Review Justice League #37: Last Stand in Space
Justice League #37 Scott Snyder, Writer; Jorge Jimenez, Artist; Alejandro Sanchez, Colorist
Ray: With three issues till the end, Scott Snyders Justice League continues in Justice League #37 to deliver the best widescreen action from a mainstream comic in some time.
When we last left off, Lex Luthor and his army were marching on Justice League headquarters just in time for Batman to reveal his secret last-ditch plan to survive by turning the Hall into a mobile helicarrier. After a great one-liner from Jarro (everyones second-favorite baby version of a legendary alien at the moment), were treated to some stunning splash pages from Jorge Jimenez showing off the entire cast in action. As the Justice League tries to break Luthors hold over the world in more ways than one, Hawkgirl and Shayne are still stranded in space with Hawkgirl bleeding out and the Anti-Monitor bearing down on them. While Anti-Monitor has always been more of a plot device than a compelling villain to my eye, the intimate tension of these scenes is excellent. Two characters we care about, a collapsing spaceship, and a powerful cosmic evil.
The best part of Snyders run has been the way hes able to find the human moments in cosmic battles, and one of the best examples is the World Forgers storyarc. This character came in as a massively powerful villain who fooled the League with a false future. But hes actually the survivor of an abusive family, and his complex relationship with his brothers and his insane mother has given this run some interesting pathos. He gets a huge moment in Justice League #37 that may or may not be his last and sets up an epic final showdown.
One thing that stands out is that Mgann is getting a larger role in this run, to the point of possibly taking her Uncles place on the A-team. Im not sure if Jonn is staying dead after this run it would be the second time in a decade, and not a great move while his all-time best story is ongoing but more Miss Martian is always welcome. Its hard to believe that Snyder is wrapping up in only two issues, but given that he has something bigger coming with Capullo, I cant wait.
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