Continuing in the past and future Justice League cross-over with both the JSA and the Justice Legion, Justice League #33 sees the reunion of the Monitor, the World Forger and their estranged brother the Anti-Monitor, all of whom are now fighting against Perpetua, Apex Luthor and the Legion of Doom in one of the smackdowns of the year, if not the century! Or rather, centuries.
Scott Synder and James Tynion IV continue to thrill and press all the right buttons for longtime DC Comics’ fans, especially when you get to the last splash page and yet another blast from the past is revealed to the thrill of this reader, making the desire to have the next issue in my hand almost painful. It may not yet be a crisis on infinite earths, but it’s certainly feeling like a crisis in infinite timelines. And, DC is rich with such characters. We’ve already had the aforementioned super teams as well as Kamandi, now we have more fan favourites which only escalates the scale of this current reality-forming storyline further. Hell, at this point I’m even expecting Dr Manhattan to turn up and apologies for the events of Doomsday Clock, which surely has been yet another Watchmen misstep for DC Comics. Hmmm, I’m beginning to think Alan Moore’s put a hex on this franchise. It’d explain a lot!
Standing in as guest artist are Bruno Redondo and Daniel Sampere (with inks by Redondo and Juan Albarran), with both artists having enough of a similar style that it doesn’t jar whatsoever. Hats off to editorial in making this happen. Its mot always the case when working to deadlines, but on this occasion it helped for a smoother read.
For me, Hawkgirl is still one of the stand out stars of this particular story-arc, and still smarting from the seeming death of J’onn J’onzz. Like a crappy Jedi, she’s letting her emotions get the better of her and forgetting that there’s no ‘I’ in team. Will her temperamental outburst cost them dearly? Only time, and the next few issues, will tell. But, I’ll still be here, as will the many, many readers who are, quite rightly, making this a top ten hit with each issue. With the sustained quality of both the art and the storytelling – and on a gruelling fortnightly basis too, it’s no wonder why it continues to do great for DC Comics.
Justice League #33 is available now from DC Comics.