Justice League #11 continues the inventive arc, which prominently features Aquaman. Imaginative in its execution and feeling like some classic adventure and fantasy tale, this issue does a good job of moving the story along, although doesn’t do too much in the way of character development, outside of a few notable moments. The main point of this issue seemed to be about unity, with major team members reuniting and the return of the villainous Legion of Doom. Wonder Woman’s re-emergence into the tale is also much appreciated, with those League members who are still in space likely going to make a huge comeback towards the end of this series.
In Justice League #11, the villains are focused on far less than in the past, although this isn’t necessarily to the disservice of the title. Whilst Aquaman and Wonder Woman journey to the Graveyard of the Gods, Flash, Superman and Mera look for the Tomb of Arion in order to find the Elixir of Death, the only thing capable of once again killing or at least trapping these sea gods.
Therefore, the main villain focused on here is Black Manta, who has fashioned himself as the Ocean King after being backed so heavily by these new alien gods. The inclusion of David Hyde so heavily into the story is great as he is often an underused character. Having him steal the Elixir before our heroes is an extra wrinkle in the plot and serves to further the legitimacy of the character and the threats the League are facing.
Indeed, the ticking time bomb of The Flash’s struggle to not turn into another sea monster adds some tension to the piece and once again adds to the threat they are facing.
For Aquaman, he must come to terms with how important he is in saving the Earth. Assuming that Poseidon will be the one to set everyone free, Wonder Woman repeatedly tries to show him that it is his fate to solve the current crises.
Even upon eventually finding Poseidon in the Graveyard of the Gods, we learn that Cheetah has trapped him there as part of a larger plot by the Legion. Stabbing Arthur through the chest may finally show us how hopeless this quest was and suggests that Diana was right. If Aquaman is to survive this attack, he is the only hope left for Atlantis and Earth.
Meanwhile, Batman has far less to do this issue, mostly sticking with Jarro in the HQ. However, the return of the Legion sets up the next issue to be very Batman-centric as he has to fight off some of DC’s greatest foes.
Justice League #11 is a lot of fun and very imaginative, although a little paint by numbers. It has two duel narratives that actually serve mostly the same purpose; to unite the heroes and show them that, whilst things seem hopeless, they’ll find the answers within themselves.
Next month’s issue is sure to be much tenser as the already injured Bruce Wayne has to face one of his toughest challenges yet.
Justice League #11
Imaginative in its execution and feeling like some classic adventure and fantasy tale, Justice League #11 does a good job of moving the story along.