Last week’s installment of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE featured the surprising return of Brainiac 2.o, also known as Vril Drox. Now, the son of Brainiac must aid Earth’s greatest heroes, and enemies, in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 in an effort to save the entirety of the universe.

From writers Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson comes an epic continuation of the struggle against the Omega Titans. Time is running out as each of Brainiac’s teams try to reinvigorate their respective cosmic tree.

The question remains, will they save Colu before time runs out? Warning, potential spoilers are below!

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Starro the Savior

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 kicks off with a conversation between Martian Manhunter and Starro. Though the giant starfish is known for their villainy, J’onn informs the alien that the fate of Colu ultimately lies in their hands. Starro expresses doubt, since they believe their abilities are simply intended to dominate vulnerable minds, rather than free them.

Martian Manhunter responds to this by asking if Starro truly aspires to be the tyrant they claim to be.

This opening conversation is undoubtedly one of the issue’s best moments. Starro has been one of the series’ stand-out characters, and the reason for being so is exemplified in this scene alone. There’s a conflict between what Starro believes their purpose to be and their obligation to the universe they exist within, and the writers execute that to a tee.

In this sequence, Martian Manhunter operates as a voice of reason. The universe needs Starro, but not as the tyrant they identify as. Rather, the universe requires Starro to be a hero.

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Clash of the Titans

The issue then segues into a totally different confrontation, a violent one between Lobo and Vril Drox. The son of Brainiac informs Lobo and the rest of Team Entropy that his father didn’t believe that any of the teams could succeed without him. Drox also reveals that Brainiac designed the League’s new suits to transfer and channel energy into Brainiac himself.

Why? Well, Brainiac wanted to save Colu in order to conquer it.

As Drox’s conversation with Team Entropy comes to an end, chaos ensues. Starfire discovers that Tamaran is under the possession of the Coluans, and Starro faces an Omega Titan head on. Tragically, Starro dies in the effort just as the rest of the League make their escape.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 is a heart-pounding installment that further proves how awesome this series has been so far. There’s plenty of eye-popping action as well as excellently-paced reveals, making for a balanced work that never feels too chaotic (despite its large scale and abundance of characters).

So, it’ll be interesting to see where the series goes from here. Personally, I would like to learn a bit more about the Omega Titans and their motivations. Additionally, I’m curious to see the repercussions of Starro’s death following their brief turn to heroism. This series has emphasized unexpected alliances throughout. As a result, it will be interesting to see how said alliances, just like Starro and Martian Manhunter’s, may play a role in the final issue.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Many Hues of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3

Personally, I found the illustrations of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 to be the issue’s weakest aspect. The collaboration of artists Riley Rossmo and Marcus To features a dramatic juxtaposition of styles that doesn’t really work.

The first half of the issue, in particular, tends to lack sharpness in most of the panels. As a result, it’s hard to engage with the issue’s imagery. With this though, the coloring work from Hi-Fi is solid, particularly in the sequence featuring Drox’s monologue. However, the weaknesses of the illustrations overshadow Hi-Fi’s work.

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Interestingly, neither artist’s detail work in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 falls short. There’s clearly plenty of effort that’s been instilled into the characters and backgrounds. However, the issue’s imagery as a whole parallels the chaos of the narrative in its presentation. The characters feel one-dimensional, as you can see in the exchange between Green Arrow and Amanda Waller above. The two characters’ expressions come across as cloudy and slightly indecipherable.

Unfortunately, this has been a fault that’s persisted throughout the series.

So, in the upcoming final issue of this series, I hope to see more distinctions between the primary characters. The finale is bound to be action-packed, which is where the artwork often gets chaotic. Thus, I hope the illustrations of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #4 maintain fewer inconsistencies in order to make a grand conclusion.

What Lies Beyond

The Omega Titans have arrived and want to take Colu for themselves, and the Justice League’s chances for victory are fading. The finale of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE is on its way. Now, the Justice League, and their unexpected allies, only have one chance to defeat their new foes once and for all.

So stay tuned for the epic conclusion as all our burning questions will, hopefully, be answered!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Riley Rossmo, Marcus To, & Hi-Fi
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JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #3 broadens the scale of the series thus far, as the issue brings readers a delightfully action-packed narrative.
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