Justice League 3000 #1 Review
By: Rob Neil Gruszecki
Early in the 31st century the slums of mankind have poisoned the streets and polluted the cities to a broken and defeated state. After invasion of the mysterious ‘five’, the commonwealth of humanity finds itself overthrown and toppled, in dire need of rescue. Enter the Justice League 3000 project, an attempt to revive the original Justice League of our time using DNA samples of Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman. Unfortunately, without the guiding hands of the Kent Family, or the tragedy of the Wayne’s murder and the events that shaped the heroes of our age, these new versions find themselves reckless, petulant, excessive and at odds that could shake the foundation of the Project and the Twins who are responsible for it. The Justice League of the 31st century have a grave threat coming their way but are too busy trying to work together as a cohesive team and as a result may fall apart before their time comes.
Bringing together JM Dematteis and Keith Giffen, the team that created the Justice League International in the late 80’s, and the great Howard Porter from JLA fame, Justice League 3000 is a fun and exciting glimpse into the future of the DC universe and the constant struggle that exists when big egos clash on a platform of gods. The series is predicated on the interesting concept of creating and harnessing gods, making for a layered comment on human nature and the value in organic and random growth that machines can never match.
JM Dematteis and Keith Giffen have consistently made quality comics over the years together including the more recent Larfleeze for the New 52. They bring their wit and charm to the pages of this sci-fi adventure with familiar cowls beings worn by unfamiliar personalities, producing a light-hearted but engrossing story. The world and setting is dark and desolate yet imaginative and unique, giving this newly initiated super team a brand new stage to fight on in the DC universe. The voices wearing the sigils of Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the League are all skewed versions of their relatives and are significantly developed in this welcomingly dense read and it is great getting to see these new versions of old characters we know so well.
Howard Porter’s style has changed quite significantly over the years but still has the same level of talent and ingenuity poured into each panel. His designs of these new heroes are twisted and warped and their action sequences in the pages are explosive. He manages to present a colourful and electric planet that still shows signs of downfall and want for repair. His involvement in the book is a great style that really brings to life this crazy dystopian world.
Justice League 3000 from JM Dematteis, Keith Giffen and Howard Porter is a solid read and a good start to the new ongoing from DC’s New 52 line.
Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician, podcaster and Wednesday Warrior
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