Justice League #34, published by DC Comics, is written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, illustrated by Bruno Redondo and Howard Porter, colored by Hi-Fi, and lettered by Tom Napolitano. As the Justice League and the Legion of Doom battle throughout time to retrieve the pieces of the Totality, Kamandi enlists the help of several allies from across Hypertime. Flash, Green Lantern and the Justice Society enter into an uneasy alliance with Lex Luthor. Meanwhile, the Justice/Doom War takes a turn for the worse when Hawkgirl decides to exact her vengeance on Lex Luthor.
The main highlight of this book remains Snyder and Tynion’s writing; the two are a well-oiled machine at this point. They continue to push the boundaries of the medium by utilizing fan-favorite characters in new ways and making the villains just as competent and compelling as the heroes. The Legion of Doom members in the past have enlisted the help of a literal God, and a sequence set in the future sees multiple members of Justice Leagues from different timelines uniting to combat Brainiac One Million. Eagle-eyed fans will definitely want to keep their eyes peeled for appearances from beloved DC series like Kingdom Come and Batman Beyond. And as I mentioned in the last issue, the Ultra-Monitor, aka the fusion of the Monitor, Anti-Monitor, and World Forger, is an amazing concept that only these two writers could have dreamed up.
But for all the crazy concepts that are introduced, Snyder and Tynion understand that the reason readers keep coming back is the emotional investment they have toward these characters. And with the ending this issue presents, it not only gives readers a reason to pick up the next issue, but it also will make them genuinely fear for the heroes as they are backed into a tight corner, with no way out. Which is exactly what good stories are made of.
Redondo and Porter handle art duties, with the former illustrating the time travel parts of the issue and the latter handling the present-day action. Both artists are no stranger to the League, having drawn them in action in Injustice and Justice League of America respectively, and they get a chance to flex their artistic muscles. Redondo, in particular, shines when drawing the multiple Justice Leagues charging into action, it’s an awe-inspiring sequence. Meanwhile, Porter showcases Perpetua as a horrifying figure, as he draws literally towering over the League and crushing a hero in her hand. While both of these men turn in great work, the switch from artist to artist feels jarring for this story arc. I would have preferred it if one single artist did the entirety of said arc or if they had stuck with this approach from the beginning.
Justice League #34 raises the stakes in every imaginable way, ending with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that leaves our heroes in a dark place. I cannot wait to see how the Justice/Doom War concludes next issue, especially since Perpetua is at her full might.
Justice League #34 is available wherever comics are sold.
Justice League #34
Justice League #34 raises the stakes in every imaginable way, ending with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger that leaves our heroes in a dark place.
Collier “CJ” Jennings is a freelance reporter and film critic living in Seattle. He uses his love of comics and film/TV to craft reviews and essays on genre projects. He is also a host on Into the Spider-Cast.