Review: Justice League #45

JUSTL_Cv45_559ada9c4ed037.59790436The critically acclaimed “Darkseid War” continues as the second wave of war begins with “Darkseid War: Gods and Men”! Writer Geoff Johns is joined by artist Francis Manapul for this special issue featuring the all-new, all-powerful Justice League! In the aftermath of the cataclysmic events of Justice League #44, members of the League have gained great power —the power of Gods!— but at a great price. And that price may be their destruction, unless Wonder Woman and Mister Miracle can help the League escape the curse of the New Gods and hold on to their humanity.

I know I got to the end of the previous issue with my jaw on the floor, and feeling like I just read the end to an epic chapter of a longer story. Justice League #45 picks up right where the last issue left off with a god dead, and our heroes changed. The Flash is merged with death. Superman is super powered. Batman has his all-knowing chair. It’s a lot going on, and we’ll get a bunch of one-shot comics to explore more of it all, but this issue takes all of that and amps things up with even more changes and issues arising.

Wonder Woman is basically in charge now, and the remaining Justice League members are in awe of what they just witnessed. This issue is their trying to get their bearings, and figure out what to do next. It’s nice to see this all-powerful team basically at a loss and the task at hand does feel like a pretty big one. It’s hard to get something to feel like it’s on the scale that it’d challenge the Justice League and it took killing a god to do exactly that.

I don’t want to spoil it all, but Darkseid had a lot of power, and it has to go somewhere, and Supes and Batman weren’t all that stable the last we saw them.

I normally like Manapul’s art, but here it doesn’t quite work for me. I think that’s partially because I really enjoyed the previous artist’s work, but something was a little off for me. It’s not bad, but, I just have a personal preference of the previous artist.

This is the start of the next chapter of the next event, and new readers should be able to hop in with very little issues. They might not be blown away, but as a sliver of the greater story, the issue gives us epic challenges ahead and a true feeling the Justice League may be out of their league dealing with it all.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Francis Manapul
Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

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