The big ‘Trinity War’ storyline kicks off, and, much to my surprise, this was my favourite issue of Justice League in a while. Well, I liked the last issue too, but that was an all-Shazam affair, this was my favourite issue of Justice League that was actually about the Justice League in a while. I’ve been complaining about both this title and JLoA spinning their wheels about getting to the big fight between the two teams, but now it’s here, and it’s actually pretty awesome.
The catalyst for this story comes from Shazam, who decides to pay his respects to Black Adam by taking his ashes to Kahndaq. As we know, outsiders are banned from Kahndaq, so the Justice League go to stop him. And then the Justice League Of America go to stop them. It’s all a big clusterfuck, and it gets even worse when Superman kills Doctor Light. Yes, you heard me right, Superman kills Doctor Light. It’s a pretty shocking moment, and I was looking forward to all sorts of fury on the Internet about it, especially since so many people argued that Superman should never kill after Man Of Steel. But unfortunately, it looks like things are not as they seem. The mysterious Outsider has manipulated events here, and I’m betting that this crossover is just there to lead into another one, Forever Evil. It’s a bit exhausting, but this was actually a good issue, so if Johns can keep that up, I’m fine.
I’m very excited to see the various Justice Leagues go up against each other, and to see how Justice League Dark are involved, because other than Madam Xanadu, they don’t appear. I did like that framing sequence with Xanadu, and the twist at the very end was great. I do think it’s interesting that ‘Trinity War’ is not about the traditional DC Trinity of Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman, but actually about Pandora, Phantom Stranger and The Question, but I find it hard to care about these characters, that scene where Pandora appears was just nonsensical. Is it worth reading her solo series? I doubt it. I did like seeing The Question though, I have problems with his new immortal cosmic nature, but he’s just such a cool character.
Ivan Reis’ art here was fantastic, his slick style is perfect for big epic superhero stories, and everything here looked fantastic, I particularly loved the fight between Superman and Shazam. It’s always awesome when those two fight (like Kingdom Come or that one episode of JLU) and Reis made it look awesome. So yeah, this was your typical Johns event-mode book, but I kind of like that mode, it’s certainly better than non-event-mode Justice League.