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TO QUOTE Jake Blues: 'Listen, Elwood, we need to get the band back together'.
Currently The Darkseid War comes across as a bi-polar collection of odds and sods not always to my liking. Act One (issue 41 to issue 44) appeared to be a fairly decent nonlinear introductory sequence, introducing us to the characters involved with the plot as well as the basic theme behind this epic: A War Among Gods. Well, all that until Darkseid finally bit the biscuit at the hand of the Anti-Monitor. Act Two, on the other hand (issues 45 and 46) wasn't my cup of tea at all, and felt like a two-part interlude for DC Comics to spin off their other one-off specials through, not always progressing the plot along as it should. And now, now we are here at the start of Act Three (issue 47), yeah, so far it looks promising, starting us off on fairly combustible footing, compared to what we've seen before.
As per usual, Geoff's style of writing has divided the narrative into three intertwining sections. The first section centers on Wonder Woman fending off a deranged power-mad Superman (loved its pacifying message, as well as the cut-away scene where Batman and Hal talked about their individual roles elsewhere). The next section, or section two for those of you keeping count, almost seemed like a little sneak peak behind Grail's future hopes and aspirations (the evil bloody Witch). And as for the third part of these sections, essentially it showed how Cyborg, Power Ring, Mister Miracle, and Big Barda, attempted to break into Belle Reve prison, intent on questioning either Super Woman or Ultra-Man about their connection with the Anti-Monitor, until... errrr... shit happened.
But as we all know, dear reader, I can't really divulge the specific details associated with said-shit for the sake of spoilers (did I actually write that?). What I can say, however, is that this section -- the most harrowing one, out of the bunch -- did allow the story behind the story to come to fruition, so finally we can see for ourselves, first hand, and with at least a modicum of hope, that this epic is able to become an actual epic, not a Godly mishap.
Another positive aspect about this adventure would have to be the artwork illustrated by Jason Fabok. Now with all due respect to Francis Manapul and his contributions to the last couple of issues, for which he did manage to stamp his own earthly style, at the end of the day the Justice League is firmly Jason Fabok's book. And from my point of view, his clean and bold style of artwork suits this style of story to a tea. Welcome back, Jay. Glad to have you around again.
I would also like to talk a little bit about the Anti-Monitors new duds! Wow! Doesn't he look funky with his new name and his new Star Trek get-up? That said, though, I'm still sitting on the fence with this one, folks. Overall I'm not overly thrilled with this new take on a 80s character. Yet at the same time I'm willing to wait and see how this all pans out next month.
A good issue with a good promising future.
Now for those of you who didn't quite understand how my chosen quote relates to the basic theme behind this episode (seen above), let me just say that on a certain level this issue was all about reforming alliances and then getting on with the show. So with that in mind, sit back, relax, and get ready for this months musical match up: The Blues Brothers with their song, 'Everybody, Need Somebody'.
One of the most silliest things about this issue (or should that be, serendipitous?) is the fact that the Justice League selected two of their members (both with a prior dubious association with the Crime Syndicate) to go help and break them out of prison. So, in honor of this silliness, how could I not compare this comic book to the classic film, The Great Escape, featuring Steve McQueen, James Garner, and Richard Attenborough.
Thank you. You're welcome. Ops! Bang!
At the very end of this issue a mysterious character appears and says something rather peculiar to a pregnant Super Woman. So out of curiosity, let's see if you can guess who this mysterious character is and what they say to her. Could it be...
- Charlie Sheen: How much will it cost to buy your breast milk?
- Doctor Mid-Nite: I want you to give birth to your baby now, immediately, and I promise you I won't charge much for my assistance.
- Kim Kardashian: I have come to kill you because your ass is bigger than mine.
- Aquaman: Sniff-Sniff. Can you smell fish?
- Donald Trump: I want to deport my wig.
- Owl Man: The Justice League and the Crime Syndicate need to work together.
- Doctor Strange: Would you like your child circumcised? I promise I won't charge much.
- The Phantom Stranger: Can Aquaman smell fish?