Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE #49

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #49
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: April 27, 2016

Gods hammer the hell out of other Gods as the Syndicate’s dastardly plan begins to unfold. All hell’s breakin’ loose as The Darkseid War continues…

Geoff Johns uses this issue to transition into the big finale, with all the Gods now in play and the Syndicate’s machinations coming to fruition. They’ve been up to something since Forever Evil began, and it is finally coming to pass. The gravity of this event is apparent with each page, and the impending birth of Superwoman’s child while Luthor and Mobius beat each other senseless. Johns can write a brawl and his Luthor dialogue is great, but despite some huge events and big action, it does feel like a transition issue. Big things occur, don’t get me wrong, but those big things are the platform for the grand finale. The Darkseid War has yet to falter, and Johns really is going for broke here.

Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson continue their run of exceptional artwork, delivering huge images throughout this issue. The scope of this arc is batshit-crazy-huge and it is Fabok’s awesome pencil work and Anderson’s sharp colours that capture the magnitude of everything that is going on. Mobius and Luthor’s power ripples off of them, to the point where you can almost feel the energy leaping out at you from the page. The Syndicate look as menacing as ever, and this is, hands down, the best these characters have been rendered in the New 52. There isn’t a panel of bad artwork in this issue, and I’m excited to see what Fabok and Anderson are going to unleash to bring this gargantuan storyline home.

Justice League #49 is a good lookin’ comic that continues the explosive events of The Darkseid War with more Gods-smashin’-Gods mayhem…just the way I like it. Johns, Fabok and Anderson are a team that is on fire and this is a Justice League arc to be remembered.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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