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Justice League #21 (Review) Not So Perfect Future

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jorge Jimenez

Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez Letterer: Tom Napolitano Publisher: DC Comics 9/10


This has been one of DC's consistently entertaining books and this arc,“The Sixth Dimension”, is shaping up to be Snyder's best arc yet. When we left our heroes last issue, they found themselves flung into a future full of peace and prosperity. Meeting future versions of themselves that had won the war against the Legion of Doom and Perpetua. As a fan of time travel and alternate dimensions I always love seeing future/alternate versions of characters. So, of course last issue you intrigued me, but this issue absolutely blew me away.

Snyder and Jimenez have shown our heroes a future in which they "won", but not everything is at it seems. We pick up with the Superman of Tomorrow having trapped Superman in some sort of pocket dimension, hidden from the rest of the League and left to die. It's here that Superman is told that he's being trapped to insure that the future isn't destroyed... by him. One can only imagine the wrath that the Superman of Tomorrow will feel when Superman eventually escapes. The story really takes a turn when we see Batman sitting with the Batman of Tomorrow(Dick Grayson). Snyder shows us a side of Batman we rarely see, happy. Dick explains to him how great the future is, but that in order to ensure it "hard choices will have to be made". While sitting there Batman is transported, along with the rest of the league, by Martian Manhunter to their psychic boardroom. It's here that we learn that there is something wrong with this future and not everything is as it seems. This is when the story ramps up and gets crazy. As Shayne, Martian Manhunter and Hawkgirl's future son, is about to help them learn the truth, the Superman of Tomorrow crashes in. Only it's not the Superman of Tomorrow..... he's the World Forger. The World Forger was a character created in METAL, who is responsible for creating new worlds, his introduction in this issue was definitely one of the more shocking revelations.

The World Forger is pissed that the League has awoken Perpetua, and has found away to prevent Luthor's plan. He tells them that in order to ensure this peaceful future they have to capture anyone that sides with "Doom". But that means stopping them before they even commit the crime. While most if the League doesn't agree, shockingly Batman agrees to it. But since it wasn't unanimous, the League, minus Batman, gets transported to Apokolips. It's here that another shocking revelation happens, Lois Lane is running the jail and claims she's the one that killed Superman.

This story is setting up something huge in JUSTICE LEAGUE as well as the DCU. Snyder's story is going at a breakneck pace. What we're seeing him do on this title has been nothing short of action packed craziness, and I love it. Jimenez and Sanchez are bringing their absolute best with each issue. Jimenez's style is fluid and energetic, perfect for this book. Sanchez's coloring is like looking through a kaleidoscope of colors and truly make this book stand out from the pack. If you're not reading this book, you're missing out. What Snyder and Co. have been doing on this title has been absolutely phenomenal. So do yourself a favor a go check out this book, you won't be disappointed. 

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