Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Justice League #75 Review

Death Is Only The Beginning

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Taragona, Matt Herms, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: April 26, 2022

It's finally here. Not only are we looking at the finale to our current Justice League series, but Joshua Williamson is making sure that it goes out with a bang... with the Death of the Justice League. Yeah, as comic book fans we look at titles like this and we mostly shake our heads because we're used to the word "death" not meaning much when it comes to comics, but let's hold our skepticism for a second so that we can look at this title of "Death of the Justice League" and simply know that while it's promising something that will never happen, it's mostly just trying to set a mood for what to expect from the next big thing coming out of DC Comics... Dark Crisis. Let's jump into this issue and see what happens to our greatest heroes as they come face to face with the soldier of the Great Darkness. Let's check it out.

For this issue we get to see the selection of Justice League members, whether they were a part of the previous roster of this title or not, that the Justice Incarnate grab to help them fight against Pariah and the Great Darkness. Our heroes include, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, John Stewart, Zatanna, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Hawkgirl, Black Adam, and Black Canary.... with the added bonus of Green Arrow grabbing Dinah before she was teleported to the House of Heroes, so even though our Multiversal protectors didn't plan on grabbing Oliver Queen, we get the Emerald Archer as well.... which is odd because, beyond the idea of him making sure that he's not separated from his love, Dinah Lance, his participation in this battle does have a pinnacle moment, but who was grabbed and or not grabbed by Justice Incarnate seems strange overall.

Ultimately though, this issue shows our heroes from Earth-0 and the House of Heroes going to a strange landscape and being told what is happening with the Great Darkness and what it means to the Multiverse..... but since we are promised that our current heroes are going to be taken out of the picture, this exposition is really for us, the reader and this finale issue to the Justice League series and the prologue to the Dark Crisis to come is just wiping our greatest heroes off the board, while making sure we know what's to come now that the Great Darkness is awake, Pariah wanting to destroy the Multiverse for better things to come and what it means that the greatest foes of our Justice League are now puppets of that Great Darkness. Not to mention we discover how the rest of our heroes on Earth-0 discover what's coming and what happened to their friends and family..... who we call the World's Greatest Superheroes.

All in all, this is a good prologue to what's to come with Dark Crisis where it seemingly does what it promises for the time being, but with the recaps in this issue to what we got from Infinite Frontier and Justice League Incarnate, this issue mostly acts as a way to catch people up who might have not read those books or acts as a simple reminder for those who did. Even though the word "Death" is overused throughout comics to get hype for the product and we never assume that it will actually stick, with what we learned from the leadups to this book with what happened to Barry Allen, I think we can safely say we know what happened to the majority of our Justice League in this book...... That being said though, there does appear to be a death here that will rock a fanbase if it sticks..... but like with most heroes right now, we've seen this character die before and I can only hope we see him back again. The art in this issue is great throughout and you get your obligatory superhero vs. villain battles to show us the threat to come. Even though this looks pretty dire by the end of things, since a lot of the book is a recap for the reader, this isn't a story that will totally blow you away though. That doesn't take away from the fact that it's still good though.

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Bits and Pieces:

With great art throughout, this issue will for the most part, in the context of the story deliver what it promised...... even more for a certain character and it acts as a great prologue to what's to come, even if it is bogged down a bit with the recap. I look forward to Dark Crisis and with our main players incapacitated, for the time being, I can't wait to see how the rest of the DC Universe answers the threat when they're called upon. 


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