It’s another ride round the multiverse with ‘Justice League Incarnate’ #1, and one that lands on a marvellously familiar world.
I won’t be the first, or the last, person to make mention of the Thanos analogy – Tartarus – going on in Justice League Incarnate #1, so I’ll just throw it out there straight away and get it over and done with. Like other parodies put out by both DC Comics and Marvel, this one is more than a little bit satirical but done in good fun from writer Joshua Williamson who continues on his multi-series exploration of the new multiverse. You don’t have to have read Infinite Frontiers to enjoy this new series, but it helps. If only for the establishment of the world’s finest duo of Batman (aka Thomas Wayne) and Superman (aka President Calvin Ellis). Two heroes on a recruitment drive for the Justice League Incarnate and the latest crisis bubbling up in the DCU. This time, as in other times, it’s Darkseid and “his nutty family,” as Earth 41’s familiar looking Dino-Cop puts it.
Soon the team are on the trail of the missing Barry Allen giving Williamson all the contrivance he needs to whisk the collected heroes across the multiverse be more time and land on the Marvel analogous Earth-8. Ironically a world sick of being attacked by multiverses forces one too many times when Marvel have in recent years embraced this concept. A concept I have always associated more with DC Comics. Oh, and we also get the debut of Doctor Multiverse too, who looks like a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes stylistically.
Providing the artwork for this issue are a Brandon Peterson, Andrei Bressan and Tom Derenick. Although bets of luck to Bressan and Derenick having to follow Peterson’s lead. Although, as a combined effort the styles of each artists contributions do well to match up. It’s not as jarring a reading experience as you may think, with Derrick clearly at home providing the more cramped action sequences later in the book that, I imagine, the more labour intensive artwork of Peterson has trouble keeping up with.
What this new series seems to be promising is more use of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World pantheon, as well as further romps on various planets in the multiverse as Justice League Incarnate try to follow this ultimate Darkseid incarnation as well as look for Barry Allen. And that’s good enough an excuse for me if it means more adventures on parallel Earths. And more Captain Carrot. Who must surely ask DC’s newest hero, before the seres is up, “What’s up, Doc?”
Justice League Incarnate #1 is out now from DC Comics