Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colors: Alejandro Sanchez
One of my favorite aspects of The Totality storyline has been the artwork. I love the focus on macabre horror squeaking in, especially in the design of Martian Manhunter when he’s under Joker’s control. The deranged look on his face with haunting tendrils coming out of his hands is truly a sight to behold, and it proves that this is one arc reading for the artwork alone.
In the previous issue, we learned more about Lex Luthor’s motivations. Now, we see his plan fulfilled. He accesses the Totality, giving him the power to turn Earth into an evil planet. The Batman vs. Luthor fight was beautifully drawn, and the back and forth between the two characters is impeccable.
I also love the genuine surprises in the issue. The team learns the way to have any shot at winning is not to keep punching forward as they’re prone to do. Instead, they slow down. J’onn J’onzz connects humanity to reveal how everyone is connected by fear and cruelty. However, that connection does not make humanity weak nor does it make it all right to succumb to evil. Instead, it should bring us closer together. It should make us better as communities. It’s a turn I wasn’t expecting, but it was a solid ending.
Snyder has been masterful at creating plenty of organic twists and turns. There really are no weak players. Generally, with issues like this that have over a dozen active characters, there is usually at least one plotline that just isn’t engaging as the rest, and I really have to slog through the pages until something more interesting happens. With this storyline, everything is essential. Everyone has an important part to play, and I look forward to every character’s upcoming actions.
Overall Score: 9/10
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