Justice League #9 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jorge Jimenez
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Tom Napolitano

Spoilers ahead!

We get a slight reprieve from all the action of the previous issues. The action we do get is fairly straightforward: Superman is trying to put the moon back together while fending off space monsters known as Coronavores. Meanwhile, Batman is getting himself healed, Wonder Woman ponders what to do with her domain, and Hawkgirl confronts Martian Manhunter if he knows more than he’s letting on.

I wish more time had been spent with Batman, but what we do get is totally in character. Seeing Batman sprawled out with his limbs cut open in one panel, and then by the end seeing him ready to gear up to fight aliens is 100% in character, and I loved it.

A big chunk of the issue went toward Wonder Woman and Aquaman discussing all of the League members’ domains. Wonder Woman can’t decide what to do with hers even though everyone else seemingly had a pretty easy time figuring out how to decorate. While it’s a tad repetitive, it really does show how much Scott Snyder understands these characters. Seeing how Flash’s and Martin Manhunter’s domains are perfectly suited for their needs really makes sense when everything’s laid out. I just don’t understand why Diana would have trouble. A tribute to Themyscira seems appropriate, but I’m sure her arc over the next few issues will be her determining what would be best.

I was surprised the story didn’t delve into what the hell was going on in the world when the moon was destroyed. At the very least, one would assume it would disrupt tidal patterns. That is until I noticed the title of the next issue is “The World Drowns.” This issue may have been slow, but hopefully it’s setting up more intriguing developments to come.

Overall Score: 7/10

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