Wednesday, September 9, 2015



[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

WRITER: Geoff Johns
ART: Jason Fabok
COLORS: Brad Anderson
LETTERS: Rob Leigh
COVER: Jason Fabok with Brad Anderson
VARIANT COVERS: David Finch and Jonathan Glapion with Brad Anderson (Joker 75th Anniversary Cover)
48pp, Color, $4.99 U.S. (August 2015)

Rated “T” for “Teen”

“The Darkseid War” Chapter One: “God vs. Man”

I picked up the forty-first issue of Justice League because it was the first “DCYou” issue, but I had no intention of reviewing it.  However, I enjoyed it so much that I had to share the good news.  Could we have what is the beginnings of a second Justice League creative dream team?  Writer Geoff Johns, artist Jason Fabok, colorist Brad Anderson, and letterer Rob Leigh might make the answer in the affirmative.

Justice League #41 (The Darkseid War Chapter One: “God vs. Man”) opens with two mysterious figures (Kanto and Lashina) in the midst of an apparent killing spree.  Meanwhile, Mister Miracle is trying to discover what Darkseid is up to.

Steve Trevor is with the Justice LeagueWonder Woman, Batman, Cyborg, Flash, Shazam, and the Green Lanterns: Hal Jordan and Jessica Cruz, as they investigate a crime scene.  So why is the Justice League interested in what appears to be a mere homicide?  Meanwhile, Superman finds himself having to deal with Lex Luthor.  And who is Myrina Black?

“God vs. Man” is a first chapter that does not short the reader on awesome superhero fantasy-action theatrics.  Justice League #40 was the prelude to “The Darkseid War,” so issue #41 is free to go crazy, which writer Geoff Johns does.  I do get the feeling that Johns is going to do more than merely throw big fight scenes and spectacular sequences at us.  In this issue, he teases at the frailties, doubts, and past grievances and injuries of several of the characters.  My reading of it is that this big JL event will find much of its conflict originating from the interior lives of several of the main players.

I don't want to give short-shrift to artist Jason Fabok, because, as the artist, he is the “sequential artist” who builds that panels that we read and interpret.  I am still trying to get used to the idea of Fabok as the appropriate artist for a big superhero team book like Justice League.  His storytelling is good, but his style lacks the visual punch of someone like Jim Lee, who is perfect for a book like Justice League.  Still, I think Fabok could be the artist half of a memorable Justice League creative team.  “The Darkseid War” will tell if Fabok is the right guy.


Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux

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