Resetting a little after the breakneck pace that the Justice League title opened with, this issue decides to slow it down a little in order to establish what the League will look like as it moves forward. With a huge focus on the Hall of Justice and a little look into the lives of each of Earth’s heroes, this month’s addition to the saga aims to flesh out the Justice League world as we start to grow into this already well-established version of the team.
Justice League #9 primarily plays upon two themes. The first is a better understanding of each of the members of the JL as we have a tour around the Hall of Justice and the spaces belonging to each member. The second theme is more to do with a struggle with the changes that are happening in the multiverse and what these mean for the future of the League’s very existence.
The issue opens with Superman repairing the moon. This subplot goes throughout the issue, with Superman fighting off aliens and struggling with his task, only to be revealed that the moon is a Bat-Moon and the aliens were sent by Batman to defend it.
I’m not 100% of the ramifications to this subplot or what it really means, but it is clear that Batman is not able to process all the changes that are happening. Much like the room we see later, Bruce is putting up defensive walls around everything he knows in order to protect it. With the very source code of the universe in question, Batman doesn’t wish to comprehend anything but what he already knows. As Superman points out, he is flesh and blood. He understands reality and life but not the workings of the whole cosmos.
This theme continues with Hawkgirl and Martian Manhunter as they start to discuss what they saw in the source wall. For both of them, it was a shock to learn about their past. For Manhunter, to understand so little about Mars. For Hawkgirl, to see her role in the shaping of the universe. Both of these characters are going to struggle as they go forward and seek concrete answers to their questions.
Elsewhere, we are formally introduced to the home of the team, a tourist attraction that also serves as the base of operations for all versions of the Justice League. With a fully functioning kitchen with food from anywhere in the universe and living spaces for each member, the Hall is fully decked out.
It’s great to see how each Leaguer has arranged their rooms and this lends itself to an interesting conversation between Diana and Arthur, who are very quickly forming a stronger friendship within the team.
Justice League #9 certainly slowed down what we’d experienced so far, but that is not to say that the writing or art was a step backwards. This was a necessary chapter for a larger story and very nicely establishes this new world we are dealing with.
Justice League #9
A fun and interesting read by all accounts, this is a strong addition to the line.