Justice League #30 Review: The Sovereign Arrives

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Justice League #30 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair
Justice League #30 cover by Bryan Hitch and Alex Sinclair

The darkness is infesting Wonder Woman and Green Lantern Simon Baz. Much of the Justice League is in a pocket dimension and unaware what is happening. The future Aquaman is visiting Mera and Serenity.

Worse yet, the Sovereign has arrived.

This story seems to be winding up to a finale, and that is definitely the best move. While the slower beats and character-focused moments were certainly enjoyable, it is beginning to feel like this arc has been going on for months.

Well, technically it has, and, thanks to DC's twice-a-month printing, it technically has been going for months longer than that.

It's still better than how Marvel handles twice-a-month titles. I still can't believe they have the gall to charge $3.99 for their twice-printing X-Men books.

Anyway, things seem to be coming to a close on the "Legacy" story with Justice League #30. Sovereign arrives in the present, and we are shown her true identity. It is certainly surprising, and it is unclear what this means for the lore of a specific Justice Leaguer.

It's highly unlikely this will end without tears. Something bad is going to happen to one or more of the League children. Even if it doesn't, the separation for individuals like Flash and Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and their progeny will be a bit heartbreaking. That is a good thing, mind you, because that means it's managed to emotionally engage me as a reader.

Justice League #30 art by Fernando Pasarin and Brad Anderson
Justice League #30 art by Fernando Pasarin and Brad Anderson

That said, this issue is a confusing in regards to some of its plot points. The darkness, its intent, what it's doing to Diana and Simon, and its relation to the Sovereign are all unclear. Much of this will hopefully be revealed in the next issue or two, but some of that information would have been helpful in the moment as opposed to after the fact.

Regardless, Bryan Hitch is doing stellar work with the Justice League.

Fernando Pasarin is doing equally well with his continued artwork. Justice League has remained a gorgeous title in no small part thanks to Pasarin and the color work of Brad Anderson.

Despite my lack of concerted interest in two of the mainstay members (Superman and Batman), Hitch and Pasarin have managed to reinvigorate my interest in the Justice League in the past couple of months. While I think the lineup could certainly use some more changes than replacing Hal with Simon and Jessica and Aquaman with Mera, this book has managed to engage me in a way that Johns' Darkseid War (which was the last time I had read Justice League) just did not.

I continue to recommend the book this month, and you should certainly give it a read.

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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.