Justice League #4 Review: Upping the Stakes Even Further

Posted by July 19, 2018 Comment

Justice League #4
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Writer: Scott Snyder, Artist: Jorge Jimenez, Color Artist: Alejandro Sanchez, Letters: Tom Napolitano, Cover by: Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez, Variant Cover by: Jim Lee, Sandra Hope, and Laura Martin, Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino, Editor: Rebecca Taylor, Group Editor: Marie Javins, Superman created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, By special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

We are given a glimpse of Gorilla Grodd’s childhood as Joker and Lex Luthor make their move on Hawkgirl and Batman respectively. With Kendra and Bruce out of the way, Joker and Luthor will be able to take over the bodies of Martian Manhunter and Superman. Sinestro easily overtakes Green Lantern John Stewart and Cyborg. Gorilla Grodd, Cheetah, and Black Manta ambush Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman.

Justice League #4 cover by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez
Justice League #4 cover by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Things continue to spiral out of control for the Justice League in this issue. The Legion of Doom has the upper hand, and we have something of a thematic through-line from Dark Nights: Metal and Justice League: No Justice. Our beloved heroes are put in some of the most extreme no-win situations imaginable and brought to a lowest imaginable point.

Obviously, they will find their way out, but it is almost impressive how Scott Snyder finds another cosmic, satanic, or otherwise apocalyptic frontier to throw at the Justice League while still surprising me. The imagination on display here is truly something else.

I’m still left wondering what the secret at the heart of the Totality is. Having time to give the Leaguers their own little character moments throughout it appreciated. Also, this new nihilistic Lex Luthor is engaging as all hell. Plus, Grodd’s flashback is impressively macabre.

Justice League #4 art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez
Justice League #4 art by Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez

Jorge Jimenez really has a handle on the book in this issue. His style is still distinct, fluid, and expressive, but there aren’t any major moments where the characters look outright off aside from an especially sinister Superman at one point—but even that is called for. Alejandro Sanchez provides truly vibrant and beautiful color work throughout the issue, and it coincides with Jimenez’s somewhat off-beat style well.

Justice League #4 is another astounding issue from Snyder’s new run with the team. The energy, imagination, and even fun present in this dark cosmic ride is abundant, and I can easily recommend it. Give this book a read.

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(Last Updated July 19, 2018 4:48 am )

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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.

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