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Written By: Geoff Johns Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: August 19, 2015
Shit Just Got Real!
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Oh man, the Darkseid War is on and after this issue, I don't think that anything will be the same. I'm getting ahead of myself though. First let's talk about got us here just in case you decided not to pick up this title and really, besides for not having any cash, there isn't much of an excuse because this is what everyone should be reading. In the previous issue we had our heroes boom tubed out of harm's way by Metron and after they pried him off his Mobius Chair, Batman took the seat and became that all fabled Bat God that people always complain that writers make him out to be. This is the genuine article though. Besides for that, we had Scot Free meet Myrina Black and we found out that Myrina plans on Earth being destroyed in the battle between the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid......which isn't the best plan in my opinion and Superman and Lex Luthor found themselves on Apokolips. Big things are ahead so let's dive in and check it out.
I'll begin the Explain It! section with our heroes on Earth......well, our heroes at the Rock of Eternity, where Batman is getting all the information he possibly can, but for some reason the Mobius Chair won't give him any information about the Anti-Monitor. So besides for knowing that Darkseid's coming is eminent........ .like a virgin on Prom Night, there isn't much to be gleamed from the chair's infinite knowledge.............. at least on their end..... We're special because we know some shit already. The chair does allow our heroes to get completely filled in on who Grail is and what she's about without having to sacrifice page upon page to exposition and when Mister Miracle shows up at the Rock of Eternity, Batman's quickly able to tell everyone his deal. You know what? I think we need a Mobius Chair in every comic so we can just get on with things instead of having clunky dialog forcing it's way in so everyone knows what going down. Thank you Mobius Chair, you've revolutionized things in a ways I never imagined. Anyway, once Scot shows up, he raises an interesting question about Batman being on the Mobius Chair. He wants to know if Metron tricked the League into pulling him off and Batman taking his place and even though everyone else kind of dismisses it, that seems like a valid question...... especially since everyone seems worried as shit that Batman might be a little compromised now that he has ultimate knowledge and refuses to get off the comfy seat. With all those questions burning in my mind, Batman decides that the League should go back after Grail while he travels the Multiverse in search of information about the Anti-Monitor.......... yeah, that all sounds terribly painful for our heroes. So Batman along with Green Lantern who forced his way in on the road trip boom tube away, while the rest of our heroes boom tube right back into the path of danger.
Before our heroes can get back to battling Grail and the Anti-Monitor, we see that Grail has created a blood spell that acts as a homing point for a mother box and actually calls Darkseid to her location and the dark lord doesn't disappoint his baby girl....... hell, he even brought Kalibak with him for a little family reunion. Immediately, Darkseid and Anti-Monitor begin going after one another and our heroes ask the acting leader Wonder Woman what they should do........ and really, it looks like Diana's dumbstruck. We have a little inner monologue about picking the lesser of two evils, but it doesn't look like she actually knows who that is but nonetheless, she leads her team into battle and I guess they'll just go after who ever picks a fight with them first.
In the end, Superman and Lex Luthor traverse Apokolips looking for a mother box to get home, when the slaves that Darkseid has sent out to kill Superman begin their attack. It's at this point when we realize that Superman went and got depowered really fast here and even though Lex is saying it's because there isn't a sun, this is the fastest that I've ever seen Superman lose his powers. Lex flies the two away from the slaves and before they could get surrounded by more forces of Darkseid, Lex tells Superman and I guess us, that the fire pits give off solar energy and drops Superman into one........ This sounds like nonsense to me, but Superman does get all powered up.......... just not the way Lex......or us for that matter really expected. Somehow Superman has now been imbued with an evil energy and he flies out of the fire pit all "super-ed" up and on a quest to kill Lex Luthor.
That's it for this issue of Justice League and man was it just chock full of awesomeness. I'm a huge Geoff Johns fan boy and I'm not just talking about my stature. It's because of issues like this that I'm not ashamed express my fanaticism because Johns once again has knocked it out of the park. He is just a master of telling epic stories that really grab you, shake the shit out of you and then yell "pay attention" and after something like that, you're too shocked not to do what it says. Every bit of the story that we've been given so far is explored further here and besides for Superman's quick depowerment and the fire pits being a source of solar radiation out of nowhere, I loved the whole thing. the art is as fantastic as you've come to expect from Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson's colors are perfect. By the end of the issue you only want more.......... So hurry up DC and give us more!
Bits and Pieces:
If you haven't already jumped on the Darkseid War trolley, then this issue should really persuade you to get on board. Besides for some bits about Superman that I don't agree with, this issue was beyond fantastic. Between the epic story taking place and the excellent art all the way through, Justice League is an issue that you won't want to miss.