Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Mahnke, Matt Ryan
Published by DC Comics
I genuinely believed one of the replacement Superman would actually be the new Superman from now to the end of time. (The early 90’s were wild) My teenage self ran down to the comic shop and snapped up each issue of The Death and Return of Superman.
Whenever I see one of the characters from that series return, that nostalgia kicks in. Get off the bus, walk a block down, and go straight to the new comic section.
So seeing the Eradicator definitely stirs up the nostalgia portion of the old memory bank.
Part two of this storyline finds Superman and the Eradicator in a slugfest, while two bystanders serve to recap the readers on Superman’s recent identity reveal.
While the heavy hitters of the Justice League go mano y mano with the Eradicator and the Daxamites, Batman is attempting to recruit Madame Xanadu. Her magic serving as a wild card to Kryptonians like the Eradicator and the Daxamites he has recruited.
Our story raises tension by having Wonder Woman captured and in dire straits. It is a move that in the wrong hand could feel weak, but shows how serious the current danger is.
It’s not always easy finding credible enemies for The Justice League, but Venditti does a solid job making these villains particularly difficult. Stakes are raised as it befits part two of an Justice League story.
Unless there is a solid story telling purpose for changing artist in the middle of a story arc, I tend to dislike the change. If the change in artist is due to a change in story setting or character point of view, then by all means switch up artist. Lopresti does good work here under the circumstances. He moves the action along. It left me wanting to have had this arc just start with Lopresti in the first place.
In conclusion, a solid action packed Justice League story.