Review: Justice League United #3
Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Mike McKone, Cam Smith, and Guillermo Ortego
The team has been transported to Ranagar just in time, but they aren’t the only ones. Now they have to battle Byth and Lobo before they can use that crazy baby to take over the world, or whatever their plan is… This all sounds like crazy gibberish, and it is, but it is amazingly fun crazy gibberish. Isn’t that what comics are supposed to be?
I really enjoy the art in this book. Usually there is a disconnect in the art when there is more than one inker on a book, but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference in the inks. McKone’s exaggerated pencils are complimented by the inks incredibly well. I especially enjoy it when the panels turn to red and white when they want to emphasize a certain action. The story is pretty interesting as well. Its just fast and fun for the most part, and that is rare in the New 52. Where the story does fall, the excellent dialogue keeps the fun up. The interplay between Green Arrow and Animal Man is hilarious and I can’t wait to read more.
I’ve never really been a big fan of Lobo, biker or male model version, so his inclusion here in this book really does nothing for me. Also, the Canadian girl’s story in the first few pages of the issue feel completely disconnected from the rest of the story. I know Lemire is playing the long game with her, but it just feels weird since the entire rest of the book is completely uninterested with the long game. Things just happen with little explanation, like the formation of the team. That approach is fine by me. It means we get to skip the boring set up and just jump straight into the fun. I just can’t see why that approach would be changed for just one character.
I really enjoy this book. Its not overly serious like its predecessor, Justice League of America, and is mainly concerned with just having fun. There are a few story elements that I didn’t think was fantastic, but the art was great. You should definitely pick this one up.
Story: 3.5 out of 5
Art: 4.5 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5