Thursday, January 26, 2012

Justice League #5

If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was a Marvel Comic.

That's because this issue of Justice League is give over to a slugfest between the (finally assembled) team and Darkseid.

The trick to reading this series is that you have to keep reminding yourself that these heroes have just started their careers, so they're not always as... well, competent as we might expect.

For example, there's an incredibly silly moment as the team "tries out" a rallying slogan. Let's just say the Avengers have nothing to worry about there.

The issue is loaded with interesting moments (some work, some don't). For example, Batman tries a stunt that seems completely out of character, Green Lantern goes over the top, and Flash and Superman head off to the races. The rest of the characters only manage cameos.

The rest of the issue is given over to all kinds of intense, over-the-top battles that you'd usually expect from Marvel.

The art by Jim Lee is excellent, as always, though I get the sense that some of his work here was a bit rushed. Maybe it's just me.

Geoff Johns' story has certainly kicked things into high gear, and it's difficult to see how the League can stand up to a powerhouse like Darkseid - but that's all part of the fun!

Grade: A-


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