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‘Justice League Incarnate’ #1 is big, bright, and epic

‘Justice League Incarnate’ sets out to cure the very sick multiverse.

Spinning out of Infinite Frontier #6, the DC Comics’ multiverse is in disarray and naturally, a multiversal Justice League is the only solution. If you’re looking for big stakes and the kind of story only comics can deliver, you’ve come to the right place. We’re talking characters fighting in the rubble of a dead city, characters teleporting in and out of action, and the immense amount of continuity coming to bear on the reader. It’s a new era for DC Comics that now welcomes all of the multiverses as real and true making this a delight on a scale that’s rare these days.

It’s been a minute since Infinite Frontier so it took some getting used to the general vibe of this book. This issue opens on Earth-8 and the Retaliators, who are basically the Avengers of DC Comics. Enter Doctor Multiverse, who informs them the multiverse is sick not moments before a full-on invasion takes place from a crack in the sky. Right off the bat, it’s clear this is a five-issue series that’ll be most enjoyed by fans who understand all the minutia of Big-Two comics history, but also love in-your-face action and epic scale.

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That isn’t to say this comic isn’t entertaining on its own terms, though. Josh Williamson and Dennis Culver keep the plot moving forward by introducing a speedster of Earth-0 who replaced her multiverse’s Flash, do well to explain in layman’s terms the problem of the sick multiverse and how to solve it, as well as offer up an epic battle that’d suit the ending of an event. There’s a lot here to sink your teeth into.

It can feel a bit incomprehensible, all told, especially since the story is using lesser-known multiverse characters. I’d read a book about Captain Carrot any day, but even with President Superman and a Flashpoint-looking Batman firmly present, there are a lot of heroes that are rather unfamiliar. Your interest in these characters, and whether they live or die, will vary either by how familiar you are or how much you like the melodrama of everything ending. There are a lot of moving parts that can make your head spin, but this is also a type of superhero story that aligns well with that.

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So is she a Captain Marvel homage or a Quasar homage? Or neither?
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The main characters of this series appear to be Doctor Multiverse and Avery Ho, as the former gives us information and Avery ends up being the point of view character. With so many characters being juggled, they can get a bit lost in the narrative. That said, both are strong, well-written, and easy to relate to.

The art team is a major reason for their relatability as Andrei Bressan, Brandon Peterson, and Tom Derenick all give ample emotion and relatable reactions to some of the most bonkers things. Overall the art styles meld well enough though you can tell when the artist changes. There’s a lot of good energy projection by color artist Hi-Fi and they give the book a super bright comic book feel. Given the over-the-top story in this book, the reactions suit the book, although there are a few shocked or angered expressions that are downright silly looking.

Justice League Incarnate #1 is a strong start thanks to Doctor Multiverse and Avery Ho being well written and relatable. Given they exist in a narrative that spans multiverses, fight an all-out war on the rubble of a fallen city, and encounter many colorful characters, that is saying a lot. Justice League Incarnate gives nearly everything you want from a superhero epic. It’s big, bright, and one of the most unique comics experiences out right now.

'Justice League Incarnate' #1 is big, bright, and epic
‘Justice League Incarnate’ #1 is big, bright, and epic
Justice League Incarnate #1
Justice League Incarnate #1 is a strong start thanks to Doctor Multiverse and Avery Ho being well written and relatable. Given they exist in a narrative that spans multiverses, fight an all-out war on the rubble of a fallen city, and encounter many colorful characters, that is saying a lot. Justice League Incarnate gives nearly everything you want from a superhero epic. It's big, bright, and one of the most unique comics experiences out right now.
Reader Rating1 Vote
9.2
Epic in scale, there isn't a comic like this out right now
The two main characters are relatable which is saying something with a story like this
Lots of action with bright colors and a good vibe
Can feel confusing with so many characters popping in and out
Hard to care about all the "good guys" some of which aren't immediately familiar if you're not a die-hard reader
8
Good

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