Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #5 Review


Get Over It!

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 15, 2021

We are into the second half of this story, and I am still waiting for something to grab me here. The mystery of what Batman did to Martian Manhunter seemed to have been solved and a letdown because it was nothing Batman did to Martian Manhunter.  I guess Superman disagrees, but he comes off in this book like a bit of a prick anyway, so who knows.  The end of the last issue was pretty cool, though, so I am looking forward to jumping into this month's issue.
The issue opens with a Brainiac-controlled Cyborg Superman descending on Flash and Superman all Road Warrior style, and while that sounds awesome, it doesn't live up to the hype here.  That's been my problem with this series since the beginning.  The actual thing is never as good as the setup.  That happens again in the issue with Mongul.  He is putting up a good fight with Wonder Woman and John Stewart until he is just pushed away into space.  

There is a cool thing with Hal and Batman, but that will need to wait until the next issue as we shift to the flashback part of the story, which has been my favorite.

While Superman is super pissed at Batman and telling him just that, Hal tries to save Oa and the Power Battery.  Remember, Superman up and left him to yell about Martian Manhunter, and I'm wondering why no one is calling him out for leaving Hal high and dry!  To make it worse, we saw what happened to Martian Manhunter, and it was a hero's sacrifice, which Batman says to Supes.  I hate to say it, but I am 100% #TeamBatman here!

Wonder Woman does show up and tells them to shut up and join the fight, and it is very Snydercut-esque, but doesn't last long enough to get any real feels out of it.  Then the issue ends with Darkseid again telling us he "is" and causing a real problem on Oa.

Well, I am still not hooked.  Big things happen, but Zdarsky never gives anything any breathing room, so it never feels as big as it should.  I still am trying to figure out why Superman is so upset, and the two narratives don't really come together to make a bigger story overall.  The art looks good, but this book is losing momentum with each issue, and with only two left, I think it will likely be a forgotten story by next Spring.

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League: Last Ride seems to be limping to the finish line, losing more and more momentum as it goes on.  This should be a big and exciting story, but the pacing is way off, and nothing ever gets a chance to shine.  The art is good, but it hasn't been as good as I was hoping it would be with two issues remaining.


No comments:

Post a Comment