By Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Great superhero epics always have a touch of mystery: an unseen enemy, the villain’s elaborate master plan or the occasional gigantic conspiracy. Does the simultaneous inclusion of multiple mysteries add to the excitement of such an adventure, or does it simply distract? These are the types of questions I face when reading a book like Justice League 3.
Last issue, I praised Scott Snyder’s decision to incorporate facets of the Leaguers’ respective worlds/universes, but I now wonder if that inclusion is muddying up the narrative a bit. In Justice League 3, our heroes continue to explore “The Totality” as well as shed some light on the John Stewart’s new role as “Ultraviolet Lantern.”
After attacking the League with his Ultraviolet powers, John is in control long enough to give his teammates some background info on “The Invisible Spectrum.”
The Totality, The Source Wall, The Still Force and The Invisible Spectrum — that’s a lot of universal phenomena for one Justice League caper. Of course, they are all connected to a larger yet-to-be-revealed plan, but for now there’s an uneven balance between mysterious cosmic forces and grounded drama.
I find that Snyder is at his best when he works with the more particular pseudo-scientific ideas. Case in point: micro-Hawkgirl in Martian Manhunter’s brain.
The Totality is mutating J’onn’s brain so Hawkgirl neutralizes the attacking forces and gives J’onn a major headache in the process. It isn’t until later in the book when you see the effect that this has taken on J’onn. In a haze of child-like wonder and excitement — probably because he’s short a couple million brain cells — J’onn mentally connects to a Source Wall Giant and all hell breaks loose.
High concept it may be, it is a little easier to grasp than the countless cosmic forces around the corner.
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