Justice League #31 (Review)
Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Jorge Jimenez
Colors by: Alejandro Sanchez
Letters by: Tom Napolitano
The league has been split across time with two teams trapped in eras dominated by the forces of Doom. With Lex Luthor and Perpetua one step ahead of the heroes, they will have to fight to find the missing pieces of the Totality if they have any hope of saving the universe.
In the past, Flash and Green Lantern must convince the Justice Society of America that they are there to help. Barry finds that he has a connection to Jay Garrick, but cannot remember what it is. They agree to help each other locate the portion that Starman gave to the government, but that becomes a problem when they travel to the location and find that they are right in the middle of one of the most dangerous moments in the entire war.
In the future, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman travel with Kamandi to the ruins of the Hall of Justice to find something that might help them locate the shard they are looking for. Unfortunately, Brainiac’s forces have taken control of the area and Batman discovers that they are looking at the problem all wrong as Brainiac is closer to their goal than he realizes.
In the present, the rest of the League prepares to travel to the edge of the universe to locate the Anti-Monitor before Perpetua can. What none of them realize is that the Anti-Monitor knows they are coming and has an ally of his own. One that is completely unexpected.
Snyder and Tynion IV do an amazing job of bringing the reader to the brink of an emotion and then changing everything on a dime. The way the story is paced and laid out perfectly matches the theme of this arc which is a delicate and precarious balance between hope and doom. The uncertainty of where the story goes next is what makes this arc so exciting to read. I can’t wait to see what happens next for good or ill.
The story is enhanced in every way by the brilliant art of Jorge Jimenez. Everything is gorgeously rendered and the art gives a sense of scale, beauty and movement as the story progresses.