In Review: Justice League 3000 #15

Fantasy fighting in the future with famous heroes is a hell of a good time!

The cover: This cover lies and tells the truth at the same time. Wonder Woman has got one of the Demon’s hands bound and she tries to pull it down, so its flames won’t immolate her. However, Etrigan has got her hair in his left hand and she’s gone to her knees. Not helping is blast-from-the-past Fire, who’s working for the Demon. This is a fantastic image from Howard Porter and Hi-Fi, but the dialogue balloons tell a different story. Wonder Woman says, “B-but this…doesn’t the book…” The Demon responds, “Since when has that mattered,” prompting WW to say, “…G-good call.” I’ll give JL3K this, they tell the truth even when they’re lying. Terrific cover that shows nothing of what happens within. Overall grade: A+

The story: “Burning Bright” by Keith Giffen (who’s credited with making stuff up) and J.M. DeMatteis (credited with putting words in the bubbles) has the League right in the thick of a major battle. The story opens with Etrigan commanding servant Fire to attack Ice (Yes, that Ice from the classic Justice League series from the late 1980s) to end the Demon War. Meanwhile, at Ice’s castle, Wonder Woman and Teri have a conversation before the upcoming battle, with the Amazon saying she’s ready for the war. At the League’s base, Ariel and Ice are talking about the latter possibly rejoining the League, while Superman keeps getting tricked into showing his stupidity by Batman. This pair’s bickering gives Ice pause that this new incarnation of the League is similar to the team she was a part of. The battle begins and it lives up to all the hype from the previous pages. The League is great in action, with their dialogue during the fighting fun and funny. Teri took the prize this issue for having the best lines. I don’t want to spoil any of them, but readers will be laughing out loud at her banter with Wonder Woman. There is a confrontation between Fire and Ice that no one will be able to predict how it plays out. Also unpredictable is the final page which has cameos of a villainous team from an earlier issue that has finally decided to play their hand. Please tell me that individual isn’t dead! I can’t handle any more deaths on this book! An action packed read with many humorous moments. Overall grade: A

The art: I said last week that the best drawn DC super hero book is The Flash. Howard Porter has me rethinking my comments. How could anyone not swoon at the Demon on his throne surrounded by a multitude of various creatures as Fire stands before him, ready for his commands? On Page 2 she looks smug and confident as she leaves on her mission, which is a nice parallel to the nervous Teri on Page 3. Teri steals the book, getting a lot of action during the demon onslaught and showing she’s still new to her abilities. The third panel on Page 9 had me cheering, and what happens on 16 had me fretting her fate. The demon army is amazing. Readers can’t begin to count the number of creatures that come flying in for the attack. They are truly legion. And when the fighting begins, debris is flying everywhere. How on Earth can Porter keep track of every bit of stone that goes flying with the bodies? Equally impressive are his settings. Porter doesn’t hide the background behind close-ups of characters or mindless monsters; every angle of Ice’s castle is shown and it is stunning. It’s teased on Pages 3 and 6, but when its revealed on 7 it is breathtaking. I was saddened to see pieces of this building fall under the demon army. Fire and Ice’s confrontation is wonderful and that final page–EEKKK! I officially repossess my “best” adjective from The Flash. Overall grade: A+ 

The colors: The gold standard in coloring is Hi-Fi. This collective works on several books, but they really shine on Justice League 3000. The opening page has the oranges of Hell awash in the green that’s pouring off the revealed Fire, while Etrigan is the only character to keep his colors. This draws the focus to him and makes him look powerful. The demon war must have brought many tears to their offices, because there’s so much detail to color, but they pulled it off flawlessly. Take a look at Page 7 and 8–they’re beautiful! Look at the shading done on the stones that Wonder Woman sends flying–Wow! The coloring on characters’ faces must also be mentioned because it’s perfection. Check out the Demon in the third panel on Page 2 and Superman at the bottom of 4. They look incredible. Fantastic. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Rob Leigh provides scene setting, dialogue, Demon speak, opening title and credits, sounds during the battle, and yells. I loved the sounds, with KLUNKK being the stand out this month. Overall grade: A+

The final line: Fantasy fighting in the future with famous heroes is a hell of a good time! Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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