Writer: J.M. DeMatteis and James Tucker
Art: Ethen Beavers, Nick Filardi, AW’s DC Hopkins, and Tucker
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 5th, 2021
In this week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY, Wonder Woman finds herself amidst a withering civilization. And if you notice the cover, it’s no surprise as to who she finds herself stuck with… Darkseid. However, the story begins to take an even more unique twist as the Master of the Omega Beams begins to unfold a story that makes the cover of JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #4 seem a bit more plausible. Let’s dive into JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #4 by J.M. DeMatteis and James Tucker as the Wonder Woman we know and love finds Mr. Darkseid’s story a bit far-fetched yet oddly convincing at the same. Is DC COMICS great “I AM” telling the truth? And, will Wonder Woman find her way off this dying world? You’ll have to read on to find out!
If you’ve been following along with this series to date, the parallels to the JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED series are simply uncanny. Now, I understand that’s been the driving purpose of the series to date. However, its correspondences shouldn’t be overlooked. And thus, anyone craving that continuation of JLU shouldn’t hesitate to take a deep time into this series by DeMatteis and Tucker.
Now, not only does this creative team do a phenomenal job mimicking JLU, but it also ironically provides a masterful take on Wonder Woman this week. Readers, I say “ironically” because this very week DC COMICS is celebrating Wonder Woman’s 80th Anniversary with a Special 100-Page issue you can check out right HERE. Nevertheless, this week, DeMatteis and Tucker find the perfect blend of determination, vigor, and elegance that have made Wonder Woman one of the pillars of DC COMICS throughout the past 80 years.
What truly makes this issue/ series “feel” like the animated series, as well as provide that sheer sense of satisfaction, is the outstanding illustrations by Ethen Beavers that genuinely encompass the nostalgic layers involved with the show. Beavers’ analogous line work mixed with Nick Filardi’s sharp, almost spirited colors provide the one-two punch propelling readers immediately back into the show they truly adored.
DeMatteis and Tucker furnish an easy-to-read, creatively enthusiastic comic that’s flooded with references from the original TV Show and just transparent passion for the characters and their roots. This creative team knows where this series came from, never hides the fact, and uses it well to usher in fresh and imaginative story beats. Nothing is ever too convoluted and provides fans with some well-deserved fun with a JLU vibe and twist.
The only real lacking element in this week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE INFINITY #4 was the advancement of the overall premise of the series. However, avid fans will note the timely detour to statically fit well surrounding Diana’s 80th Anniversary. Plus, readers will respectfully appreciation the powerful tangent this week. Fans of the original JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED series who haven’t jumped on the train yet should do so immediately. This is a fun series with a good, strong look. I highly recommend adding it to your pull list. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!