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COMIC PICK OF THE WEEK: Justice League #41

COMIC PICK OF THE WEEK: Justice League #41

Robin Adam
[intro-text size=”25px”]If you read comics long enough you realize that the major “summer blockbuster” events are cyclical and given enough time, that cycle comes back around, leaving very little new ground to tread. So when DC announced “Darkseid War” as their big summer event, I held no expectations that it would be worth the hype.

Boy, was I wrong.[/intro-text]

“Darkseid War Part I” begins within the pages of Justice League #41, written by Geoff Johns with art by Jason Fabok. A treat for both dedicated fans and new readers, this oversized issue delivered a bang-up opening salvo for the war from cover to cover. What made this issue stand head and shoulders above other events both within the company and from their main competitors, Marvel Comics, was how seamlessly Johns was able to insert his vision of the Justice League within a believable real world setting. When the stakes are literally earth-shattering the drama only registers if the reader feels a connection to that earth, effectively bringing them into the story.

We open with a subtle homage to Terminator 2 with the bad guys tracking and callously murdering a woman because of her name, only to have slain the wrong ‘Sarah Conner’. Sensing that the killers were not of this world, the Justice League hits the crime scene in a forensics sweep that would put any variation of CSI to shame. What is novel about this quiet scene are the ways that the heroes employ their powers to investigate the crime scene. The Flash can run DNA samples faster than they finish asking him to, Cyborg is a walking internet, Wonder Woman uses her lasso as a polygraph, Green Lantern runs spectral analysis with his ring, and Batman, well, Batman is Batman, ‘nuff said.

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Cutting across the galaxy to the hell-world of Apocalypse we visit Mister Miracle—an escape artist and refugee from the planet (and personal favorite of mine,) who is in a desperate race to reach earth and warn our heroes of the impending assault on their planet, conveniently tied to the murderers they are on the trail of. It does not take long for everything to go wrong for the league—I think around the time a demon woman literally materialized and leapt out of the Flash’s mouth (yeah, I’m not even going to try to figure out how that works), but it looks jacked up. I won’t get into the minutia of every story beat here but suffice to say, Johns and Fabok lay out a stunning first issue of a summer event that is jaw-dropping, not only in its meticulously detailed artwork, but also in its bombastic pacing that never lets off the throttle. If you’ve ever had an affinity for DC’s heavy hitters, or if you merely want to read something colorful that will hold your attention and steal your breath, Justice League # 41 is the issue for you!

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