In last week’s Justice League #31 Luthor and Perpetua continue to plot and scheme, and continue to be winning. Especially with the Year of the Villain swelling their ranks in the present while the two time-travelling teams – one sent to the past, t’other to the future – slowly come to terms with the new faces they are meeting. And, while all around there is plenty of tension, there’s also fun to be had to with huge winks to us, the reader. In the past, The Flash and Green Lantern have meet the Justice Society of America, even if no-one remembers them, and after some deliberating on both sides, they set up the first ever Justice League/JSA team-up. Pity it may not last that long when they head to Hawaii only to be confronted with a very particularly important date in WWII history, and a real worry that Luthor’s Legion of Doom has meddled with history.
Once again, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV show they are skilled storytellers, with plenty of feel-good moments for long-term DC fans, such as The Flash and Green Lantern meeting up with the JSA, as well as the return of other heroes, from the future (no, not THEM!) like well placed jokes often coming from the mouth of Batman, who once again gets all the best lines to show that he does have a lighter side, such as when Kamandi is amazed at Superman taking down a troop of of Brainaic robots, only for Batman to mumble that he would have done it in a far “cooler’ way. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, you can’t help but raise a smile. Which is important with all the drama and doom going on across hypertime. I just never expected Batman to be the guy with all the gags! Hell, even hypertime (always something of a step too far for me when it was originally introduced, I’m afraid) is used sensibly, giving the JSA a reason for existing in the past, while all around in our present, no-one remembers them.
The more I read this particular run the more it feels like a collection of DC Comics greatest hits, but remixed by a master DJ. Snyder and Tynion IV, along with the ever-sensational Jorge Jimenez, who simply makes every page fizz with excitement, entertainment, and energy, are effectively mining the comics they – and myself – grew up with and enjoyed so much during the eighties and nineties. Plucking the best bits and bringing them up to date. Hypertime, Crisis on Infinite Earths and The Monitor, Kamandi and the Great Disaster, and so much more; as you’ll see by the end of this key issue. By the end of this issue I was almost hoping for the All-Star Squadron to make a special appearance. But, you can’t have it all can you? Although, y’know, if your reading this fellas, there’s always room for more WWII superhero shocks!
Justice League #31 is out now from DC Comics.