By Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke, Scott Hana & Rod Reis
It is strongly suggested that readers complete Forever Evil before picking up this issue. What takes place in the book is a direct result of the conclusion of the mini-series. Lex Luthor seems to have achieved one of his primary goals: having society trust him over Superman. Due to this, he is able to gain leverage over the entire League.
Geoff Johns proved in Forever Evil how much he understands Lex’s character and motivations. It’s fascinating to see what the world is like when he has actually succeeded in becoming the center of praise and admiration once again, albeit under unforeseen events. Also, this seems like the next logical step plot-wise for this title. The heroes have been shown battling various rogues and what resolutions or consequences have come from them. What would be next…hmmm? The answer Geoff arrived at is: what happens when a super villain joins the league…better yet, leads it? This opens up so much potential for character development and relationship dynamics. This was such a brilliant idea and I can’t wait to see where Justice League goes from here.
The pencil duties are split between two of Johns’ usual collaborators. The transition is seamless between Rod Reis and Doug Mahnke, which is very impressive. Ivan Reis had some of the more memorable pages in the book. Seeing the new host of the power ring and the full-page shot on the last page are just phenomenal work. These two pages are also great examples of the shadows done by Scott Hana and the atmospheric coloring by Rod Reis. There is nothing better than a a strong creative art team.
This issue is another great installment in this flagship title. Absolutely worth the read!!