Brainiac has attacked Earth, specifically targeting the Justice League, the Titans, the Teen Titans, and the Suicide Squad. Despite defeating each team handily, Brainiac is seeking help from the heroes of Earth. The destruction of the Source Wall has released the Omega Titans, and one is targeting Brainiac’s home planet of Colu for consumption. Brainiac intends to stop that, and he is organizing the heroes and villains he’s gathered into four Justice Leagues to stop the Titans.
Justice League: No Justice #1 focuses on setting up the premise and lineup for these four bizarre Justice League lineups. Oddly enough, it reads like an Avengers story. The heroes of broken the universe in their last attempt to save it, a villain has come to help them fix it, and it involves fighting a celestial god like Galactus with specific taste preferences.
It works too. The comic is an all-around fun read with fun interactions between characters that don’t often brush up against one another. I like this oddball premise and the weird teams it creates. Entropy, Mystery, Wisdom, and Wonder seem like odd choices for the fundamental forces of a sentient society, but I pretend that there are only seven emotions while reading Green Lantern comics — so it’s forgivable.
It’s nice seeing Brainiac, Martian Manhunter, and Starro again considering how rarely these characters have shown up in books recently.
Francis Manapul provides some of his best work in this comic. I’ve always greatly enjoyed his artwork, and it’s stellar in No Justice. The softness of the lines and figures mixed with the detailing makes for a great comic book aesthetic. Hi-Fi compliments it with off-beat and softer tones that also work for the oddness of the comic’s premise.
Justice League: No Justice #1 is a great start to this short DC event. The premise is fun, the lineup is interesting, and the visuals are great. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read.
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