Friday, August 8, 2014

Justice League Beyond: In Gods We Trust TPB

Wow. The real Justice League was hiding here the whole time!

I know it isn’t the “real” pre-52 Justice League, but at this point, getting the further, continuing adventures of the Bruce Timm-style JLU is perfectly fine with me.

Jumping years into the future, the roster of the League has gone through some changes. Superman is still around, along with Martian Manhunter, Shazam, Mary Marvel, Starfire, Barda, and Mr. Miracle. The next generation is represented by a new GL, Steelhawk, a new Atom, a new Kid Flash, and Batman Beyond. The dynamic works surprisingly well. It doesn’t hurt that all those senior heroes act the way I’d hope and expect them to. It’s been a long time since I saw some of these characters.

This is a tremendously dense comic. I think it was released as digital chapters first, and man, people spending 99 cents for a few pages certainly got their money’s worth. This is a collection of origins, so there are a lot of backstories to get through, but Derek Fridolfs and JT Krul pack this thing with words. It’s been a long time since I read a book with so many caption boxes!

Other than the classic heroes and pleasing origin stories, the collection also has an entertaining story featuring the repercussion of Superman’s social engineering when he rescued an alien world years ago. The alien sides are visually exciting and have different enough outlooks and attitudes to make it fairly easy to root for one side over the other. Best of all, the entire Justice League gets to come riding in to help resolve the story. At this point, any Martian Manhunter is better than none!

Howard Porter handles a lot of the art in the Superman portion of the book, so that looks the most like “classic” super-hero comics to me. Dustin Nguyen handles a bunch of the origin stories, and his chapters look nice and “animated DCU” also. I’m not sure if I love the redesigns on Martian Manhunter and Superman, but Barda is still rocking her classic look, and the new characters’ costumes are all well done.

I never would have guessed it, but my favorite Justice League book in quite some time is actually based on a cartoon. This comic is GOOD. 

More please! 

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