Title: Justice League.
Volume: 7, 8 & 8.5.
Story-arc: The Darkseid War Saga.
Universe: The New 52.
Writer(s): Geoff Johns, Francis Manapul, Peter J. Tomasi, Rob Williams, Tom King & Steve Orlando.
Artist(s): Jason Fabok, Francis Manapul, Bono Dazo, Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Jesus Merino, Doc Shaner, Scott Kolins, Kevin Maguire, Phil Jimenez, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Jim Lee, Joe Prado, Oscar Jimenez, Paul Pelletier & Tony Kordos.
Colourist(s): Brad Anderson, Francis Manapul, Alex Sinclair, Brian Buccellato, Gabe Eltaeb, Guy Major, Hi-Fi, Chris Sotomayor & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh, Dave Sharpe, Saida Temofonte, Carlos M. Mangual, Tom Napolitano, Steve Wands & Marilyn Patrizio.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Format: Hardcover – Omnibus.
Release Date: October 17th, 2017.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
Previously on the DC Universe New 52’s Justice League series:
Justice League (Vol. 1): Origin by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 2): The Villain’s Journey by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 3): Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 3.5): Trinity by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 4): The Grid by Geoff Johns
Forever Evil (Vol. 4.5) by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 5): Forever Heroes by Geoff Johns
Justice League (Vol. 6): Injustice League by Geoff Johns
There is a myriad of questions that baffle us throughout our lives on humankind and its inherent nature for good or evil. Are we born good? Are we born bad? Are we capable of change? The concept of heroism has often led us to acknowledge the existence of beings who embody vertu with an immutable resolution. These heroes bring us to see them as stellar examples of what everyone should strive for, what we should all be capable of deep down. Despite these symbols, evil also has a face and allows many to see what vice in humankind is like through an individual. However, change is what allows us to believe—to have hope in ourselves and in those around us—that in defiance of acts of evil, there is a possibility for good. To bring his five-year run on the New 52’s Justice League comic book run, legendary writer Geoff John brings forth an explosive and godly saga that questions not only the good and evil in humans but in gods as well.
What is Justice League: The Darkseid War Saga about? The Justice League first formed to stop Darkseid and his Parademon and thus became Earth’s greatest heroes, ready to stop any threat from destroying their planet. Following their encounter with the Crime Syndicate, a far more dangerous evil was teased to be on the horizon and it will not stop until it sees everything turned to dust by its own hands. It calls itself the Anti-Monitor and it is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, the Justice League have much more to worry about than this foul creature as a mysterious being sets loose their master plan to bring Darkseid to Earth and confront the Anti-Monitor right on Earth. This is where the Earth’s greatest heroes must find a way to stop this deadly confrontation between two destroyers of worlds before their own universe is erased from existence. To do so, they must learn the history of these beings and find the answer in the essence of the New Gods.
This beautiful hardcover omnibus edition collects Justice League #40-50, Justice League: Darkseid Special #1, Divergence #1 and all six Darkseid War one-shot tie-in issues to complete the epic saga that marks the end of the New 52 Justice League run. It also includes a stunning variant cover gallery of single issues as well as a sketchbook by various artists including Jason Fabok.
This is a terrifyingly stunning cosmic event that redefines the word “epic” with its unimaginable beauty and multi-layered mystery. Writer Geoff Johns is in charge of galactic wonder that intertwines multiple characters, settings, and history to deliver an action-packed saga that continuously sweeps you off your feet and transports you to uncharted territories where man and gods tangle in the same battlefield. This is how you handle deities while conserving the fundamental traits of heroes and villains to tell a story where the past is history and only the present can determine if there will ever be a future for humankind. Although there are significant plot holes that are difficult to overlook, the central story arc is full of unpredictable plot twists that marks this achievement as a thrilling and authentic contribution to the Justice League lore. The individual repercussions of the events are also intelligently tackled throughout the story for each of our heroes, whether it is superficially through the main series or in-depth through the tie-in issues, which by the bye allow for a pause in the main story arc to explore the changes in the characters who play a key role in the narrative.
Although there are many incredibly ambitious ideas that are attempted throughout this saga, writer Geoff Johns doesn’t hesitate to give this story the necessary flamboyance to propel the narrative in the direction he wishes. From Lex Luthor pursuing his own form of heroism no matter what form takes his means to playing with the genealogy of certain characters, it is necessary to take a step back and recognize the incredible talent of artist Jason Fabok who draws most of this saga and gives it the iconic and grandiose scale that goes hand in hand with the Justice League franchise. His character designs are infallible and assure to convey the godly attributes of every character at play. Together with the rest of the creative team—artists, colourists, and letterers—they breathe life into this epic saga and assures a formidable final product. Despite the sudden, unfortunate, and momentary shift in the artwork that gives the reigns to artist Francis Manapul for an issue out of ten—which isn’t bad per se—as well as some less-than-stellar artwork for the spin-off issues, this saga delivers some of the most top-tier artistic renditions over at DC Comics, especially to close out the New 52 era of the Justice League.
Justice League: The Darkseid War Saga is an exquisite, monumental, and epic cosmic event pitting deities against themselves in a war for world annihilation.