Four Colour Thoughts – Justice League: No Justice #1

The Creators – Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV – Writer, Francis Manapul – Artist, Hi-Fi – Colours, AndWorld Design – Letters

The Players – Justice League, Titans, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad, Brainiac, numerous villains

The Story – Braniac has come to Earth and essentially kidnapped/coerced/convinced a number of heroes to go with him back to his home planet which is being eaten by one of four giant titans. He needs their help as well as that of a number of Earth’s greatest villains to put a stop to them before they eat not only his planet, but the rest of the universe as well.

The Take – After Metal, there was only one thing for Scott Snyder to do and that was to go bigger which he does here in the first issue of No Justice, bringing along Joshua Williamson and James Tynion IV to aid in the task. The big difference between the two events finds this one a little clearer cut than the former. It was almost as if Metal had too much going on while this one is fairly straightforward and wastes no time getting into the thick of it. The story is one that has been seen before, with the bad guy needing a little help to defeat something far more powerful than he is and calling a truce between himself and the hero or heroes, but here, the creators of this book take it and up the ante, for the fate of the universe no less and the fact that Braniac – said bad guy in this picture, was able to convince both heroes and villains alike to join together, is no small feat. Every hero that one could imagine is in this first issue, a veritable who’s who of the DC Universe and by including Lex Luthor, Sinestro and more of those who normally oppose them, makes for a very interesting dynamic. More intriguing than anything is the interference of Amanda Waller, perhaps the most dastardly big bad to ever rear their head and the fact that she has now interfered and perhaps caused the failure of the Justice League’s mission could very well mean the end of all there is. Artistically, the book could not look any better, Francis Manapul outdoing himself and producing the best work of his life. It takes the reader’s breath away, the sheer boldness of it all and Manapul helps to make it feel as important as Snyder, Tynion IV and Williamson want it to be. What makes it all a little bit funny is just how similar it is to Marvel’s Avengers relaunch, another story that features giant aliens looking to destroy. Despite any similarities, the two stories are different enough in execution that both are extremely entertaining and by the end of this book, waiting for the next issue will be extremely hard.

Worth It? – Absolutely.

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  1. Although I didn’t read Metal I thought I’d check out JL No Justice #1, and was glad to find it very intriguing indeed. I’ve never tended to read Justice League regularly tbh, only the odd issue here and there, but with Snyder on board this got me interested. Great art as well. I agree. Was a bit surprising to see how similar some aspects were to Marvel’s Avengers #1 relaunch – also featuring giant alien god-like menaces.

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      • Sounds like a good idea, some storylines are better enjoyed in a complete TPP format. I will check out the next issue of JL No Justice to see how it goes, not sure it’ll make me a regular reader of Justice League though.

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