By Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok & Brad Anderson
Act three of the “The Darkseid War” kicks off with the exciting and welcome return of artist Jason Fabok. Francis Manapul filled in well for a little bit, but it’s such a treat see “Fabok” on the cover again. The arc continues with Darkseid dead, several members of the League having attained godhood, and Grail and Myrina Black overseeing what’s occurring with the Anti-Monitor. During all this, part of the Justice League, along with Scott Free (Mister Miracle), infiltrate Belle Reve Prison to gain information from the captive members of the Crime Syndicate, who have faced the wrath of the Anti-Monitor before…
Everything just feels right with this issue, the artwork and story are a perfect symbiosis. Jason Fabok makes every panel have a sense of epic scope. Whether it be as simple as the posture of the characters when they have a conversation or as climactic as a fight between Wonder Woman and Superman, the impact is practically palpable. Brad Anderson complements Fabok so well because he adds such a stunning sheen to the work. His attention to lighting in a particular panel is impeccable. Even within a dank prison, beauty and style can be found with these two artists. They take the brilliant writing of Geoff Johns and make it work on every level. Every beat conveys the necessary weight and emotion to the reader.
Johns is well known for playing the long-game with plot threads and boy, does he prove that with this book! Readers have already experienced this with the introduction of Darkseid in the first arc of this series and who he was looking for. “The Darkseid War” continues with this concept with the reintroduction of the Crime Syndicate. Again, primary antagonists and mysteries associated with them are brought back to play a major role. What’s even more astounding is how organic it feels within the plot. The elements and characters were referenced prior to keep them present in the audience’s consciousness because Geoff knew they would be coming back. One can’t help but be blown away by how well this event is unfolding. Does it have to end?
If it were my decision, this creative team would never leave Justice League. This “Crisis”-level event continues to be sequential art at its best. Enough gushing over this comic, everyone should enjoy this work for themselves. Since this is the third act, definitely don’t just jump in blindly. The trades are readily available and even Comixology runs great deals on them on occasion. Whatever the format may be, read this series!