Justice League #29
Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV – Writers
Bruno Redondo – Artist
(A Year of the Villain – Dark Gifts Tie-In)
The issue opens with a brief history lesson of the alien creature Starro as ‘Jarro’ infiltrates the headquarters of the Legion of Doom. Almost every villain that was given an offer by Lex Luthor to upgrade their powers has accepted it. Meanwhile, the Justice League has started a recruitment drive of their own to add heroes to their ranks. The World Forger and the Monitor are searching for their brother, the Anti-Monitor, to help them stop the ascension of their mother, the villainess Perpetua.
I had high hopes for Justice League when it was rebooted by Scott Snyder but between the speed of the title’s release schedule and its Morrisonesque storyline, I quickly fell behind and gave up reading it altogether. I decided to give Justice League another shot by picking up Issue #25 and the $.25 Year of the Villain One-Shot.
If you floundered on the title like I did, this prelude issue of the coming “Justice Doom War” storyline is a perfect jumping on point for lapsed readers. Jarro (the Starro in a Jar) succinctly catches up the reader on the events that have taken place in previous issues. If you don’t know who Jarro is, that’s okay, as he explains how he came to be and how his friendship with Batman made him the hero he is today. By the end of the issue, a villain joins the Legion of Doom that could potentially win the war for the bad guys.
One of the things I liked about the issue was that Snyder and Tynion IV included the version of Starro the Conqueror from the series R.E.B.E.L.S. Think of Conan the Barbarian under the influence of Starro and you’ll get an idea of this version of the villain. Starro has been a thorn in the side of the Justice League since its inception and to see the alien as “Jarro” takes some getting used to but it’s a new and fresh take on the character.
Next Issue– The “Justice Doom War” starts here! The Lex Luthor the League has known and fought is no more, replaced by an apex predator version of Lex, powered by Perpetua with a goal of bringing tragedy to the DC Universe. Now that Lex has powered up villains across the cosmos, he marshals his own troops, sparking a war between the Legion of Doom and the Justice League that will span space, time and the Multiverse itself. This is the start of the next big Justice League event, with consequences affecting “DC’s Year of the Villain” and beyond! In Stores August 21, 2019.