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Justice League #43

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By Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok & Brad Anderson

Well, it’s finally happened…Bat-God has officially become part of DC’s canon! Bruce has taken his seat upon the Mobius Chair, replacing Metron, to find out the answers to all the necessary questions the Justice League has. Scot Free (Mister Miracle) escapes Myrina Black and joins up with the League as they prepare to stop what looks to be the inevitable clash of the two devastatingly dark titans: The Anti-Monitor and Darkseid. Meanwhile, Superman and Lex Luthor try to navigate their way off the planet Apokolips, while dealing with their desperate inhabitants…

DC just needs to give Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson a New Gods book to work on. Their artistic collaboration is just absolutely sublime! Each and every character has such presence and detail, even odd ones such as Kalibak, who has a stunningly ominous full-page shot. The background is flush with color, setting the mood and making every panel pop off the page. Anderson, seems to craftily make sure that the facial expressions and subtle details are never lost in the image. Needless to say, everyone should take their time going through this comic and enjoy all the art has to offer. Combined with the intense, pitch-perfect dialog of Geoff Johns, the material just organically forces readers to feel the full weight of the story. Honestly, I’m surprised DC didn’t just label this “The Darkseid Crisis” because, so far, this storyline deserves that moniker.

Of course, Johns makes sure that character development is never overshadowed by the impressive events of a story. By placing Batman on the literal pedestal of the Mobius Chair, he is able to shine a light on certain character flaws in him. It creates a new dynamic within the team, which is something that Geoff continually does to keep this title fresh and intriguing. He also puts characters together that the audience hasn’t necessarily seen before or in some time. Being able to see how Bat-God and Hal Jordan interact will no doubt be a real hoot! How the writing and art team inch ever closer to the actual Darkseid War is a fascinating example of building tension and powerful storytelling.

This is another stellar chapter in “The Darkseid War”! It’s hard to imagine anyone not reading this phenomenal issue, especially if they’ve been following the story. This series continues to be a must-buy!

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