Justice League #5 Review
• Doug Mahnke & Jaime Mendoza (Cover Artists)
• DC Comics (Publisher)
I haven't been giving the latest run of Justice League the attention it deserves and I promise to get better going forward. It's been great so far and I figured I'd start at the point where the plot came into focus.
Justice League #5 gives us the origin of this incarnation of the Legion of Doom. After traveling 1,000,000 years into the future Lex discovers that he was correct in his core belief of self-reliance. His stance inspires humanity to stop depending on superheroes and eventually conquer the universe.
Taking this knowledge back to the present Luthor doubles down on his efforts in an attempt to see the fruits of his labors in his own lifetime.
As an origin story, this issue is great. It's always fun to get the story from the antagonist's perspective. The scale of the story is appropriately epic in scope. It's cool to see the Legion of Doom setup as a counter to the Justice League as opposed just being evil for evil's sake.
The art direction from Doug, Jaime and Wil is top notch. They manage to render deep space, 1000000 AD, and the incidental scenes on earth with the weight needed to get the point of the issue across. Lex Luthor is about to take over the universe and we're all F*^ked. There is a synergy with this creative team that simply doesn't get enough attention in modern titles.
My only knock to the issue is that when the overarching plot comes back into focus its continuity heavy and may put off new readers. Every comic is someone's first and in this issue it references Justice League: No Justice as well as the 4 previous issues. I have them all so it doesn't bother me but if you're a new reader it may be a bit much to keep track of.