Gods Prepare for War in “Justice League #47” (Review)

JUSTL-Cv47-ds-b098aJustice League #47
DC Comics

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Jason Fabok
Color by: Brad Anderson

Geoff Johns’ Justice League has got to be, hands down, my favorite thing DC is putting out right now. DC Comics’ new “Story First” attitude has allowed other creators to take their stable of heroes in bold new directions while also allowing Geoff John’s New 52 Justice League to remain and provide us with yet another grandiose story, these grandiose characters deserve.

Justice League #47 marks the beginning of the end as we march into Act 3 of the Darkseid war. In this issue we see Batman and Superman embrace their roles as Gods as Green Lantern and Wonder Woman try to steer them back to the task at hand. Wonder Woman and Superman’s confrontation made up most of the action in this comic and while it was certainly entertaining it wasn’t JUSTL-47-2-71f37anything we haven’t seen before. Wonder Woman has seemingly been the star of this event and even with an impending major reveal headed her way,  in this issue, she gets second billing along with the action.  Instead its about  preparing for the final battle and to do that the league may need some help. This leads to a big reveal that honestly you probably saw coming if you have been reading Johns’ Justice League run.

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Even though this is mostly a lead-in issue, Johns still does a great job of keeping it interesting and driven by both character and story. Its not ground breaking, revolutionary, ultra-violent or emotional, its just plain fun. Johns knows this world so well its no surprise he is able to set a great pace with plot, action and twists. This event has really been a highlight in 2015 and the art is a huge part of my enjoyment. Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson continue to bring amazing detail and color to the Darkseid war. There is so much beautiful work here its really hard to pick something to highlight but Fabok’s faces show so much power and humanity. It doesn’t hurt that they take center stage as this issue as its full of the extreme close-ups. Fabok and Anderson combine to bring some stunning imagery in this issue that is subtle, beautiful and again contributes to moving our story forward.

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Justice League #47 is a great issue if you have already been reading The Darkseid War. It sets up our epic battle with some great confrontations of its own and does a great job of teasing whats ahead. It has little action but in its place we get more story which is never a bad thing. If you have been read Johns’ Justice League you will not be disappoint. If you haven’t been read, The Darkseid War would be a great place to start.

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