Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE #24 and the Power of Gray Kryptonite

FIRST IMPRESSION

Justice League #24 is as much an energetic chase through space as it is a thought-provoking piece of storytelling.
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Previously, on Justice League, the team makes their daring escape from the sixth dimension’s Apokolips – the planet-sized prison – with the aid of Darkseid and the Legion of Doom. Meanwhile, Superman hurtles through a bleak and perpetually dark galaxy, and Batman contemplates the role he could play in the World Forger’s plan for a perfect Multiverse.

In the adrenaline-filled penultimate issue of the “Sixth Dimension” storyline, the League races to return to their realm and save their future, with Apokoliptian guards Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen on their tail. And Batman finds a familiar device that helped in the crafting of the utopian future.

** Some Spoilers Below **

Justice League #24 Cover

Story

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“The Sixth Dimension” chapter five! The League’s plan is in full swing, but one member of the team isn’t on board with their message and sides with the World Forger! Betrayed, there’s only one person who can turn the tide of this battle. Can Superman find the strength to escape his prison planet and save the Justice League, or is the League doomed to live out their days trapped in the Sixth Dimension?!

In the opening pages of Justice League #24, Superman contemplates a memory involving Gray Kryptonite. It’s something Lois coined to describe the Man of Steel’s internal strife that builds and builds when one negligible thing goes wrong. It’s a hero’s burden, that no matter how much good he or she does for the world and those close to them, it’s the failures, no matter how trivial, that fester.

Snyder also seems to have injected some of that Gray Kryptonite into Batman, who is on the cusp of turning completely to the dark side in order to preserve a future void of doom.

Make no mistake, the sci-fi action is front and center as the League and Legion bolt across the sixth dimensional cosmos. The book features interesting takes on already complex relationships between heroes and their villain counterparts. The funny dynamic between Grodd and Darkseid is infinitely entertaining. Simply put, it’s got the right formula of high stakes, action, and intrigue.

Justice League #24 Page Sample

Art

The aforementioned action sequences wouldn’t be half as bewitching, if not for the intense and remarkable artwork of Jorge Jimenez. Everything from the scene work, to character design, to page layout is packed with texture and ingenuity. Jimenez  brings a wholly unique style to Justice League. There is just as much life in each set piece as there is in the characters’ eyes.

Alejandro Sanchez also adds so much life and expression in his coloring. There is a genuine energy to his work in Justice League. His coloring features a striking glow around  characters and objects that make the book feel that much more fantastical.

Conclusion

This issue of Justice League is as much an energetic chase through space as it is a thought-provoking piece of storytelling.

What did you think of Justice League #24? Let us know in the comments!

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Michael E. Fromm is an all-around scrivener, writing screenplays (short and feature), short stories, novels, poetry, blogs, articles, and press releases. Since first learning to hold a pen, he has done little but read, watch, and write about characters and worlds of fantasy. It would be very difficult to find him without a pen in hand and an idea in mind, which is problematic for anyone wanting to have a conversation with him. Michael graduated from Rowan University, primarily focusing on improving his skills as a filmmaker and screenwriter. After said schooling, he joined an elite force of Rowan grads who also had the notion of becoming filmmakers. This group, known as Justice Productions, call on him every so often to write short films. And, until this whole writing thing pays off, Michael currently does development & marketing communication (writing, graphic & publication design, social media and website upkeep, etc.) for a web development company in Central New Jersey, where he currently resides.
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