Justice League: The Darkseid War by Geoff Johns – Comic Book Review
This review contains spoilers.
As a new comic book reader, I hear a lot about DC’s various ‘crises’ and their world-altering (and most definitely not publication driven) effects on the wider DC universe. As a very process-driven person, this all seemed messy to me, so I appreciated that the beginning of this book directly addressed the in-universe effects of significant comic book events, even if it did so by being one?
Honestly, not a great deal stuck with me after this book. It was my first interaction with Shazam, Mr Miracle and Barda and I absolutely fell in love with them and intend to read more.
There were aspects I simply did not understand, like the Crime Syndicate, but I assume that’s because I have never read them – either way, Owlman & Power Ring are dumb names in any universe. I also appreciated Wonder Woman & Scott’s narrative.
Whilst I understand that the length of the book meant there had to be a lot of moving parts, it all felt a bit forced together in the end and didn’t fall as naturally as I’d like.
The ending with the Frees was mean and I’m pleased it’s been ret-conned and Jessica very much felt like she was only included to be a sacrificial lamb and her whole arc felt a little … surplus?
The Gods arc was holistically interesting but while some made perfect, almost poetic, sense, others didn’t and there was little to no explanation, and then it was gone.
END OF SPOILERS
I don’t feel this is a great jumping on point for the JLA and would recommend wider reading first as a lot of it could mean more with an existing relationship with the characters I just did not have.
I plan to read more Mr Miracle & Shazam following this introduction and probably more JLA just so I can make sense of some things.
Writing Quality – 6/10
Image/Illustration Quality – 8/10
Character Development – 5/10
Overall – 6/10
SuperHeroHype: Justice League is getting a spotlight in DC’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Divergent. Can you give us a taste of the new status quo going forward?
Geoff Johns: We’re gonna introduce a couple new villains that will be part of triggering the war between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor. It’s a story we don’t want to spoil because some of the details have been kept under wraps… like the exact nature of where this villain comes from, [and] how they’re connected to the Justice League in a bizarre way. And ultimately, what the threat of a war between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor actually means. What could that result in?
Not only is that cataclysmic on a universes wide scale, but it’s very cataclysmic on the Justice League itself. The personal characters, the relationships, their futures, their status quos, the memberships. All of that is going to be hit pretty hard as they’re caught in a war between the greatest villains in the DC universe.
– Interview: Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok on Justice League and The Darkseid War
I received a copy of this book from DC Comics via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.