Justice League #22 is another outstanding Legion of Doom takeover issue and in this one the spotlight is firmly focused on Perpetua, mother of the multiverse. It’s the story of what happens when a God has feelings and one of those is fear, resulting in a chain of events that not only rewrites the history and creation of the DCU, but gives a backstory to the Source Wall, The Monitor, Anti-Monitor and new kid on the bloke, the World Forger and so much more. Not only that, but it draws the curtain back to reveal events that led to the DCU’s first crisis, the groundbreaking Crisis on Infinite Earths. All this in one issue too! James Tynion IV is on fire with this retconning of the multiverses origins and even gives further reasoning to why they keep on having so many crises. It’s all faithful to the past while adding further to the mythos.
Aiding Tynion IV in fleshing out of this fascinating past – and thereby streamlining it one more time – is the skillful, exquisite Francis Manapul who’s return to Justice League is always welcome. Pulling off such a grandiose story is no mean feat, yet Manapul’s mastery of the page and each and every panel does it in spades. Its simply dynamic and vibrant to look at with energy fizzing off each page. Working his magic as letterer is Tom Napolitano who has rather a lot of dialogue to choreograph deftly around Manapul’s art. After all, we’re talking about a complete rewrite of the origins of the DCU in just 22 pages.
It’s still remarkable that each and every issue of this series seems has something new and exciting to offer fans. It’s clear that we live in an age where the fans of 80’s and 90’s comics which they – and I – grew up with are now being explored and returned to in new and exciting ways that writers such as James Tynion IV and Scott Snyder pluck inspiration from with love, affection and respect. And in doing so, alongside some of the greatest DC artists of this moment, enrich the DC Comics universe now and for years to come, as they carve out their own legacy for the next generation of creators to be inspired by in the same way.
Oh, and Bat-Mite finally made his appearance too. But, you’ll have to wait until the next pulse-pounding issue in a fortnight’s time to see how that goes down. Imp vs Imp in the fight of the century!?
Justice League #22 is available now from DC Comics.