Comic Review: Justice League #23 (DC Comics)

Due to opposing the World Forger, The Justice League are held captive in future Apokolips, stuck in cells amongst all of their greatest villains, with Lois Lane as their gatekeeper. […]

Due to opposing the World Forger, The Justice League are held captive in future Apokolips, stuck in cells amongst all of their greatest villains, with Lois Lane as their gatekeeper.

Batman makes his decision to side with the World Forger, and as the Justice League are imprisoned, Prime Earth is in the midst of chaos as Bat-mite, Mera and Starman face off against Mxyzptlk in order to save reality. Meanwhile, stranded and isolated within the dark dimension that he is imprisoned in, Superman makes a final attempt to break free from his entanglement to save his friends.

Can the Justice League escape Future Apokolips in time? Can Superman make it in time to save the Justice League? Will Batman betray the rest of the league for his own pursuits of the greater good? Will prime earth’s reality disintegrate from existence?

Just when readers think that they could possibly skip an issue, Snyder and Jimenez make it imperative enough for readers to tune in. In some cases, one could see a new Justice League animated series being made based on Snyder’s run due to the various new concepts that have been implemented within this series. The way Snyder and Jimenez have plotted out this issue, and the entire sixth dimension arc has convinced me that this could have been an episode of Justice League Unlimited. It goes to show how good the writing is in this issue. There are twist and turns that are full of great moments. Moments that continue to captivate you enough to pursue the story until the final pages of the issue and man are those final pages mind-blowing!

The dialogue is great, the character interactions with some of the migrants of Future Apokolips is fantastic (which leaves readers wanting to see more of the sixth dimension), and the unexpected reveals just makes this book worth a read in each installment. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe how streamlined every issue and arc has been since it was a bit of a rocky first start, but once Snyder and company got the ball rolling, it really picked up and became an issue by issue event that keeps you on your toes.

Jorge Jimenez’s artwork is fantastic in this issue! There is something to be said about Jimenez as an illustrator, which is he is able to bring new life to classic characters in a way that is unique. He has already established his stamp as a fantastic illustrator, but with each issue of Justice League, he continues to prove why he is good at what he does. Each panel is crafted with energy that automatically engages with the reader’s eyes, making you the reader want to see what else he renders next. Jimenez’s work, coupled with Alejandro Sanchez’s vibrant colors and Napolitano’s carefully placed lettering makes this a blockbuster issue. This is a series that is not worth missing out, as each installment leads to something more potent in scale and in narrative. Make sure to add this to your pull list for new comic book day because this is one series you don’t want to miss out on at all!

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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