The dark tour through the work of Death Metal continues, and all to rescue some supervillains…
Issue: Justice League #55, October 2020
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artists: Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques
The Plot: Only Lex Luthor may be able to guide Nightwing and the others past the Mindhunter and the Omega Knight, Too bad they can’t trust him.
Commentary: Honestly, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot happening here. Yes, the Starro problem left over from the previous issue is still there, showing what most traumatizes each of the members of Nightwing’s group, but that didn’t seem to feel like anything I haven’t seen before. When it’s over, Starfire is determined to fight, Hawkgirl wants to go off and find J’onn immediately, and Detective Chimp is incredibly depressed over everything if not borderline suicidal.
And yet, I am enjoying this side journey. It mostly has to do with the fact the whole thing is more of a travelogue into a massively messed up world. Lex Luthor knows his way around, but the heroes naturally can’t trust him. Whatever advice he offers, they seem determined to do their own thing, particularly Hawkgirl. Going after J’onn is a trap. The Dark Multiverse Batman with Martian powers is over there. It isn’t even much of a surprise how the issue ends knowing that. But this is a messed up world, and I have to admit, I love visiting messed up worlds like this once in a while.
I mean, Luthor says they need to take a ship to their destination, but their boat seems to be made up of the Metal Men. And they don’t look very alive right now.
So, some character work, some heroes who aren’t feeling all that hopeful, and a giant monster of a cosmic being at the end of the road that seems impossible to sneak past when only two of the five heroes present have anything like particularly impressive superpowers.
So yeah, this storyarc has been more fun than it probably should be considering what it is.