Mind Capsules – Justice League #43 and 1872 #2

Justice League #43
Justice League #43

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson

The Justice League is at a bit of standstill as to what to do. For one, they know that Grail has some sort of plan hatched up involving Darkseid and whoever or whatever this Anti-Monitor is and two, they have captured Metron and separated him from his Mobius chair in which Batman now resides. The one upside is that they now have a team member who can get them at least some of the answers that they need though when it comes to the Anti-Monitor, the Mobius chair is strangely devoid of them. To add to their troubles, Mister Miracle shows up from seemingly nowhere and imparts to them that he knows what Darkseid is up to and that they need to get going if they are going to do anything about it, which, when they show up, is a battle they are probably not going to win. Geoff Johns keeps the tension high between the members of the League as they try to figure out what needs doing. One of the most troubling things confronting them now is that Batman sits in the Mobius chair and is essentially a god by doing so. The fact that he will not get out of the chair is even more troublesome for it brings to mind that old saying about absolute power corrupting. There is a secondary plot running alongside the main one featuring Superman and Lex Luthor stuck on Apokolips with Superman’s powers waning do to a lack of sunlight as well as a lack of trust between the two men. Just how it is that they will get off the planet is a big question, but if they can find a Motherbox, the answer will present itself. While there might have been very little action in this particular issue, the suspense and intrigue were enough to keep it going, not to mention incredibly interesting. What the League plan on doing, in every circumstance, is going to rely heavily upon what Batman can find out and if the man himself can indeed be saved. Great writing from Johns once again and when paired together with Jason Fabok whose artwork is stunning, makes Justice League and the current storyline a definite read if you are not doing so already.

4 out of 5

1872 #2
1872 #2

Writer – Gerry Duggan
Artist – Nik Virella
Colours – Lee Loughridge

Steve Rogers, the sheriff of Timely is tired of the corruption that runs rampant courtesy of Wilson Fisk. He meant for Red Wolf to get a fair trial and after the judge runs out, he knows that it will not be possible. It is even more cut and dry when the two of them are confronted by four of Fisk’s henchmen and Rogers knows that there is going to be a fight whether he likes it or not. One of Marvel’s biggest surprises to come out of Secret Wars is this western written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Nik Virella. It is nice to see Marvel spreading its wings and trying out different genres to publish even though this initiative might only be for their latest big event. Seeing a western come from the publisher, among other books, makes you long for the days when they used to put out a wide range of titles. Like every other book put out under Secret Wars, this one features different versions of characters that we all know and love and while our heroes were introduced in the last issue, this one introduces the villains. Bullseye, Elektra, Grizzly and Doctor Octopus all make an appearance and they are only present for one thing and one thing only – violence. What Duggan and Virella do is brilliant as the book is just like watching an old western movie on a Saturday afternoon. Rogers is a great hero and he stays true to the characterization that has been established over the past fifty years or so. Another great move by Duggan was to re-introduce Red Wolf to the masses as the character has not been seen in print in quite some time. Come the end of the book, there is the promise of vengeance and action and with everything that went down in this book; the next issue cannot come fast enough.

4 out of 5

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