Written by Jeff Loveness
Art by Robson Rocha
Published by DC Comics
Justice League #51 continues with their space adventures with Justice League running into the Black Mercy. Black Mercy, you ask?
Black Mercy first appeared way back in Alan Moore’s Superman story, “For The Man Who Has Everything.”
It was introduced as a plant/fungus that feeds off a host while putting the host in a dream state in which he receives his heart’s desire.
If you’re a creator coming into Justice League, and you’re deciding to use Black Mercy as your plot engine, you better have a good story to tell.
While returning to Earth, the League is pulled off course. At this point they are not even aware they’re drawn off course.
As they investigate, Batman and Superman recognize the Black Mercy. But by the time they realize it’s too late. By the looks of the last page, the Black Mercy maybe giving our heroes more than their ultimate dreams.
Jeff Loveness, who has written for Marvel and also Rick and Morty, is clear in his intention for the first part of this tale.
It’s all about mood. Do our heroes have regret that weighs them down? Is there a hole that the Black Mercy can fill? It’s setting up for potentially for a great tale.
Robson Rocha and Daniel Henriques art is creepy and atmospheric. They create a haunted planet in which danger can come out of any corner. It is no easy feat to make it feel as if the Justice League is in danger, but they accomplish that here.
When you’re reaching back to one of the great tales in Superman history, expectations can be high.
It’s too soon to tell if this story will be as memorable. But it’s certainly off to a good start.