December 2, 2022

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Noteworthy Issues: Justice League #56 (November, 2020)

The Justice League heroes rally to save the Legion of Doom.

Well, this side story about a group of random Justice League survivors going off to rescue the Legion of Doom has been going pretty well.  Maybe because writer Joshua Williamson, unlike Scott Snyder, remembers that the good guys need to be challenged but can’t look outclassed at all times.

Issue:  Justice League #56, November 2020

Writer:  Joshua Williamson

Artists:  Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques

The Plot:  All that stands between Nightwing’s group and the captured Legion of Doom are the undead space giant the Omega Knight and a Martian-powered Dark Multiverse version of Batman.

Commentary:  In all seriousness, it should be just about impossible for a Justice League team made up of Hawkgirl, Nightwing, Cyborg, Starfire, and Detective Chimp to defeat a Batman that already defeated the Martian Manhunter and a towered, cosmic-powered sort of dead monster that was designed to hold multiverse-level powered beings in containment.

However, the story really works because Williamson does it based more on character than power.  Yes, the previous issue showed the Omega Knight releasing an energy blast that seemed to decimate all the heroes save the depressed Chimp, who stayed behind, and Hawkgirl, who was privately confronting the Mindhunter Batman.  Naturally, the heroes can’t be dead, but it still seems unlikely that they can defeat opponents like the Omega Knight and the Mindhunter.

And yet…they do.  It comes from two sources.  The first is Hawkgirl totally owning the Mindhunter with a minor assist from J’onn J’onzz.  The second is Detective Chimp deciding he doesn’t want to see more friends die, coming out of his funk and going to the rescue, realizing something about the robotic horse Nightwing was using that was a loaner from Wonder Woman that Nightwing, a great detective in his own right, somehow failed to notice.  It’s a pair of rousing encounters as Hawkgirl clobbers an evil Batman in ways that Scott Snyder can’t seem to let his heroes pull off and Detective Chimp comes up with a plan to free the captured Legion while getting around the Omega Knight.  Yeah, there’s one part left to this story and there were a couple hitches in the end, but this side story in the Death Metal universe has been rather enjoyable, all told.

Grade:  B

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