Comic Review: Justice League: Last Ride #1 (DC Comics)

The Justice League, a beacon of hope, a cast of the world’s greatest heroes that the universe has ever known, until they weren’t. Time has passed after a tragic event […]

The Justice League, a beacon of hope, a cast of the world’s greatest heroes that the universe has ever known, until they weren’t.

Time has passed after a tragic event that caused the League to disband. But, things have changed, as the universe is preparing the most grandiose murder trial ever known to the galaxy. The person in question can’t be left to their own devices and requires the League to protect them at all cost. Can the League put aside their differences to protect this individual before trial? Or will the greatest villains in the universe eradicate him before justice can be served?

Chip Zdarsky makes his DC Comics debut writing a mini-series focusing on the Justice League! Zdarsky has written some amazing work at Marvel such as Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Life Story, and currently, Daredevil. Now he’s lending his talents to the Justice League and oh boy is it good! There is something about Zdarsky’s writing that gives the book such a weighty tone, where the stakes are rising with each page. What’s great is that this is a mini-series, so this gives room for Zdarsky to do whatever he likes, and it shows. It reads like a mature Justice League book, and not for the sake of being ‘mature’. It just feels like there’s consequence in bringing the league back together and even more consequence for what ensues as the league moves forward in their quest to protect one villain from a whole universe that wants his head. One of the many facets that’s enjoyable about this book is how Zdarsky writes each member of the league, with personality and humanity. He has a way of displaying subtlety in his writing, such as Wonder Woman sitting bored in the Watchtower. And that is expertly executed by the wonderful art of Micheal Mendonca.

Mendonca‘s art is detailed with cinematic visuals on each panel, providing easy investment to the story. There’s personality with every character, each rendered and distinguished, giving each member of the league a strong presence all on their own. The colorwork provided by Enrica Angolini is graceful and provides the perfect kind of flair that a book such as this needs in scale and scope. The lettering by Andworld Design does a fine job as well! It’s safe to say that this is a worthwhile book to pick up. Everything about this book screams ‘this is the justice league book you should be reading!’ I definitely recommend picking this up for new comic book day.

Anthony Andujar Jr.

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