By Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Scott Hanna & Rod Reis
The latest issue of Justice League gives a little intermission from Forever Evil. Although it still ties in with the the storyline, the plot focuses on Dr. Will Magnus and the creation of the Metal Men.
Mr. Geoff Johns knows how to tug on the heart strings. As the book traverses Dr. Magnus’ emotional and scientific journey, the reader instantly attaches to the character, which is exactly what should happen. In the beginning, Magnus refuses to assist Cyborg by awakening the Metal Men. Johns presents him as a heartless person who wants to see the downfall of man and society, but of course, appearances can be deceiving. What instantly made me fall in love with the Metal Men was how humanistic they were portrayed. In four pages, the creative team is able to convey the characters of each of the Metal Men well, which is no easy task. It was a great dichotomy between them and Dr. Magnus; a man who hates people and artificial beings who wish to have human qualities…brilliant! Johns, once again, has his true strength shine through: understanding of character.
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Scott Hanna all perfectly accentuate Geoff’s writing style. They are able to put a face (quite literally) to his emotional dialogue. The Metal Men essentially involved them redesigning six characters. Each one was well-differentiated from the others and equally detailed. Rod Reis deserves a shout-out for his coloring on them; they shined with brilliance and sleekness. Of course, the pages that instantly caught my attention were the double-page full shot that showed the Metal Men saving the city. It was dynamic, colorful and a good use of space. I could go on and on about the sequential art in this issue, but I’ll let the reader enjoy it for themselves.
The nice thing about Justice League #28 is that no prior knowledge of the story arc is needed; it would definitely help, but this can almost be considered a one-shot. It’s a wonderful story that everyone can connect to. Definitely deserves a buy!