OK, I know this was just a side adventure and all, but…this last part was just kinda there.
Issue: Justice League #57, November 2020
Writer: Joshua Williamson
The Plot: Nightwing must rally his allies against the awakened Legion of Doom and the Omega Knight.
Commentary: Here’s the thing: this last part led right into Dark Nights: Death Metal #5, and even recreates a moment from that issue in the last few pages. This is a side adventure. It feels like one, one that isn’t really all that necessary, but I had more or less enjoyed it for the most part. That had more to do with the fact that Joshua Williamson and Xermanica used the story to do a bit of exploring around the twisted world of Dark Nights: Death Metal, and I do have something of a weakness for warped versions of established universes. This isn’t supposed to be an alternate reality. This is the Earth after Perpetua and the Batman Who Laughs did whatever it was they were going to do to the place.
The problem, then, is for this last issue, Nightwing and his not-quite-the-Justice League of Detective Chimp, J’onn J’onzz, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, and Starfire have reached their destination and all that is left is to mop up whatever was left over after freeing the Legion of Doom from their prison. Not sure where Brainiac went since he was part of it, but the problem with waking up Sinestro, Grodd, and Cheetah is they aren’t really the sort to show gratitude for some heroes letting them loose.
But that’s short-lived because the colossal, undead cosmic giant the Omega Knight is still alive. Sort of. I’m not sure it was all that alive to begin with. Even with Lex Luthor and the Legion’s help, can the Justice League stop the giant?
Um, yeah. It didn’t even look that hard. Nightwing was in his groove. Detective Chimp had beaten his depression. J’onn was back and that made Hawkgirl happy. And Luthor did calm the Legion down pretty quickly. The giant went down in like three or four pages. Then there’s some reflection and the issue ends telling the reader to go back to Death Metal for the next part.
It’s not bad, but…also not really all that cool after everything that came before it.