From the ruins of Superman’s Fortress Of Solitude rises the Frost King, a delusional madman with the power to freeze the globe and an army that can withstand the Justice League? And how does he tie to Black Adam and Swamp Thing?
As I had started reading through Justice League: Endless Winter, the opening salvo for this little event, I had worried it would be just another mediocre event with some Z-list bad guy. The jury is still out, I guess. because it’s just one issue. I do feel that there are a few layers to this event to dig into. The Flash is concerned about family, looking for answers from the superhero community. There are some loser villains that catch an L at the beginning. Is there more to them in Endless Winter? The Frost King, the big bad, doesn’t see the Justice League when he’s confronted but instead those that faced him hundreds of years ago. For me, there are these additional nuggets that leave me wanting to know the answers. I’m curious enough to read the next issue of this story, which will take place in the pages of The Flash.
The writing team is comprised of Ron Marz and Andy Lanning. I feel like these two veterans have crafted a good first issue of Endless Winter. We know the Justice League is tough and skilled and they give us that at first, and in doing so, we know Frost King must be pretty bad-ass to dispatch them as easily as he does. Everyone has a unique voice in that they sound like they should. And this ties in with the current DC universe, having it take place at a point after the Brian Bendis Man Of Steel series. There’s a good amount of unanswered questions and maybe a part of this feels cliché, because how often in comics does the bad guy just wipe the floor with the heroes when he first pops up? But it still works.
It looked like Howard Porter was trying something different with his art. Maybe it was Marco Santucci’s involvement but it was a bit hit-or-miss for me. That said, I think I liked where the art was going. I’ve seen Porter’s work criticized a bit as being too 90’s. I feel like he’s taking some chances and mixing things up to give a different artistic look and while I felt there were just a couple of spots that looked weird, I think I like this style going forward from him. The colors were perfect throughout Endless Winter and come off so bright and vibrant.
I didn’t see any sort of checklist to know how long Endless Winter was going to be. I just know the next part is in The Flash #767. I’ll definitely be checking that issue out to see where this all goes. For a first chapter, Justice League: Endless Winter has plenty to keep a reader interested and happy. I’m not much of a DC reader and I enjoyed this so I think if this is your wheelhouse, you’ll be pleased.
Story: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz Art: Howard Porter, Marco Santucci
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0
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