Justice League #37, published by DC Comics, is written by Scott Snyder, illustrated by Jorge Jimenez, colored by Alejandro Sanchez, and lettered by Tom Napolitano. The Justice/Doom War reaches its zenith as Batman leads the Justice Leagues of past, present, and future in a battle against Lex Luthor and his army of Apex Predators. Meanwhile, Superman and Wonder Woman gather several heroes to turn the tide in justice’s favor while a wounded Hawkgirl struggles to stay one step ahead of the Anti-Monitor and Perpetua continues her conquest of the Multiverse.
After scripting much of this story arc with his frequent collaborator James Tynion IV, Snyder takes over solo writing duties for this issue. Fortunately, he manages to keep the balance of bombastic superhero action and intimate character moments. Superman, urging his fellow heroes to put their faith in humanity, holds just as much weight as Batman, transforming the Hall of Justice into a massive spaceship. And Hawkgirl, slowly losing faith in herself, is countered by Green Lantern appearing to tell her that he won’t leave her behind. After spending so much of this story on the ropes, the League finally has a winning chance and Snyder spends the issue building up to that moment so that when it hits, it has genuine impact.
He is aided in this effort by Jimenez’s art. Jimenez has worked on Justice League before, most notably the opening arc, “The Totality” and “The Sixth Dimension.” With Justice League #37, he turns in some of the best work of his career. This issue leaps from Washington, D.C. to the edge of the universe in a blink of the eye, and there are two massive splash pages at the beginning of the issue that are eye-grabbing in every sense of the word. One features Luthor and his army of Apex Predators, the other features the various Justice Leagues charging into battle. Placed side by side, these pages act as a glorious homage to the Challenge of the Superfriends animated series.
Jimenez’s characters are also extremely distinct. Green Lantern stands tall, light shining off of him. Meanwhile, the Apex Predators are nightmarish, sharklike creatures hellbent on killing every member of the League. The standout character of the book is Perpetua. Jimenez draws her as a truly frightening figure, bone-thin, towering over words, hatred etched in her face. This image lends weight to her godlike power as she continues to destroy Earth after Earth.
Topping off the art is Sanchez on colors, and these are some of the boldest, brightest colors I’ve ever seen in a comic book. The battleground of Washington, D.C. is bathed in a sickly green as the League dukes it out with the Apex Predators. Hellish red light surrounds Perpetua as she holds a planet in her grip. And the final image not only is a combination of Jimenez and Sanchez’s artistic talents, but it’s also an image that shouts “This is the Justice League!” You have to read it to believe it.
Justice League #37 continues to redefine the limits of the comic medium, as well as serve as a reminder of why superhero stories have endured for as long as they have. With only two issues left in this run, I’m eager to see how Snyder, Jimenez, and Sanchez top it all off.
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Justice League #37
Justice League #37 continues to redefine the limits of the comic medium, as well as serve as a reminder of why superhero stories have endured for as long as they have.
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.