Writer: James Tynion
Pencils/Inks: Javier Fernandez
Published By: DC Comics
Justice League 26 walks us down 3 narrative paths that are all working separately to ultimately solve the same problem, each in its own way. The problem our heroes are dealing with seems to get bigger and more complex with every passing issue, from dealing with the people of the world embracing Lex Luthor’s message to accept doom in their hearts, handling the fallout from the destruction of the Source Wall, to the raise of Perpetua and much worse her makers who are said to be Cosmic Gods of the Omniverse who will judge all the Multiverses and deem which are worthy or not at the banks of final judgement, so you know another epic Crisis for our heroes to face, no big thing.
In this issue we shift the creative team of Writer Scott Snyder and Artist Jorge Jimenez from the previous story arc and put this story into the capable hands and minds of Writer James Tynion the Fourth and Artist Javier Fernandez. This shakeup of the creative team is nothing new to this current run of the Justice League as we’ve had a back and forth collaboration between Snyder and Tynion all throughout the series and I think because of that were always given a fresh take on the current mission that is noticeably different but also familiar and they mesh together well as they push the story forward.
The first of the three paths we follow in this book shows us Martian Manhunter floating above the world as he takes in all the information he has gained on a mysterious person being called the Cloaked Man, a person who would come and make peoples cruelest desires a reality. Martian Manhunter uses his skills as a detective to piece together clues that have been scattered across the world and as he reflects on what he’s learned he believes he knows who this person is and where to find them. I found this portion of the story to be the most interesting and I love how it was written through a narrative driven perspective that really made it feel like an old time mystery with the weight and scale of a modern day epic.
The second path we walk down brings us to the center of the Multiverse in the Hall of Heroes were our Justice League has gathered several other Justice Leagues and teams from the farthest corners of the Multiverse to unite to discuss the problem they’re all dealing with the effects of the Source Wall falling and the void that is eating away at every edge of the Universe in creation. This section of the story tries to gather as many heroes and cameos into the panels as possible and honestly it made this part of the story the most fun as it was packed with so many deep cuts from a Flash who looks like Jay Garret to Batman Beyond, Kingdom Come Superman and my favorite Captain Carrot of the Zoo Crew. Storyline wise this path also felt the heaviest as we see just how big of a problem our heroes are dealing with given the fact that they have sought the counsel and help of essentially every hero in the Multiverse and if that isn’t serious, I don’t know what is.
The final plot we deal with follows Kendra Saunders and Mera as we see how the Justice League is preparing on earth for the Crisis to come and the war our heroes will have to face to save our Universe and the greater Omniverse. This final section of the issue was my least favorite because to me it seemed like it was mostly Kendra and Mera bickering and brooding back and forth argued about what they each feel is the league’s best course of action. I did however enjoy the panels of this story that showed several members of this new bigger Justice League Unlimited and how each are playing their part to help, research and train their hardest to be as ready as possible for whatever they will all have to face,