Review: It’s The Eve Of Battle In Justice League #36 By Snyder, Manapul And DC Comics

by Olly MacNamee

Justice League #36 launches the final storyline form writer Scott Snyder, who writes this one solo after a long collaboration with James Tynion IV. As a first chapter to the gargantuan no-holds-barred grand finale of Snyder’s epic run on this title, it certainly sets the appropriate tone.

The issue opens up on a somber, reflective scene of the Trinity; Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman who come together for one final quiet moment together before delivering a speech to rally the troops. These three icons together, talking as the friends they are, adds a certain gravitas that, for me, doesn’t dissipate throughout the rest of the issue.

It’s a book that depicts the eve of battle; the last great push. The Justice League come off as the Rebel Alliance, with Perpetua and Luthor’s Evil Empire at their strongest. This is Snyder’s Return of the Jedi, but with out Ewoks, mercifully. There is a real sense of weigh and doom about it all. 

The Legion of Doom, like the cat that’s got the cream, gloat over their newfound glory, but it’s all too brief a sensation. Never make a deal with the Devil, is all I’ll say. You need to see this one for yourselves.

All this and a kick-ass ending that will have you both agog and smiling with fanboy glee at the sheer kahunas on Snyder for attempting such a bravado showdown. The ante is certainly upped. Game on.

As ever, it’s always a delight to see Francis Manapul and his art is always a great fit with the story he depicts here and the many, many DC characters he has to include. But never does it feel overcrowded, and his economy of line in his art really helps it land with readers and keeps everything crisp, clear and a joy to look at. Howard Porter on back-up is a great addition too. Another top talent. A different style, but it sat well within the middle of the issue as it focussed on separate scenes to the main plot. Of course the consistency of the colors, by Hi-Fi, helped maintain that too. And, twith that much dialogue to contend with, a special hat’s off must go to letterer Tom Napolitano.

It’ll be sad to see Synder leave a title he has really made his own. For me, this run will join the ranks of the greats, which is not surprising as it also reads as a DC Comics ‘Top Hits’ with a saga grounded in DCU lore; infinite earths, time travel, multi-dimensions, crises wherever you look, it’s got it all. It’s a love letter of sorts from Snyder, and something I have really been able to relate too, given the references he includes are the same we both grew up reading.

Justice League #36 is available now from DC Comics

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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