JUSTICE LEAGUE #39
Writer: Scott Snyder
Artists: Jorge Jimenez (pg. 1-11), Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran (pg. 12-21)
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchea & Hi-Fi
Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Well its finally here, the conclusion to Scott Snyder's epic JUSTICE LEAGUE run. A story almost 3 years in the making concludes with the final battle between Justice and Doom. With all hope seemingly lost, Martian Manhunter comes back in the battles final hour, butbwas he enough to save the Multiverse from Perpetua? Was the League able to overcome her influence on the world?
Martian Manhunter has always been considered the "heart" of the League, so it was very fitting to have him come at the last minute, in Hope's of finally defeating Luthor and Perpetua. With one final ditch effort he once again connects every mind on the pal et in Hope's of bring everyone back to the side of Justice. Snyder wrote perhaps one of the best speeches ever spoken from a hero. Elevating Martian Manhunter, in away that has not been done since Morrison wrote him. It makes me wonder why such an integral character always get relegated to the background
With Peprpetua seemingly captured and every mind on the planet connected, it seems as if the League has won. But the unexpected happens, Perpetua wins and Doom prevails. Thus initiatng the end of this "story" and leaving Perpetua able to start a new one, without the Justice League
As Martian Manhunter reforms in this "new" universe, it seems as if he's alone, but is greeted by his teammates. They all exist outside of this new universe, at least that's what it seems like. The crazy part is who saved them, The Quintessence. Comprised of some of the most powerful beings in existence (Highfather, Phantom Stranger, Ganthet, Hera, Spectre and Shazam), they tell our heroes that they were never meant to win. It was a literal WTF moment, I mean the heroes always win.
But Snyder has other plans and it's made evident in the ending. We learn that every story matters/counts and watch the League head off I to a bright light. What this means going forward, is anyone's guess. While this probably leads into the sequel for METAL, it also raises so many questions about the entire DCU moving forward, I mean you've all heard those 5G rumors right?
While my first reaction to the ending was a feeling of confusion, after sitting with it for a day, I realized it's actually a really interesting way to go out. Snyder has created one of my favorite Justice League runs in years and I'm looking forward to doing a re-read now that it's done.
I can't forget the amazing art in this book, while many artist have graced these e pages over the last couple years, it was Jorge Jomenez and Alejandro Sanches that stood out of the pack. The sheer scope of this story was brought to life through their amazing artistic skills and in this final issue were joined by the amazing art of Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran.
Every aspect of this issue was done flawlessly, my only wish is that this run could have lasted longer. The future of the League is left ambiguously and maybe that's a good thing. Hopefully the next team can deliver something as great as this was, but we'll have to wait and see.