Writer: J.M. DeMatteis and James Tucker
Art: Ethen Beavers, Nick Filardi, Tom Napolitano, and Francis Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 6th, 2021
There is a being traversing the galaxy exploring its true meaning of life. Yet, what this “Amazing” being discovers on the remotest corners of the cosmos will shift not just the very fabric of our universe, but numerous others in the process! Moreover, the battle for the throne of Apokolips reaches Earth with the champion crowned at the feet of the Justice League. Let’s dive into JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #1 as J.M. DeMatteis and James Tucker take fans on a ride right where the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED series left off!
WHO’S THIS SERIES FOR?
So, before we truly sink our teeth into this issue and review, let me start by saying who this comic is NOT for. JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY isn’t meant for comic fans that are searching for realism or mature, graphic content. It’s not meant to startle or leave you awestruck. It’s not even for readers expecting heavy violence and explicit content. Now, many would assume that… yet I find myself beginning with this warning because many critics may degrade the issue or series for not seeming authentic to some of the character portrayals involved when in fact that’s not its purpose.
However, this series IS a literal continuation of the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED series in which DeMatteis and Tucker stay completely true too. The characteristics and tone are meant to be a bit more cartoony in nature as well as some of the character voices. That’s exactly how the series came across as DeMatteis and Tucker stay accurate to that very same feeling and rhythm. Yet, it’s Ethen Beavers and Nick Filardi that provide fans with the familiar JLU Cartoon Network vibe. Fans of the show will genuinely feel an authentic and distinct tug to the series they love so dear.
Meaning, JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY is meant for the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED fan desiring more of the same. If you’re searching for a recreation of the Cartoon Network Show, then by golly this series is for you. Heck, if you’re a parent who grew up on this show and are searching for that comic to connect with your new little ones, this series could be right in your wheelhouse.
DeMatteis and Tucker do a fantastic job paralleling the narrator of the story with the possible antagonist that fits the plot and theme flawlessly. Moreover, this creative team does an incredible job mirroring the character’s voices so much that I felt as though I was practically hearing the very same voices in my head as I read the issue. Now, there were a few moments where some of the cheeky wit and charm of the series didn’t quite jive with DeMatteis and Tucker’s take. However, those instances were few and far between.
But, the sturdy foundation of JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY can be found on the backs of Beavers and Filardi who almost perfectly mimic the original series appearance masterfully. The blocky and almost massive nature of the JL members, along with their costume design and facial expressions, is what placed this issue with pinpoint accuracy giving JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY its unique and genuine tinge and sensation. There is no doubt that this series is a must-buy to any and all JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED fans.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #1 commences with a very encouraging opening act that ends with a rather inspiring cliffhanger. The tone and atmosphere surrounding this inaugural installment will make readers ecstatic for JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED’S continuation and the rejuvenation of the television show in comic form. Additionally, the character dialogue was spot on and the illustrations were so familiar and fun that it took me back over 15 years to a time where it felt like DC COMICS was hitting on all cylinders. It’s refreshing to feel like that time seems to be on the horizon for the company once again! Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!