Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #2 Review


Bombs Away

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 9, 2021

I am a huge fan of Chip Zdarsky and while I think it's kind of odd to release an Elseworlds Justice League story while we are still trying to wrap our head around the current Infinite Frontier continuity, I'm here for it.  So, let's jump into this issue and see how it goes...

The issue opens with a flashback showing the forces of Apokolips fighting our heroes on Earth, and while Wonder Woman looks incredible in her golden armor, things look grim.  As we cycle through Earth's heroes, it's obvious they are on the ropes.  It seems as if they are preparing for Darkseid sending his bombs through Boom Tubes, and it doesn't take long to see they weren't quick enough.

While that's going on, Batman and Martian Manhunter are trying to stop Darkseid by shutting down his control center, and Superman and Hal Jordan are fighting Parademons and protecting the Guardians.  It's all very fast-paced, and an average reader is going to burn through this in no time.

In my review of the first issue, I said that this seemed to be a spiritual successor to Zach Snyder's Justice League movie, and this issue makes me think that even more.

The Flashback ends with a badass entrance by Darkseid as we shift to the present with Batman, Wonder Woman, and Flash (Wally West) taking Lobo to Apokolips.  Lobo makes it very obvious that the Justice League has no idea what they're heading for, but Batman's in charge, right?  Zsarsky plays this well since he eluded that Batman's errors lead to Martian Manhunter's death, so why should we trust him here.

So everyone has something to do, John Stewart, Hal Jordan and Superman save an alien ship from a black hole and off we go to Lobo laughing at how stupid the Justice League are by the end.

This was a quick issue with some big feeling moments, but overall, it didn't progress the story much.  Miguel Mendonca's art is fantastic, and Chip Zdarsky has the character's voices down, but they don't do a whole lot in this issue.

Bits and Pieces:

I am still waiting for that moment where something clicks here that makes this a must-read for me.  It looks great, and there are some cool action scenes, but the overall story and mystery don't have me as intrigued as I think it's supposed to.  Overall, it's good so far when I expected great. But, I guess that's the price of expectation that Zdarsky's paying for being one of my favorite writers.


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