Justice League #35 Review: Cockroaches Really Are the Worst

Justice League #35
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Writer: Christopher Priest, Artist: Pete Woods, Letters: Willie Schu, Cover by: Pete Woods, Variant Cover by: Nick Bradshaw and Alex Sinclair, Editor: Brian Cunningham, Associate Editor: Rebecca Taylor, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Wonder Woman is dealing with the fallout of the nun’s death from the last issue of Justice League. On the Watchtower, a mysterious alien arrives and walks in on Green Lantern Jessica Cruz… on the toilet. Naturally, she reacts with hostility, but he is actually on a mission to help the Justice League. An alien insect is on Earth, and it has capabilities which could be disastrous for the planet.

Justice League #35 cover by Pete Woods
Justice League #35 cover by Pete Woods

So yeah, can’t say I was expecting Jessica Cruz on the toilet being a significant plot point, but here we are. It was a really funny scene, though.

Also, yes, this came out last week, but cut me some slack. Christmas pushed back my schedule somewhat.

Anyway, literal toilet humor aside, Christopher Priest lays out the plot of this comic in an interesting manner. While the fallout of last issue’s failure is constantly in the forefront of everyone’s mind, the comic itself still deals with a different threat. It’s actually quite clever storytelling, because it is a natural means of showing how busy the Justice League is in their mission to protect the world while organically showing time passing.

Admittedly, this can feel like the comic is trying to pass the buck on dealing with the nun’s murder, but the fact that never completely fades to the background helps you know that it’s always there. The fallout from it could arrive at any moment. In this case, at the end as a cliffhanger. That was kind of predictable.

Priest is showing himself quite adept at balancing the League’s personalities. It does waver into stereotype territory a little here. The Flash is constantly spouting off chemistry. Green Lantern Simon Baz comes off as the jock telling him to speak “English.” Jessica Cruz comes dangerously close to the “fiery Latina” caricature with her yelling at the alien intruder in Spanish and being made to look like she was overreacting due to the intruder being on a peaceful visit.

That being said, Wonder Woman and Batman are done some — well, justice — in their depictions in this comic. And Priest still has time to establish who the Flash, Simon, Jessica, and the others are in his Justice League.

Justice League #35 art by Pete Woods
Justice League #35 art by Pete Woods

Pete Woods’s art and color remains solid in this comic. He has a flowing style that still lends itself to a lot of detail and expression. The colors are bright and lively enough to keep your eyes attracted to each page. He is definitely an appreciated presence in this comic.

The above-mentioned flaws aside, Justice League #35 is a fun continuation to last issue’s heavier narrative. While the fallout of last issue is present and yet to intensify, this issue is a slightly more lighthearted disruption in what will likely put a rift in the League. This issue comes recommended, and you should give it a read.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.