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Subj: Re: JL 46 Review
Posted: Sat Dec 26, 2015 at 02:24:58 pm EST (Viewed 5 times)
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That's not what I would call a review, it is more of a comment... but i cannot blame you for that as this installment had similar effects on me too. I started with it but after a few pages had to put it down for a couple of days as the process of reading it left me with the sensation that I was experiencing verbal static, white noise, here is a book so monotonous and uninterested in loving its reader that it is the publishing equivalent of the Sausage factory - soulless pumped out product to fill the schedules. There is no enthusiastic chef involved in this particular creative process, and therefore no passion or life in the finished result.
In terms of structure and ease of access this latest issue seemed to treat its readership with indifference and contempt. Seven issues, seven issues this has been plodding on for and no end in sight yet. There is nothing at all unusual in this though a it is now an industry standard at DC and Marvel, the notion of a stand-alone issue or a three to four parter is alien to their thinking, and so an endless parade of stories padded out to ten or more chapters and typically beyond what the actual plot within can sustain. This is 'The Darkseid War' to a tee. It is also a damning indictment on the decline of Geoff Johns' talent.

So much of this book is like watching the wallpaper dry that I find it very difficult to cull forth any observations or moments from it by which to comment on. The visual aspect is the best way to begin though as what started out with the superbly fine lines of Jason Fabok has by now shifted to the dramatically different style of Francis Manapul.
Is it at all fair to suggest Manapul's work here is... dissapointing? Being honest and thinking twice on the subject I must say many of his panels are superbly composed and rendered, but there is an uncertainly and simplicity in his overall page layouts that left me thinking he may be suffering here due to having to take over a storyline from another artist who had already set the style of the piece.
Certainly he is at a disadvantage as he is following on from Jason Fabok, an artist with radically different talent and approach, but the problem here is deeper than that obvious clash of styles, for this is work that is not at all up to the standard set on Manapuls work on The Flash. With washed out colouring adding to the effect the visual tone of Justice League is offputting, trying to bring to like a script that has nothing with any life to it and characters that are all but impossible to care about due to the lack of effort put into the context of their situation and nobody relatable by whom the reader can process these events unfolding through.

There is so much that irritates. Even basic continuity. How can Mr Miracle and Big Barda appear here, married no less, when Earth-2 over the last two years has set up a radical departure from the expected and made Barda a traitor and murderous servant to Darkseid? How do these events seen here possibly connect to that not inconsiderable plotline developed in Earth-2?
Wonder Woman loves Superman. Well not according to Geoff Johns here. His sword waving Wonder Woman doesn't consider them a dedicated romantic pairing at all - she would rather be with Steve again.
Grail and Mother... an Amazon apparently consorting with New Gods... I find it impossible to invest or care.
The Justice League membership are now all Gods and removed from humanity, but who does this leave by whom the reader can relate to and can guide us through the events unwinding here?

Given the story has not progressed beyond indifference I doubt any of this matters. There is much portent and doom to be had with The Darkseid War, but no sense that any of it amounts to anything. \(no\)

Know that Bats/Lex/WW are gods, but are Flash/Superman and GL now all also?

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