DC Comics 2018
Written by Joshua Williamson
Illustrated by Stjepan Sejic
Lettered by Deron Bennett
Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called “God of Evil” Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late—that evil horse has left the barn!)
Last issue we saw that Cyborg, Starfire and Azreal were hearing voices that were leading them to the Ghost Sector. Which was caused by the Justice League who left, never turned back and basically said eh our bad bye. It is interesting that in the DCU they never do stick around afterwards and clean up the mess they’ve made and this one quite honestly is huge. I mean c’mon now but that’s something else entirely, and I am sure another crisis in the making. The threesome arrived at the Ghost Sector and encountered Green Lantern Jessica Cruz who in an attempt to stop them ended up joining them.
Now they face Darkseid who has been reborn and is an adult once more. So after the reasons why he brought them there it is time for the obligatory fight. I don’t mind that honestly I think it’s a nice test and measure for us to see what this group is made of. Azreal is the oddest choice for this team, group or what have you and part of me loves that as it gives Joshua the chance to really shake up the status quo and put someone into space who traditionally would never get the chance otherwise. While Darkseid at the present may not be the man he once was he’s still powerful and I admit that guilty pleasure or not the fight was fun. I have one question has he always looked like Blok from the Legion of Super-Heroes?
The way that this is structured is fantastic! The way that Joshua is able to create a flow to the book that has both a natural progression and seemingly a plan behind it is amazing to me. Darkseid is always going to try to manipulate the situation but at the same time while everyone knows that how the heroes move forward is their own choices it’s a nice compliment to one another and I wasn’t really expecting that kind of duality. The pacing is amazing and the way we receive information and the actuality of what is going on here well it all comes together beautifully.
Stjepan is amazing and the way he works and what he is able to do with these computer generated artwork is stunning. The attention to detail he puts into this is breathtaking and that he uses as much of the page and panel as he can to flesh out the scenes, expand the size and scope of the story through how he utilises backgrounds makes me happy. Then there is the creativity and imagination that are on display and the creation of new species we’ve never met before is awe inspiring. The utilisation of page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows off a maestro’s eye for storytelling.
Joshua also manages to impress me with how he’s able to keep so many various lines of story in play simultaneously. While this issue we see those who worshipped Starfire or Koriand’r we are still reminded of how the Ghost Sector came to be, that Darkseid is aware of what’s transpiring and the mystery of how these people knew so much about her. The complexity in the layering of this book is extraordinarily phenomenal and keeps showcasing just how talented Joshua is and that it seems all he ever does is get better.
These days there are few DC books that I am regularly reading but should this creative team be here for a while so will I. This is and exceptionally well written book with stunningly beautiful interior artwork and while it may carry Justice League in the title it’s anything but.