I am a sucker for alternate universe stories much like Earth 2, Injustice and even the crime syndicate, but unlike the dark, scary tone set in most of those worlds, Justice League 3000 has a much lighter slant. Mind you, this isn’t a solely Utopian future, and there is plenty of dread and despair to go around, but the relationships between are heroes are front and center here.
Keith Giffen, who plots the issue, and J.M. DeMatteis, who handles dialogue, are taking a swing at a new characterization of our well-known superheroes. Their future has been taken over by The Five, and the Wonder Twins (Tery and Teri) are in charge of the project to fight with the resistance with a reanimated version of the Justice League. What’s most interesting is the personalities and powers of the team which Giffen and DeMatteis run wild with. Superman and Batman are less than friends - they hate each other - Superman is a jerk, Wonder Woman is pure Amazonian, Flash has no friction resistance and Green Lantern uses a cloak instead of a ring. The banter is witty, funny and fast paced and like nothing we’ve seen before.
This makes this an extremely enjoyable ride along the way. There’s a great de-briefing sequence where readers get a better understanding at this unique tasks on our heroes. This is the odd-couple Justice League, and it couldn’t be more enjoyable. There still is a war to fight; its just on very shaky ground with this Justice League who fight each other as much as they do the enemy.
The overall issue had plenty of plot details for the war but focused more on the team, and it will be interesting to see where this goes once more established villains and threats begin to appear. Not knowing anything going into this title, I was pleasantly surprised by the final results. With the plethora of Justice League titles on the market, this is a fresh spin on a well-worn story with plenty of upside moving forward.
If you hesitate when it comes to Justice League titles give this one a try. It’s not the heroes you are used to, and with the jump forward in time the stories aren’t like much we’ve seen before. This book hits all the right notes especially the snarky and the humorous without being a parody or satire. Justice League 3000 stands on its own and looks to be headed in the right direction. All in all it’s a terrific start to a fun new series.