Justice League #42
By Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok & Brad Anderson
The intense event taking place within the pages of Justice League, “The Darkseid War”, continues to deliver on the scope and magnitude that the premise promises. In the second installment of the story arc, Superman and Lex Luthor have been transported to the last place they would ever want to be. Meanwhile, the rest of the League comes face to face with the Anti-Monitor for the first time and they are unprepared for what he and Grail represent as Darkseid readies his forces…
This is a book that every page deserves time to digest. Geoff Johns chooses his words and imagery carefully and merits close attention. When he name drops characters within the DCU or has a panel of a character that hasn’t been seen in while, there is a purpose; no matter how extraneous it may seem. This method of foreshadowing is what makes Johns’ writing so engrossing and detailed. Also, this shows how deeply the material is researched. There are nods to classic Wonder Woman stories, which only serve to enrich the narrative considering that this arc is deeply rooted in the mythos of Diana and the Amazons. Perhaps most importantly though, he gives the artists plenty of leeway to strut their stuff and deliver amazing pages.
Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson are a perfect artistic duo. Fabok creates some of the most gorgeous and intricate artwork that I have ever seen. There are several panels sprawling between two pages throughout this issue that depict the grandiose nature of the arc. Whether it be the Anti-Monitor facing off against the Justice League or Myrina Black having a conversation in her grand temple, the effort and attention completely comes through. To be able to color such detailed work is a rare feat as well. Anderson brings a brilliant sheen to every page, but also never loses the lines or finer attributes of the panels. There are numerous close-ups within this book and they have such amazing facial features that really showcase the characters’ emotions. There is so much to take in that readers just need to experience this spellbinding work for themselves.
This title continues to be a must-read and in the more than capable hands of this team, the book shines brighter than ever. Even if this isn’t a major crossover or “crisis” event, “Darkseid War” easily ranks up there and it’s only two issues in. The end of this issue will leave fans begging for issue 43…There’s a new god in town! Pick up this book as soon as possible in any format available!