Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jorge Jimenez
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Young Sinestro uses his skills as an archaeologist to uncover a mystery that could devastate the universe. As he ponders how he can control it, a green streak in the sky changes his destiny forever, but he never forgets. This is an interesting opening to the issue. It casts a new light on a classic villain and lays out a moment that will play itself out in the rest of the issue for good or ill.
In the present, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg are battling one of their own as a possessed John Stewart has attacked his teammates with a new power from the ultraviolet spectrum. A power that makes his constructs all the more destructive and deadly and both Aquaman and Cyborg realize that there is something to this new power that is different.
In the Totality, Superman and Martian Manhunter continue to fight their way to the center of the creature. Inside both Superman and Manhunter, another battle is raging. The second part of their plan in the Totality is actually really cool. Knowing that it mutates anything inside it, Batman and Hawkgirl have been shrunk down to Atoms and are attacking the mutations from inside Superman and Manhunter. They are keeping them from mutating in real time and it’s a fun scene to witness. Especially with the realization that they are not alone.
We get out first look at Luthor again in this issue and something else even more terrifying that is waiting to strike as events continue to be set in motion that make matters worse and are giving Luthor exactly what he wants.
I continue to be interested in seeing where this story is going. Snyder has done a great job of expanding on themes he’s established in previous arcs and stories, including Metal, and that expansion feels like a natural progression. It adds a level of continuity to the story that keeps me invested. Jimenez’ art is amazing and the facial expressions on the characters are great to see in close up. There is an intriguing mystery in this series and I want to see it explored. Hopefully, it continues to expand while keeping the story character driven.