future State: Justice League #2. In particular, Aquawoman stood out. This Justice League team is young and being put through a lot in Future State: Justice League #2. Tensions run high early in this issue, and Robson Rocha did a great job of conveying that through Andy Curry — she looks like she’s always ready to use that trident at the drop of a hat.
As for the story, it didn’t really move the needle much. Sure, frustrations experience early in Future State: Justice League #2 were good. But, as mentioned in the Future State: Justice League #1 review, this idea is a tough task to execute well. The idea of having a Justice League story set in Future State is understandable, but we’re still dealing with characters we just met — some who readers may not yet know depending on which Future State books they’re reading.
I also don’t care about the White Martians, so that doesn’t help.
DC should absolutely work with some of the Future State titles beyond the brand-wide event. Justice League is something that could eventually work, but it definitely isn’t on the shortlist of titles that need to get a miniseries or ongoing title soon after the event.
Like Future State: Justice League #1, the Justice League Dark portion of this issue provides the superior story. I’d love to read more about this team under the watch of Ram V (writing), Marcio Takara (art), Marcelo Maiolo (colors) and Rob Leigh (letters). Etrigan takes center stage in Proheties Part 2, and it’d be great to dig into his vulnerabilities. (Justice League Dark brought up the grade of this issue at least a full point.)