The GeeksverseJustice League #6

Justice League #6
Published on Thursday, March 1, 2012 by

How does the new League’s battle against Darkseid end?

Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Jim Lee
Inked by: Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Batt, Mark Irwin
Colored by: Alex Sinclair w/ Tony Avina & Hi-Fi
Lettered by: Patrick Brosseau
Cover Art: A- Jim Lee w/ Scott Williams & Alex Sinclair; B- Ivan Reis w/ Joe Prado & Rod Reis
Assistant Editor: Darren Shan
Executive Editor: Brian Cunningham

And so ends the first arc of Justice League, the book that launched the New 52. Also the first book that was late in the New 52.

Darkseid is the villain of the new arc and you’d expect an epic fight against the ruler of Apokolips. Do we get one? No. There’s a couple of moments that are meant to be epic, but they don’t come across that way. Johns campy dialogue doesn’t help. It doesn’t fit what are supposed to be major moments, big moments.

The ending is a bit strange. It highlights how new super heroes were back then (remember, this arc takes place 5 years ago). But it feels odd. The change in narration, using a civilian that ends up writing a book about the new team, us jarring. I know Johns means it to convey the wonder of super humans exploding onto the scene but it fails to do so. This is a world, a time, where the super humans are feared and at the end they are suddenly loved?

Maybe it’s because the gravity of the threat to the world was never shown? Darkseid’s assault was localized. Yes, it would have been world threatening, but would the rest of the US and the world seen it that way? It was really just a battle between two forces in the middle of a city. That’s worthy of going to the White House? And to have a threat that only those 7 combined can combat materialize right at that moment?

Doesn’t work.

Lee’s art is vintage Jim Lee, except it’s not. There are 4 or 5 splash pages, some with big moments. One of them, the Wonder Woman attacking Darkseid’s head, loses some of it’s impact because of the awkwardness of Wonder Woman’s posing. In other spots, items show up that weren’t there in the previous panel and people disappear from previous panels. The figures, for the most part, still look great but the technical aspects are lacking in a couple of areas.

Justice League is meant to be the tentpole comic. It’s the flagship title. But so far it’s been one of the more run of the mill, middle of the road, titles to come out of the New 52.

With an all-star team of Johns and Lee, this book should be knocking it out of the back each month, but it’s really not any better then when James Robinson was on the book prior to the New 52.

Justice League #6 receives
3 out of 5

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