Comic Review: Justice League #42 (DC Comics)

Venditti does a great job at showing the different personalities of each member of the League, but it’s his writing of Madame Xanadu and John Stewart that was more enjoyable […]

Venditti does a great job at showing the different personalities of each member of the League, but it’s his writing of Madame Xanadu and John Stewart that was more enjoyable for me in this arc thus far.

John Stewart feels more militant than in the previous Justice League run, he is a man who comes up with strategic plans and happens to but heads with Batman. Which is nice to see, and his handle of Eradicator is great since he’s a rampaging A.I. who begins to realize that there is some benefit to having information on other superhumans who are just as capable as Daxamites and Kryptonians. The story is pretty fine and the action is just as enjoyable as one of the Leaguers in this issue stole the show and had a really great action sequence. I must admit that I’ve been spoiled by the universal threats of the previous Justice League run that when reading this issue it was a bit difficult to read and not feel as though it mattered as much. But once I was able to get past that and reread the issue and read it for what it is, it proved itself to be a pretty enjoyable read.

In regards to the art department, Aaron Lopresti does a good job with providing solid layouts, while Matt Ryan’s inks and David Baron’s colors add a layer of cool that makes the book pop. Lopresti provides some great action scenes, and the way he choreographed the Flash’s action scenes against the Eradicator and his army speed up to destroy him makes this latest issue an enjoyable read amongst every other action scenes. Tom Napolitano does a great job providing solid lettering, allowing readers to have a fun time as they read this issue. I really enjoyed reading this issue, and given that everyone has been used to the universal ending stuff that the run prior consistently offered, it’s nice to have a story that is a bit smaller in scale yet large enough to matter. I recommend picking this issue up for new comic book day, it’s a fun issue that shows the League working together against an army of Supermen, and who doesn’t love seeing that from time to time?

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