Comic Review: Justice League: No Justice #1

 

Justice League: No Justice #1 (DC Comics) STL081430

Now that the events of Metal have wrapped, you'd think the Justice League and the rest of the heroes of the DC universe would get some much needed R&R. Well, unfortunately for them they aren't getting it just yet. In fact, the consequences of that event have become the focus point of No Justice, the weekly mini-event that will serve as the launching point for the rest of DC's plans for the summer. With a writing team of Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, and with art from Francis Manapul, the opening issue of No Justice is definitely the awesome start the series deserves.

With the Source Wall now cracked open, the DC universe is now open to all kinds of attacks from the unknown creatures that wait on the other side. After an attack from Brainiac, the Justice League soon realizes that Brainiac has come to warn them of a threat so large that they must team up with him and a bunch of other villains in order to stop it. Combining a huge mix of characters together, many that would make you do a double take at the roster (even Starro the Conquerer makes the cut), the teams set out to investigate, but what they may find will make them regret their decisions.

With three of their strongest writers on the book, it's easy to believe that this issue is pretty great. However, any worries that the three might make for an overcrowded narrative are quickly forgotten, as Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson all work extremely well together. This opening issue starts off with some pretty big stakes and doesn't let up, with a wide range of characters and a huge epic scope to this series, but it's also pretty fun as well. Snyder, Williamson, and Tynion IV all have a good time having the heroes bounce off of their bad guy teammates, and there's even a pretty ingenious subplot involving the Suicide Squad's Amanda Waller that will make DC fans grin.

Francis Manapul made a big name for himself on the New 52 run of The Flash, and while he doesn't offer up any crazy page layouts in this issue, he still does a great job of capturing the scope of this event. From the opening pages with the Green Lantern Corps surveying the Source Wall to the Justice League's fight with Brainiac, Manapul's art is simply stellar, and I can't wait to see what he brings to the next installments of this event.

No Justice is setting up some pretty big things for the future of the DC Universe, and I'm really intrigued to see where it goes. While I don't think this is quite as new-reader friendly as DC is intending, I also don't think it's completely impenetrable. Snyder, Williamson, and Tynion offer enough to get you up to speed, and issues of Metal are still regularly available at many local comic shops. If you're looking to see how the DC universe is going to look this Summer, this is the book to check out.