Justice League #44
By Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok, & Brad Anderson
Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor finally trade blows in this epic showdown! As most the Justice League does its best to break-up the duel amidst a growing battlefield, Bruce and Hal journey to discover who the Anti-Monitor is and what his intentions are. Upon the Mobius Chair, Batman slowly discovers dangerous truths and the tide of the war takes a mind-blowing turn…
After reading each issue of this series, especially during this arc, readers likely took a large sigh of relief after holding their collective breath. There is so much content and intensity that one just gets lost in the comic and may forget to breathe. Geoff Johns masterfully hints at one of the big reveals and readers may be able to see it coming, but it still hits with full force. This is due in large part to the dramatic artwork of Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson. Johns succinctly explores the dynamic between Batman and Green Lantern and breaks down the emerald warrior to his core. This moment is even more fascinating considering it’s written by the person who brought Hal back to prominence. Within the character moments, the action beats work so well. They break up the scenes, but each of these potent panels delivers something crucial to the story.
The marvelous art team of Fabok and Anderson continues to deliver in this installment of “The Darkseid War”. The two-page spreads and splash pages are truly something to behold. Readers should take the time to really take in each page and revel in the amount of detail these men have put into this book. The facial expressions and physical reactions of the characters are so realistic that, set against the hot color palette, just exude the gravity of the cataclysm that is taking place. The somber, devastating note that the audience is left with on the last page is pitch perfect.
Despite being only four issues into this storyline, “The Darkseid War” absolutely deserves an Absolute Edition! Readers who have fallen behind in this title – catch up! Seriously! No buts about it, Justice League is on a whole other level!