Review by: Metamorphic

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Avg Rating: 3.8
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Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
Variant cover by ADAM HUGHES
B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE

Size: 32 pages
Price: 3.99

Well, it’s the end of the first arc and we see the team come together. Sort of.

This series has a lot working in its favour. Yet that magic “something” still eludes me somewhat. I loved the first issue, and there have been great moments throughout the arc. But this issue in particular almost seemed, well, rushed. Strange to say since it was six issues in the making.

I mean, on one hand, it was great to see Darkseid getting his hands dirty. He’s one of DC’s biggest bads and he darn well SHOULD be portrayed as a powerhouse who demands respect and invokes fear. But it felt like he got shut down fairly quick. Yes, we got to see Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg shine (along with a BIG Superman punch and Batman being all Batman-y). Yet it felt more like everyone wanted to wrap it up and get on with the next arc. Even the punchline delivered by the Flash near the end of the book felt forced.

I will say though, I really loved that last page. Ah, shadowy figures! Gets me every time.

An okay story. Jim Lee art looking like it should. Yes, a lot going for it indeed. I just hope that sense of “hurry let’s go to something else” is left behind. I think it will be. After all, there’s a whole new DC to explore. This was history.

Sort of.

Story: 3 - Good
Art: 1 - Poor


  1. ARGH! I hit the stupid publish button by accident. Art: 4.

    There. That’s better.

  2. I’m not a big DC reader, and after reading this arc, I found that I still did not understand who Darkseid is, where he is from, what his motivations are, or what his powers are. When you don’t understand the villian, it makes it hard to become involved in the story.

    • True, Invasionforce.

    • That’s a really good point. I’ve been reading DC so long, I suppose I just kind of glossed over the lack of any real explanation as to who he is.

      I suppose Johns’ might have been thinking that new readers would be encountering this villain for the first time just as the League was. But I can certainly see why that wouldn’t work for some.

  3. Good points.

    Not saying I hate it (because I don’t), but I see a very weird, borderline hypocritical defense of this series sometimes. On the one hand people are excusing anything Johns does as if “Oh that’s just for the new readers”. But if you look at the Nielson survey, only 5% of readers were new. On the other hand, even “lapsed” readers have an idea who Darkseid is. So…I’m not really sure how Johns’ glossing over all this stuff can really be defended. It wasn’t a good entry point, because it didn’t explain much of anything. I think the people who already know who Darkseid is are sort of unable to take those glasses off and see how poor of an introduction to Darkseid (and really to the whole DC universe) this arc was, if that’s what it was trying to do.

    Still, it was an okay storyarc, a fresh restart with some exciting moments. But as any sort of an introduction? Hell no. Those 5% of readers must be pretty confused.

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