Justice League #33
By Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Keith Champagne & Andrew Dalhouse
The fight between the League and the Doom Patrol for Jessica Cruz or rather Power Ring concludes. Dr. Caulder and Luthor debate on whose ideology is justified and who should possess the ring, while the rest of the team tries to subdue Caulder’s group. Also, a final decision is reached about Lex’s status as a full member of the Justice League.
The issue initially looked to be all just action beats, which is okay considering the adversaries the League is facing, but that would hinder the book from being emotionally captivating. Then, Geoff Johns delivers the biggest punch of all, in only three pages, when Bruce confronts Jessica Cruz. Amidst gorgeous emerald flames, colored by Andrew Dalhouse, Batman makes a stand. Doug Mahnke, who is no stranger to depicting the Bat, along with Keith Champagne’s inking, beautifully renders the panels with iconic postures and facial expressions. The way Doug animates the cape will send chills down the spine.
The other fascinating aspect of the issue is how subtly (some will argue to the contrary) Johns illustrates that Luthor will never truly be a hero because of his egotism and selfishness. Pay close attention to the confrontation between the Chief and Lex. Also a key element is that Geoff highlights with Bruce’s words, not actions, what makes a true hero. I’ll be surprised if readers don’t get choked up reading this.
This is another fantastic issue in the current Justice League run. There’s action, heart, and depth – something for every type of reader! Also, if you are a Doom Patrol fan, this is a no brainer. I highly recommend this book.