Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Justice League #68 Review

Leviathan 2.Oh No!

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ram V
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Josh Reed, Sumit Kumar, Nick Filardi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 28, 2021

Synmar Utopica is trapped in the Phantom Zone, the battle is over and now all our heroes have to worry about is the United Order getting violent in their attempt to confiscate the Phantom Zone Projector from the Justice League. Beyond that, our JLD are dealing with Merlin in Atlantis where the ancient wizard plans on gaining even more power for his possible evil means and it's up to Zatanna to stand in his way. Let's jump into this issue and see if the Justice League Dark backup continues to be the only reason to pick this series up. Let's check it out.

So now that Bendis is done showing us that his villain from his Superman run, Synmar Utopica is completely unstoppable and needs to be sent to the Phantom Zone, we now leave that story behind and realize that the next thing we're dealing with is Checkmate and the next threat after Leviathan...... a possible Leviathan 2.0, which I'm sure will lead to a lackluster mystery to figure out who's behind it only to discover that the reveal means nothing to no one, but the big gimmick this time instead of showing organizations in the DC Universe going down is......... dudes dressed up like Deathstroke, who are trying to kill Leonardo Lane..... Fuck this title sucks. If that description wasn't enough to make you think that there's nothing to this series, the other bit that we deal with is a nothing standoff between the United Order and the Justice League and then after that, we talk about how our heroes need to build a new Hall of Justice that will inspire a new generation, only for Superman and The Flash to finish the rebuild in a matter of moments. Yuck.

As for the JLD backup, we see our heroes face off against Merlin in Atlantis, where we've previously learned that Zatanna is holding the essence of the Upside Down Man and if she uses too much power, it will bring the monster back to the surface. Well, it seems that might just be what Merlin wants. Yeah, this is an interesting chapter to our story and while it's cool to see a continuation of what came before, I don't know if I'm ready to see the Upside Down Man again for how long we had him previously.

All in all, the art in this issue is fantastic between both stories and I'm happy as hell that Scott Godlewski is back on this title because I had at least something nice to look at as I tried to get my way through Bendis' nonsense. We have all the World's Greatest Heroes at our disposal and all Bendis wants to do is elevate the stuff that he's previously come up with that didn't work then and nobody wanted and now all he's really doing is making the heroes and villains that we actually care about look stupid along the way and I'm just really tired of it because this should be DC's flagship book but it's just become something to skip entirely....... that is, if you didn't care about the Justice League Dark, which I do and a lot of others do as well and this installment continued to be something that I look forward to even if I'm a little wary of seeing the Upside Down Man again.

Bits and Pieces:

While the Justice League Dark story was fun and the art was great throughout both stories in this book, the main Justice League part of this series just continues to disappoint as we make the heroes that we want to see look bad and focus more on Bendis' creations that never felt thought out and always come off as ridiculous. Not only do we have to deal with nonsense Checkmate stuff in its own book this week but we have to do it again in this book and it's just too much nonsense for one week.


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