Subway Shorts – Justice League 2

Lex Luthor shores up his Legion of Doom and introduces them to new forces of evil to battle the Justice League.

Justice League 2
Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils and Inks by Jorge Jimenez
Colors by Alejandro Sanchez

Scott Snyder does wild concepts pretty well, and he’s following up the craziness of his DARK NIGHTS: METAL miniseries by introducing new concepts to the DC Universe that I can see becoming parts of the mythos for a while, just like when Geoff Johns introduced the various colors of Lantern to the Green Lantern stories he told.

His second issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE focuses on Lex Luthor’s new LEGION OF DOOM, based in the old swampy headquarters from the old Super Friends cartoon. Snyder’s homage to the 1970s and 1980s TV series even has him bringing in members who were featured there. And now he’s giving them new powers.

For Gorilla Grodd, who was last seen trying to steal the Speed Force from THE FLASH, Lex gives a baby who is supposed to be the key to something called the Still Force. Former Green Lantern Sinestro sheds his yellow Sinestro Corps uniform to return to the iconic costume he wore from his creation in the 1960s up until Geoff Johns gave him a new vision. It probably helps that he also wore that original costume when he fought the Super Friends. But now, instead of a yellow ring from Qward, he’s the first Ultraviolet Lantern.

And that’s not even the craziest stuff in the issue. Batman uses Swamp Thing to create a plant hologram out of some alien flora to communicate with Green Lantern John Stewart to try and recruit him to the Justice League. Snyder is not holding back with the out there concepts.

The full reunion of the 2001 animated Justice League team will have to wait, though, as Stewart attacks the League wearing another Ultraviolet Lantern ring, setting up what will surely be some fun battles in the next issue.