Comic Review: Justice League #22 (DC Comics)

While the Justice League is missing in action within the 6th dimension, only Mera, Jarro and Starman remain as the only protectors of earth! Mxyzptlk is unfolding the very fabric […]

While the Justice League is missing in action within the 6th dimension, only Mera, Jarro and Starman remain as the only protectors of earth!

Mxyzptlk is unfolding the very fabric of reality! WHo could stop him and save the earth!? Maybe Justice isn’t what the earth needs, maybe the earth needs saving at the hands of…The Legion of Doom!

Just when readers had a handle on the current state of events, Tynion enters the fray by lending just as much surprises as his co-writer Snyder has. In the last issue, readers discovered that the Superman of the 6th-dimensional future was actually not a Superman, but a guise for one of Perpetua’s children known as Alpheus, protector of the Dark Multiverse. This revelation left both readers and the Justice League in an interesting place, so it was only right that Tynion would continue to stir the pot by showcasing the hidden truth about Perpetua, the Totality and the origins of the Multiverse in a fashion that hasn’t been seen before. Now I know that some readers might be wondering, if we already have a Monitor, an Anti Monitor and an overseer of the Dark Multiverse, then what is the point of Perpetua? If she is more powerful than them, hasn’t she already served their purpose?

Tynion raises some good questions and expertly answers why Perpetua exists, and what her true end goal is. What unfolds is a sight to see for many readers, but the magic of this issue is how well Tynion is able to showcase Perpetua and her relationship with the monitors and the multiverses themselves in a seamless manner that feels organic to the mythos of the DC Universe. There are some fun set pieces that Tynion displays in between the present and flashbacks, as Mera, Jarro, and Starman try to repel the Mutated Mxyzptlk, which provides for great comedic relief and action in contrast to the large scale proportions that Tynion showcases in relation to Perpetua’s origins.

Francis Manapul’s artwork looks the best its ever been, and could arguably be some of the best work in his entire career. There are some fantastic interiors, especially the flashback scenes which look cinematic and grand, complimenting Tynion’s writing. And with the lettering of Tom Napolitano, everything feels like it is placed exactly as they should be, making this an enjoyable entry to read. This another solid installment that has yet to fail expectations, and should not be missed. Add this to your pull list for new comic book day, It is definitely worth your while!

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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