The time has come for another issue of Justice League: The Darkseid War and with that there will be more game changing revelations from DC Creative Head Geoff Johns.
Johns and DC Comics have unveiled Rebirth which will be a reboot of sorts with an emphasis on the characters and their respective legacies. With that coming in June, all eyes are on where the members of the Justice League will be when this relaunch happens. It will be interesting to see if the Darkseid War will have any lasting effects considering what Rebirth intends to bring to the table.
Hopefully, the continuity will be clearer following this strategic maneuvering by DC Comics and we can once again focus on individual characters. Finding out what made those characters tick and finding comparison that readers could latch on to was what was great about pre-New 52 DC Comics. It would be nice to see them get back to that and having Johns at the helm should make the process of melding the two worlds a whole lot simpler.
Without further ado, here are your comic reviews for books released on February 24, 2016:
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3 – Grade: 9.3
Consistently riveting and very relevant to today’s culture and social stigmas, which seems like a big leap for a story that started nearly 30 years ago. The fact that Frank Miller can still deliver surprises in this world and execute them strongly speaks to his talent. The intriguing dynamic between way-past-his-prime Batman and Superman following Dark Knight II is something that is worth noting. Picking up right where the tension left off nearly 15 years ago, it is easy to seamlessly fall into this world once again.
Jacked #4 – Grade: 9.0
Jacked is a refreshing non-superhero superhero story that continues to deliver on its gritty premise and consistently ups the odds. Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, has brought his A-game to the comic book world and following Josh Jaffe through his trials and tribulations is intoxicating at times. This issue did a good job of setting up the end game while keeping the book from seeming like just a pit stop.
Justice League #48 – Grade: 8.4
Geoff Johns is always at his best when he is juggling multiple character while still managing to flesh each of them out and make you care about their individual storylines. With the inclusion of the Injustice League, the book has become even more crowded and Johns has done a fantastic job with spreading it out. However, it still feels like a lot to grasp at times and it is somewhat hard to keep track of each character and where they are at. Nevertheless, we are just three issues away from a conclusion and things are definitely hitting a high note in the storyline. This is a must-read story and one that everyone should pick up and read from the beginning when they have the chance.
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #2 – Grade: 8.6
The most important thing when approaching a book with two characters with two separate stories is to make sure that each story is of equal quality. This week, Deadshot’s story just outweighed Katana’s story by a long shot and it made the book feel slightly disjointed. The first issue did a good job of setting up the characters and their stories, but this issue seemed to derail that set up just a little bit. Still it is nice to see these characters get the spotlight that they deserve and hopefully the pacing on Katana’s story improves drastically.
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 – Grade: 7.6
The premise is intriguing, but it is confusing at times and it also rings as very similar to what is happening in the Dark Knight III. Having more Kryptonian’s enter the playing field is always interesting as Superman has always had this loner feel to him and adding some sort of comradery could be fun. Batman as a character has always been a loner, but he also has the Bat-Family to lean on and they have all basically received their own books from DC Comics. It would be cool to a version of that, but with Superman instead if they can find a way to give these new characters their own voice.