Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Justice League: Last Ride #6 Review


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Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Miguel Mendonca
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 12, 2021

I haven't been as big a fan as most when it comes to this Zdarsky joint, but it only takes a solid ending to change that.  Hopefully, this penultimate issue gets things rolling for me and sets up a strong finish that makes this one a winner.  Do we get that in this issue?  Let's find out...

Chip Zdarsky doesn't waste any time getting to the twists and reveals in this issue.  I don't want to spoil too much, but we find out what Darkseid's ultimate plan is, and I was pretty damn surprised.  Sure, some of my shock was because of the reveal seemingly coming out of nowhere, but the more I thought about it, there was a bit of setup to it.  Not a whole lot, but a bit.

The beginning sets up a balls to the wall issue where the Justice League has to kick ass and think on their feet as they battle baddies on all fronts while still protecting Lobo...kind of. Of course, that's another spoiler, but it's safe to say that almost everyone in this book seems to have a side-plan that pops up here.  Batman even jumps in and reveals he does a little day trading on the side himself!

This series has been all about showing that a divided Justice League is a bad Justice League, and what better way to stress that than to remind the reader how great they are when united.  We finally get that here as the League gathers and decides what they need to do to win.  There's a deal with the devil vibe going on, but everyone in the universe has played the League for fools so desperate times...

The issue ends with Diana and Clark battling Granny Goodness and Darkseid, leading to a surprise cliffhanger I didn't see coming.  If someone was going to win the day for the Justice League, Zdarsky picked a doozy here.

I liked this issue.  Sure, some of the plot resolution and progression were a bit forced, but it was forced in a good direction, so I will take that as a win.  The art was good throughout, and the large cast of characters is always cool to see.  I am excited to see what happens in the next issue's finale, so I guess I am finally onboard the Last Ride Trolley. 

Bits and Pieces:

Justice League Last Ride #6 sets up a bombastic finale with twists and turns I didn't see coming.  It may have taken me a bit longer to get invested in this story, but it is better late than never.


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