Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #3 Review


Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Cover Price: $3.99

I am a huge Chip Zdarsky fan, but I haven't fully gotten on board with this book for some reason.  It might be because it's an out-of-continuity story when I am desperate to know what the new continuity and timeline are all about, but I think there is more to it.  Unfortunately, I think it's that I'm bored with this story.  I don't care much about the League hiding Lobo, and while the mystery of what tore the League apart is intriguing, I don't think that can sustain a mini-series on its own.  So, do we get something to hook me in this finally in this issue?  Let's find out...

We open with the League getting Lobo to Apokolips, and they make quick work of where to put him.  Lobo feels more like a story mechanism than a character in this series, and that's even more obvious here.   There isn't much for Lobo to do in this issue except throw shade at Superman later while attracting all the evil of the Universe towards our heroes.

Our heroes don't have a ton to do either.  They sit around a campfire, mention things that make them awesome (it's a battle of who is the coolest sleeper or non-sleeper) until they get word that trouble is on the way.  Hal gets the info from his fellow Green Lanterns, while Batman gets it from a dream.  Yep... It's all set up for another dust-up between Batman and Superman before Wonder Woman has to step in and tell them both to shut up and suit up.

The issue ends with everyone preparing for a big fight and Superman trying to get his head straight by talking to Lois.

I am still not into this book.  There is nothing here to grab me at all, and I am sick and tired of hearing people say this is good because Bendis' Justice League is terrible.  I agree that Bendis' book is bad, but I also think this isn't so hot.  The art is okay, but the slow burn is putting me to sleep, and as I said above, the mystery of what happened to Martian Manhunter is not making it any more exciting to read.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League Last Ride continues to be a challenging read for me.  I can't figure out the purpose of this book besides boring me with its slow pace and forced character moments. I am a Chip Zdarsky fan, just not a  fan of this book.


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