JUSTICE LEAGUE #41
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: June 3, 2015
Buckle up and get ready for the biggest event DC Comics has unleashed since the beginning of the New 52. The Darkseid War is here.
Geoff Johns is no stranger to working on big events, and it shows with this issue of Justice League. This is the work of a season veteran who is ready to let one hell of a big story loose upon the world, and this issue feels like a fantastic lead in to some massive events. Justice League #41 isn’t purely lead-in, as some major events are exposed and readers get to see how big an event this is going to be. The forces of Darkseid and of the Anti-Monitor are ready to battle to the death, and what role the League will play in that has yet to be determined, but damn….do I ever want to find out.
Johns unfolds this story like a master, with his pacing absolutely fantastic and major events dropping at precisely the proper time. The issue never feels rushed and there is a lot of story in here, warranting the $4.99 price tag. Each of the members of the league are given adequate page time and with every single page flip I was drawn deeper into this tale. The ties to Themyscira and Apokolips are extremely interesting and Johns has set up a situation that will challenge the heavy hitters of the Justice League immensely. This is bigger than Forever Evil. This is bigger than the first battles with Darkseid. This story is epic and while we’re just in the early stages, Johns has me craving more.
Well, Johns and Jason Fabok have me craving more. Johns’ writing is fantastic and Fabok’s art is absolutely amazing. He does not falter in a single panel and this comic is exploding with amazing superhero artwork. The layouts are interesting and lend themselves to maximum dramatic effect and when Fabok unleashed a splash panel, I damn near gasped every time. The power in these characters is obvious in his artwork and I do not believe I’ve seen Darkseid appear this powerful in a very long time. He’s a powerhouse and he owns the page, but Fabok’s Mister Miracle steals the show. He and Diana are going to be the favourites of this war if my gut tells me anything, and Fabok handles both characters brilliantly. Justice League has featured some heavyweight artists over the past few years, but I can’t recall any bringing as high quality artwork to the title as Fabok is.
Justice League #41 is an amazing read and an easy place to dive into this war. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys epic superhero tales, and if Justice League has fallen from your pull list in recent months, now is the time to re-add this book. Excellent writing, flawless artwork and massive events featuring the biggest characters in the DCU are found in this comic and I can’t wait for the next chapter of The Darkseid War.
The Verdict: 10/10