Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – Francis Manapul
Colours – Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Darkseid is dead, killed by the Black Racer who now inhabits the body of the Flash. The Anti-Monitor has disappeared, as has Grail and the rest of the bad guys and for the moment, the League is left reeling. Things are going to be different now with Darkseid gone, and while the future of Apokolips is a question that needs answering, so to do the fates of our heroes, specifically the Flash, Batman who is now the master of the Mobius Chair, Shazam who is now hearing the voices of what must be the gods in his head and Superman, now possessed of the dark energy of Apokolips. And while we have no idea as to what will happen with our heroes, they have to be wondering when Grail and the Anti-Monitor will reappear. Geoff Johns who is joined by Francis Manapul for the second act of Darkseid War, continues his tension-filled saga of gods and heroes and it remains just as good as the previous issues. Killing off the League’s biggest villain is something that you would never expect to happen, especially as Darkseid has such a rich and storied history at the publisher and yet, it has paid off handsomely as the book is more interesting now than it has ever been and at its most exciting point in its entire run. Johns raises a lot of questions over the course of the issue and watching our heroes act out of character, specifically Superman, is quite strange to witness. How will the League take care of its own when three of them now have the powers of a god, powers that far eclipse those possessed by the rest of them? Batman may be the only one who can help as he now lays claim to the knowledge of the universe, but then who will save Batman from himself? And what of Lex Luthor and the startling cliff-hanger the book is left on? With some really fantastic artwork from Manapul, Johns and company create the best page-turner currently being churned out at the publisher. Thrilling to say the least.
4.5 out of 5
Writer – Charles Soule
Artist – Jay Leisten, Brandon Peterson
Inker – Steve McNiven
Colours – Sunny Gho, Nolan Woodward
The first issue of The Uncanny Inhumans picks right up as if nothing had ever happened to interrupt the flow of the story from the last series to this one and it sees Black Bolt on a mission with Reader and Triton to rescue his son from the ancient past. The problem lies in the fact that he made a deal with Kang the Conqueror which effectively means that Ahura belongs to Kang and Kang does not take kindly to betrayal. It is good to see the Inhumans back in their own regular title and even better to see that Black Bolt is going to be playing a large part in it, even though for the moment, Medusa still reigns over Attilan as its Queen. While Black Bolt wants Ahura back to ensure the continuation of his line, his motivations go much deeper than that for with Ahura back, maybe, just maybe, Medusa will take him back. Black Bolt has only ever done what he thought was right for his people, but lately he seems to be regretting those decisions just a little. The book also takes a look at Medusa for a moment and leaves the book on a fairly crazy cliff-hanger and while that might get people excited for the second issue, the book also features a bit of drama in a backup tale starring Gorgon, paralyzed in a previous story and something that Secret Wars did not fix. It is sad to see the once mighty warrior brought low and unable to do anything but bark commands so hopefully as Karnak was able to come back from the dead, maybe our heroes will find something to aid the man so he might get back in the fight, so to speak that is. Charles Soule, Jay Leisten and company pack the book full of action and drama and as far as first issues go, it is off to a strong start. It should be a lot of fun to see what comes next.
4 out of 5