Justice League #56
Scheduled to arrive in stores: November 3, 2020
Cover date: January 2021
“Doom Metal” – Part Four
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Penciller: Robson Rocha
Inker: Daniel Henriques
Cover: Liam Sharpe
Variant Cover: Tony Daniel
Reviewed by: James Lantz
As Hawkgirl fights the Mindhunter on the psychic plane and in the real world, Detective Chimp uses Comet the Super Horse’s invisibility to save Starfire, Cyborg and Nightwing. Hawkgirl has managed to free the Martian Manhunter to use fire against the Mindhunter, who now is as much of a Martian as J’onn. Yet, Perpetua’s Omega Knight still knows Nightwing’s Justice League is coming to destroy his queen’s throne and liberate the Legion of Doom. A new plan is necessary if they are to succeed. Otherwise, Perpetua will continue her reign of terror forever.
Detective Chimp has created a diversion and possibly sacrificed himself to allow Nightwing’s team to free the Legion of Doom. The Omega Knight has used a powerful blast that has essentially put him out of the fight. However, the Justice League’s troubles are not over. The Legion of Doom wants to fight them in spite of the fact they were freed by Nightwing and the other heroes. Will Cheetah, Grodd and Sinestro ally themselves with their foes and the one who betrayed them, Lex Luthor? If they don’t, Perpetua may be unstoppable.
Story – 5: I was a bit hard on the previous issue, but this one redeems it in spades. This is the best chapter of “Doom Metal” yet. Brilliant character moments, non-stop action and Detective Chimp. This issue has it all. If this story continues in its current direction, we’ll be seeing the best part of the entire Death Metal event. The word “Wow” isn’t enough to describe how great this comic is.
Art – 5: I can understand to some degree why Rocha was chosen for this issue. His Mindhunter and Omega Knight are perfect for this story. I’m still not a fan of changing artists in the middle of a story arc, but in this case, it’s worked out well.
Cover Art – 5: Was Sharpe thinking of Halloween when he drew this cover? It’s perfect for the creepy atmosphere of that holiday, and the art is amazing.
Variant Cover Art – 5: I feel like Tony Daniel is an underused artist these days. I’d love to see more of his interior art in a Superman related title or any other comic for that matter.
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