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‘Justice League #42’ (review)

Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Published by DC Comics

 

This week’s Justice League is obviously one of the middle chapters of a solid story. The pacing slows down, a reader may get impatient. Just when your tapping your shoes and looking to see how many pages you have left, the action ramps up.

Our story opens with scenes of the invasion from around the world. It shows just how the stakes are raised. It’s a little reminiscent of the old The Authority stories.

We are then shown the Justice League in retreat mode. Hiding out and planning next steps. It’s great to see Green Lantern John Stewart taking the strategist mantle from Batman. Even if it’s momentarily.

Meanwhile, Wonder Woman has been captured by the Eradicator.

One hopes that Wonder Woman’s treatment is just setting up an epic beat down of the Eradicator by Wonder Woman.

Superman shows up to assist Wonder Woman, and we get a couple of solid action scenes at the hands of Aaron Lopresti. Lopresti was a contributor to Gail Simone’s Wonder Woman run and it’s always great to see his work.

We also see John Stewart and Madame Xanadu putting together the next portion of the Justice League’s plan. It’s interesting to see the discomfort of Stewart and the Magic of Madame Xanadu.

One of the great things about comic book stories that you do not often get elsewhere: Science vs. Magic. It’s always fun how comic books just make up the rules as they go along. The best stories just encourage you to roll with it. This issue of Justice League does a good job of that.

Our last third of the story features Barry Allen at his best. Pure heroism in service of the plan hatched up. Barry Allen pushing it to the limit while The Eradicator and company are chasing after him. The chase concludes on a planet where presumably The Eradicator and Daxamites are weakened.

Whatever twist and turns the next chapter of this story has, here’s to hoping that it includes four or five pages of Wonder Woman mopping up the Eradicator.

 

 

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