Justice League 3001 #7 and #8 from DC Comics -
The Justice League is dead. Again. Almost a thousand years ago, the Justice League was destroyed by a deranged Lois Lane. Almost two years ago, they were resurrected - kind of. Genetically engineered samples of their DNA were injected into various subjects, making these volunteers host bodies for the minds and powers of the long dead legends - kind of. Now, a deadly, new threat, The Lord of All, Lady Styx, has taken over the entire galaxy with the aid of her nearly unstoppable android army called the Scullions. In her first overt act to take the galaxy, she had her androids seek out and decimate the League's most powerful: Superman, Batman and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan). Remaining are Fire and Ice, survivors of the original JL, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern (Guy Gardner in a woman's body), and the Flash - all genetically-engineered hosts...And there is Supergirl, the real Kara Zor-El who awakened in a future world she doesn't understand, and doesn't like. At all. These survivors are joined by Tina Sung, the Batgirl, brilliant descendant of Bruce Wayne. Outnumbered and overpowered, the survivors of the JL are hiding out on Takron Galtos, a prison planet once known as Earth. Emotionally scarred, and very scared, the League lives under the radar, seeking a way to defeat Lady Styx and her army of invincible Scullions, all while looking for Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, two more time-misplaced originals, who are hiding out somewhere on Takron Galtos as well. Will they overcome their pain and fear and topple this deranged galactic dictator, or will they fall by her hand...or by each other's hands?
Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis have consistently written this book well, easily making it one of the best books that DC is publishing today. It's also one of the most underrated. These writers are the masters of the tight story arc driven forward by great interpersonal and internal strife, stellar dialogue and pure zaniness and fun. This book has upended the future of the DCU, and slyly given us an all female Justice League in the process. This is simply great writing which throws everything we think we know about the DCU into a blender, making a sweet concoction of the exact same elements mixed totally in a new, original, and fresh way. So tasty. Our favorite heroes have returned in different bodies (sometimes of the opposite gender), only to die again - it looks like K.G, and J.D.M have effectively created a book not tied strictly to DCU canon, a book in which the story itself is the main focus, so no one is ever truly safe, and nothing is ever as you think it is going to be. Talk about exciting!
RATING: 10 out of 10. Justice League 3001 is CONSISTENTLY on fire, full of futuristic thrills and fun.