Friday, December 18, 2015

Justice League #46

   The problem with "event" books is that they sometimes spin out of control - and that curse seems to be falling on "The Darkseid War," and event-in-a-single-series (mostly) in the pages of Justice League.

   It started quickly with an Earth-shaking confrontation between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, their armies, and the JLA. That escalated to including new and powerful characters like Grail, some of the New Gods, and the transformation of several heroes into ever newer Gods.

   That change led to some spin-off titles, and now we're back with side battles, splinter missions, a mystery around the Anti-Monitor, and the return of... let's just say a well-known concept.

   But it's too much. There are so many characters, so many battles, so many characters running off on side-stories that it's just too much to keep up with (even for a long-time reader like me) - it's 10 pounds of stuff in a 5-pound bag.

   Of course, it could all be sorted out in the long run - Geoff Johns is a terrific writer and certainly capable of doing it - but he'd better start sorting soon or there any not be many left to see the final solution.

   The art is by Francis Manapul, a fantastic artist with a unique, kinetic style - but the jumbled story mixed with his style makes it difficult to follow events from panel to panel or page to page.

   This issue sets up Act 3 in the series, which is typically when things get resolved. Here's hoping!

Grade: B



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