JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1 / Written by Scott Snyder, James T. Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson/ Artist: Francis Manapul /Colorist: Hi-Fi/ Letterer: AndWorld Design/ Published by DC Comics/ May 9, 2018
Justice League No Justice #1 is the start of Scott Snyder’s run on Justice League and directly follows the events of Dark Nights: Metal. The issue starts with the Justice League fighting Brainiac, only for him to show Superman telepathically there is no point to fighting him, because they will lose. We then cut to the Justice League, Teen Titans, and Suicide Squad split up on Brainiac’s ship. Together the various teams are forced to team up with Brainiac, to save the universe.
Seeing characters who do not always interact and work together forced to team up was a fun element. Damian Wayne arguing with Dr. Fate over needing to find Batman was a big highlight for me. Additionally, I enjoyed Starfire’s portrayal in this comic. Writers seem to forget Starfire was born into a warrior culture and survived being abused by her captors. In Justice League: No Justice she’s a strong fighter. She lacks the naïveté that holds her back, in other comics.
This issue is the first part of a four-part story that will set up Snyder’s Justice League run. Snyder, Williamson and Tynion are fantastic writers. All excel in capturing characters in team settings. The Dark Nights: Metal event was a great showcase for the Justice League and Snyder’s beginning on this series. In addition, Tynion’s work on Detective Comics and Williamson’s work on Justice League VS. Suicide Squad and Justice League Odyssey show all of these writers have fantastic resumes in the DC Universe.
Manapul’s art in this book was very well done. The panel design of when Brainiac informs the teams of the upcoming crisis is brilliant. The scene is dialogue heavy but never feels overcrowded, thanks to the imaginative artwork and AndWorld Design’s lettering. Hi-Fi’s coloring is bright, bold, and matches the images teased by DC Comics of the color-coordinated teams. It is nice to see the teams and their looks executed as well as originally promised. I also appreciate most of the women in this series are wearing pants!
However, I am surprised we are getting another event, so soon after Dark Nights: Metal. The event finished in the end of March, so directly going into another one may not give readers enough time to breathe. While I greatly enjoyed the Dark Nights: Metal event, I was hoping to have it followed by a more traditional Justice League story. Fans need to read this comic to understand the set-up for the upcoming Justice League, Justice League Dark, Titans, New Titans and Suicide Squad comics. My one hope is this event is different enough from Metal that fans, myself included, do not become fatigued. If future issues continue to bring solid writing, dialogue and art from this first taste, the series has very little to lose.
Verdict: 4 out of 5 powerful psychics
In addition to writing and tweeting into the void, Elizabeth Garcia enjoys applying ethical and political theory to modern comics while wearing leggings and drinking wine with her cat on her beat-up couch.