Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Justice League #74 Review

This Looks Like A Job For... Naomi!

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Szymon Kudranski, Emanuela Lupacchino, Wade Von Grawbadger, Hi-Fi, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 15, 2022

It's finally the end of Bendis' run on the Justice League and with that, we're going to conclude our Xanadoth story, where previously I thought that Bendis would use this time to really flesh out this new villain that was the original Lord of Chaos because where the character was introduced in his Superman run it really didn't seem like there was enough time to make this character memorable. Well, I was wrong and instead of that, we have Xanadoth taking possession of Black Adam, saying she has a connection with Madame Xanadu, while Nabu makes us realize that like always in Bendis books, Naomi is the most important character there is. Let's jump into this issue and see how this story and run concludes. Let's check it out.

So with all those things that I talked about in the opening paragraph, how much do you think we'd explore in this issue where Xanadoth is trying to take over the world with chaos? You see, maybe one aspect of this book that may have been interesting was putting a connection between Xanadoth and Madame Xanadu, but even that aspect seems to have been a joke because when the moment in this book comes that we would have gotten an explanation, Xanadoth actually stops herself and says, "I don't have to explain myself". There's just not anything all that remotely interesting in this book where we get page after page of backward magic that at some point starts saying Black Adam Possession Complete and somehow this separates Black Adam from Xanadoth.... but really, I don't get it.

While I was a fan of the art in the previous issues of this arc, this one is so washed out by the blues and reds in the coloring that I really had trouble following the story, knowing what character was what, and ultimately, like you'd imagine if you've read any of Bendis' Justice League, Naomi is the lynchpin to the story that saves everyone while adding a new facet to her Omega Level power. The only thing that felt like it may have gone anywhere in this issue, beyond the setup of the connection between Xandoth and Xanadu was something that Constantine was trying to say about the balance of Order and Chaos and how Xanadoth's plan didn't make sense but like everything else in this book..... it didn't matter.

All in all, I found the art in this book to be a mess for the majority of the issue because nothing felt defined. Everything was washed out by the color and I couldn't tell what was happening at times or who was doing it and it didn't help that some of the backward magic, which a few people were using didn't seem like it would do what they wanted it to do. On top of that... Naomi is the best there is at everything she does in the DC Universe, even though she's only been on the Justice League.... in this run.... for a week. She's still new and somehow I'm completely over her and would have liked an actual story instead of the continued attempt to make people like Naomi for no real good reason. So yeah, the art was questionable at times and the story was really non-existent...... Makes sense that we have to kill off the Justice League in the next issue because we need to rebuild this series from the ground up at this point.

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Bits and Pieces:

While you may have found something in this Justice League arc interesting and thought that maybe a deeper dive into those concepts would make a cool story, what you get for an ending is Naomi saving the day while everything else is thrown away to say that Naomi is the greatest. The art in this issue is rough and the story is ridiculous, but hey, at least it's over.


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