Writers: Joshua Williamson and Dennis Culver / Artists: Chris Burnham, Mike Norton, Andrei Bressan, and Hi-Fi / DC Comics
Justice League Incarnate #4 retells DC’s biggest events from across the decades and gives them new meaning within the context of this new multiverse in Infinite Frontier.
About 1/3rd of the issue is narrated with very little dialogue, as we travel through some of the most important moments that have ever graced the pages of a DC Comics book, illustrated from this issue talented carousel of artists in Burnham, Norton, and Bressan. We go from Crisis on Infinite Earths to Dark Knights: Metal, with a collection of some of the most beautiful imagery I’ve seen in a comic in a while, especially when every page almost one-ups the other.
We’ve only got one more issue in this series, so it makes sense why we’re getting this information dump now. Williamson and Co. want to make room in the final issue for all of the action we could ever want, and a satisfying resolution, while also setting up what’s to come for these characters and what the aftermath of these events look like.
Reading Justice League Incarnate #4 felt a lot like reading old comics from the ’70s and ’80s. Just incredibly fantastical images coupled with a thick, magical language. It’s the type of storytelling that set comics apart back in the day from other mediums, and it was cool to see Williamson and the artists try to tap into that for this issue. It’s one of the things that makes their traveling through the past of these stories feel believable. They could have just as easily given us all this through exposition, but having the art mimic those original stories, and the writing is reminiscent of classic comic narration, really hit home the feeling that I was visiting these moments within the context of the DC Universe.
Not everyone will pick up on that, but if you know these stories, jumping back to them will feel like a blast from the past.
8 Classic Cosmic Events out of 10
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