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Review: Future State: Justice League #1

Future State: Justice League #1

Future State: Justice League #1 is an interesting comic. There’s a lot to like about it. But, there’s also a lot to be frustrated by as well. There’s two stories and each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Joshua Williamson handles the writing duties for the first story focused on the Justice League of the future. With a new Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, The Flash, Aquawoman, and Wonder Woman, the comic gives us familiar characters but new takes. It also delivers an interesting new status quo in some ways.

In Future State: Justice League #1, the Legion of Doom has been murdered leaving the Justice League to figure out who did it. Roles aren’t quite as straightforward as one might expect changing up some of the expectations for the team. There’s also a new dynamic in that this is a team that doesn’t know each other’s identities. We’re told of some major events in the past that has lead to that but it doesn’t hamper the story. There are some hints as to what has happened but it doesn’t linger in the details. We’re absolutely left wanting more but it’s not the focus brought up over and over.

Instead, Williamson focuses on the lasting reverberations of the past and how they impact this new team. There’s a discussion if these heroes should be hampered by the ghosts of the past. That’s really interesting and I wish there was more of it. Sadly, it’s all cut short as the real villains are revealed. A group I have no connection to so I was left shrugging my shoulders.

The art by Robson Rocha is fantastic. Daniel Henriques is on ink, Romulo Fajardo, Jr. is on color, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. There’s solid page layouts and the design and look of the characters are great. The comic had me looking at the art and pages to check out the details and dissect the look of the comic. It just looks really good and has a good pacing despite much of the comic is standing around and chatting.

The comic also features a Justice League Dark story, “Prophéties“. It’s written by Ram V., with art by Marcio Takara, color by Marcelo Maiolo, and lettering by Rob Leigh. Here we’re given a different future where magic users are under attack. It’s a wasteland post-apocalyptic world where instead of a lot of what we’ve seen elsewhere, this one is more sword and sorcery. Zatanna and Bobo are attempting to figure out what has happened as they also do what they can to survive. Merlin has returned taking the magic and hunting down users and murdering them.

It’s an interesting story that has a nice blending of settings. Where it goes and what’s revealed has me wanting to find out more and see what’s next. But, it also feels like a story arc that’s a bit of a filler between bigger arcs. It’s not bad, it doesn’t quite hit the mark with its big moments.

Future State: Justice League #1 is an ok comic. It’s not bad. It’s also not exciting enough. Both stories have their moments and interesting aspects. But, the Justice League characters are a bit more interesting in their own “Future State” series. The Justice League Dark story packs a lot in but misses that punch to really make it exciting. This is one for those who really want to see more of these characters or worlds.

Story: Joshua Williamson, Ram V. Art: Robson Rocha, Marcio Takara
Ink: Daniel Henriques Color: Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marcelo Maiolo Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Discover the destiny of the DC Universe in Future State: Justice League #1 on January 12!

Welcome to DC Future State, a two-month extravaganza that reveals what lies in store for the World’s Greatest Heroes! Spinning out of the finale of Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 (on sale January 5), DC Future State will take you on a journey from the near future to the end of time to witness the destinies of heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Justice League, the Teen Titans, and so many more.

In Future State: Justice League #1witness the start of a new era for the Justice League starring Jonathan Kent as Superman, Yara Flor as Wonder Woman, Jo Mullein as Green Lantern, Andy Curry as Aquawoman, a new Flash—Jess Chambers—from the Multiverse, and [REDACTED] as Batman! Together, they protect the future, yet apart, their identities are secret even from one another—but why? When their greatest adversaries wind up murdered in an abandoned Hall of Justice, all clues point to…the Justice League! The new team’s adventures begin here!

And in a new tale of the Justice League Dark, a witch hunt across the DC Universe begins as magic users are harvested and executed—and the team is on the run! Zatanna and Detective Chimp (now possessed by Etrigan) must round up new and old teammates, including John Constantine, Ragman, and Madame Xanadu. Their mission? To battle the power-mad Crow King, Merlin, before his plans for magical domination destroy the fabric of reality. But where is Dr. Fate? And what led the team to disband in the first place? Discover the truth here!

Future State: Justice League #1 (of 2), written by Joshua Williamson with art by Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Tom Napolitano, including Future State: Justice League Dark #1 by Ram V., Marcio Takara, Marcelo Maiolo, and Rob Leigh, featuring a cover by Dan Mora and a card stock variant cover by Kael Ngu, hits shelves January 12.

Preview: Aquaman #58

Aquaman #58

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (CA) Daniel Henriques (A/CA) Robson Rocha
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

There’s a baby in the water, and the sharks are circling! Mera lies comatose following the birth of her child, and when it becomes clear that he who has the royal baby has royal power, Aquaman must flee with his young daughter. But will he be able to escape Ocean Master, who’s been sharpening his trident as well as his plans for takeover with a loyal new army at his back? The hunt is on…and everything Arthur holds dear hangs in the balance!

Aquaman #58

Preview: Aquaman #57

Aquaman #57

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A/CA) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In this issue, Mera and Aquaman welcome their very own Aquababy! In the wake of Black Manta’s attack on Amnesty Bay, Aquaman encounters a new crisis when Mera unexpectedly goes into labor…and things don’t look good for the queen of Atlantis. Don’t miss this historic, emotional issue that kicks off a bold new era for Aquaman!

Aquaman #57

Preview: Aquaman #55

Aquaman #55

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Daniel Henriques (CA) Jason Paz (A/CA) Robson Rocha
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

As Mecha Manta lays siege to Amnesty Bay, Aquaman lays it all on the line. It’s land versus sea in a battle of titanic proportion! But which side will Jackson Hyde choose-his mentor or his father?

Aquaman #55

Preview: Aquaman #54

Aquaman #54

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques (CA) Dan Panosian
In Shops: Nov 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Black Manta and Mech Manta invade Amnesty Bay with one target in mind-Aqualad! Can Aquaman save his protégé from his deadly lineage? Or will the combined might of the Mantas finally be Arthur Curry’s undoing?

Aquaman #54

Preview: Aquaman #53

Aquaman #53

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Daniel Henriques (CA) Jason Paz (A/CA) Robson Rocha
In Shops: Oct 16, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s the reunion everyone will be talking about as Aquaman and Mera finally come face to face! Meanwhile, Aqualad and the Old Gods put the murder charges to rest when the true culprit is revealed… and Black Manta makes his move on Aquaman!

Aquaman #53

Preview: Aquaman #52

Aquaman #52

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Daniel Henriques (CA) Jason Paz (A/CA) Robson Rocha
In Shops: Sep 18, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Black Manta is reunited with his dead father…but at a great cost to both! Meanwhile, Aquaman’s investigation into the Amnesty Bay killer takes a stunning turn, and Mera must make a life-altering decision!

Aquaman #52

Preview: Aquaman #51

Aquaman #51

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Daniel Henriques (CA) Jason Paz (A/CA) Robson Rocha
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Lex Luthor’s surprising offer to Black Manta is revealed! But is it too good to be true? Plus, a gruesome murder in Amnesty Bay shocks the town to its core…and the prime suspects are none other than the Old Gods! Can Aquaman and his new partner Aqualad solve this murder mystery?

Aquaman #51

Preview: Aquaman #50

Aquaman #50

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques (CA) Ryan Sook
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $5.99

As Aquaman settles the Old Gods of Unspoken Water into their new lives in Amnesty Bay, Jackson Hyde, a.k.a. Aqua-lad, seeks out Aquaman to be his new mentor! Back in Atlantis, Mera makes a move that shocks the Widowhood. Meanwhile, Black Manta, recently kicked out of the Legion of Doom, prepares to make his next move against his greatest nemesis…but Lex Luthor is about to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Don’t miss our landmark 50th issue and the start of a brand-new story!

Aquaman #50
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