Justice League #28 Review: Parental Bonding To Give You Feelings

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Cover to Justice League #28 by Bryan Hitch
Justice League #28

The Justice League continue spending time and getting to know their future children and the world they come from. A lot of bonding is done and feelings are shared. Unfortunately, everyone knows that this cannot last, and the Kindred threat is on its way.

Worse yet, an ulterior motive begins to rear its head with a plan that may tear the heart out of the Justice League.

This is a fairly plot-light comic. There's nothing really wrong with that; the comic manages to stay engaging in spite of that. However, those who were hoping for more with Batman and the future Aquaman or the Sovereign will not have their wishes delivered in this comic.

In all honesty, you could likely skip this comic without missing out on much in the overall plot.

However, we do not read stories for plot alone, and I actually highly recommend Justice League #28. Why? Well, because it's a really touching comic.

The budding relationships between the Leaguers and their future offspring are sweet. Clark and Hunter, Mera and Eldora, Victor and Cube, Barry, Jess, and their three kids; it's really endearing watching their relationships develop.

It's also a great way to build up tension, because even before you get to the ending of the comic, you know it can't last. This isn't the way their world works, and time-traveling doesn't tend to build lasting relationships with a few notable exceptions. You know it has to end, and that's damn heartbreaking.

Interior art from Justice League #28 by Fernando Pasarin
Art from Justice League #28

Justice League #28 carries a lot of emotional heft, and that is enough to make a very readable comic book.

On top of that, Fernando Pasarin is a phenomenal artist. The style is very detailed and brings these characters to life in a manner that few other artists can accomplish. This detailed style is great for depicting facial expression and body language, and he gets to show that off in this character-centric issue.

Brad Anderson's color work is strong, too. He knows how to play with color to match the atmosphere of each scene, and it results in a comic that is even more visually stunning than it would have been otherwise. Given Pasarin's talent, that is saying a lot.

This comic isn't about plot advancement, for better and for worse. This tale will likely have at least another two issues ahead of it. However, I struggle to be disappointed by that. It's a great read, and I could read even more of these characters getting to know one another. Don't skip this one; pick it up next time you're at your shop.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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