Comic Review: Justice League #40 (DC Comics)

An old for from Superman’s rogues gallery returns with a vengeance! The Eradicator has been busy, and has assembled an army of Supermen and is headed towards Earth! As the […]

An old for from Superman’s rogues gallery returns with a vengeance!

The Eradicator has been busy, and has assembled an army of Supermen and is headed towards Earth! As the League prepares to mount a defense against the Eradicator and his army, Batman embarks on a journey to help the league gain an advantage in the coming battle. What has become of the Eradicator? What does he have in store for the earth and the League?

Right off the heels of the last run, Venditti is off to a fantastic start. Going into the book, Venditti already establishes the time and direction of the title, focusing on the story beats while also acknowledging the status quo of said characters without spending so much time on it. Venditti is no stranger to writing team books, having wrapped up his Freedom Fighters mini series, often lauded for his Green Lantern run, and made a home run with the Hawkman title. It was only a matter of time that Venditti would get a chance to write Justice League, and already he is off to a great start by establishing the current state of each character, and the development of the latest threat that the League will face. John Stewart definitely gets the spotlight which is a delight, and I look forward to what Venditti has planned for the League and Stewart throughout the duration of his run.

Right out the gate, Mahnke just delivers in the art department. It’s just a sight to see anytime he illustrates the League in the same room. Whether they are using their powers, or a set piece is displayed, Mahnke is able to display raw power and grit in such a way that is a thrill to see, especially in a Justice League title. Coupled with Richard Friend’s inks,David Baron’s colors, and Tom Napolitano’s lettering, it all makes for an exciting read that is worth picking up. This is definitely an exciting start to Venditti’s run, and is worth picking up for new comic book day.

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