Mind Capsules – Justice League #47 and Squadron Supreme #2

Justice League #47
Justice League #47

Writer – Geoff Johns
Artist – Jason Fabok
Colours – Brad Anderson
Letters – Rob Leigh

With everything that is going on, the Justice League is essentially grasping at straws on what to do next. One of those straws are the members of the Crime Syndicate, specifically Ultraman and Superwoman whom the League believes will have information on Mobius. Like any desperate plan, things are not as thought out as they should be, mistakes are made and problems arise – as does the Crime Syndicate. Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok deliver another thrilling chapter in the Darkseid War, one that features the villains in the spotlight as much as it does the heroes. Everything that could go wrong this issue does, though the League does manage to pull off a bit of a win by bringing Superman back to his senses after being corrupted by the solar pits of Apokolips. While Superman seems to be okay for the moment, the League is still unsure of Batman, who seems sort of like himself, but they would prefer it if he left the Chair, which he of course refuses to do. For the moment, they do not press the issue because there are bigger things on the imminent horizon that are just a little more distressing. The Crime Syndicate themselves have been absent from the book for a little while, with the exception of Power Ring and the tide starts to turn against the League once again with her as Volthoom takes control. The ending of the book leaves us on a cliff-hanger, which is to be expected, but it is one of those final pages that is classic in its approach and incredibly effective as it not only creates excitement but also gives us a hint as to what might happen in the next issue. Johns and Fabok know how to leave you wanting more and if the book did not get your blood pumping before, it definitely will with that final reveal. There are still a lot of things that need to be answered such as what Grail’s intentions are with Steve Trevor and when we will see Luthor return. A bigger one is what will Mobius do now and how will he go about accomplishing that plan with so many against him, including members of the League who have the powers of gods? Saying this book is DC’s best at the moment is debatable though it is in contention for the title, but it does create more anticipation and buzz than any other in recent memory.

5 out of 5

Squadron Supreme #2
Squadron Supreme #2

Writer – James Robinson
Artist – Leonard Kirk
Inker – Paul Neary
Colours – Frank Martin
Letters – Travis Lanham

It would be pretty hard for writer James Robinson to top the excitement of the events that took place last issue, especially as it featured the death of a major Marvel character. So instead of trying to do just that, he lets our heroes settle down for a bit and take a breather and gives the reader a chance to get to know the players just a little bit better. So it is that we learn Power Princess is a succubus, needing the life energies of other beings so that she might remain young and after spending a night with a young man, has a strange meeting with Modred, once known as the Mystic. Dr. Spectrum and Blur miss their home planets and do not know as of yet what to make of the Earth they now find themselves a part of and Hyperion is having a bit of a crisis of conscience. It is not over the fact of killing Namor, he simply has no idea what to make of everything, the world, his life and so on and he is looking for answers. The only person who seems to have all his pieces in place is Nighthawk who is eager to get his life in order so that he might continue on with the mission that the team had set out for themselves. To that effect, he is currently investigating some strange shipments of what seems to be oil professionally and personally he is using his newfound identity to buy up as many resources as he can so that he might learn all there is to know about essentially everything. Things are going smoothly for the man, at least until the moment fate catches up to him and Robinson leaves the issue on an ending that promises a lot of action to come. Even though the book did not feature as many wide-eyed moments as its first issue, Robinson and Leonard Kirk provided the reader with a pretty solid second issue, giving us some good characterization and setting things up for a confrontation that everyone knew was coming. In a sense, this new Squadron Supreme reminds you of The Authority, as they are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done no matter who stands in their way. It has been a while since we had a team like that and it is quite a refreshing read from the normal superheroics we get in most books being published today. Like the first issue, you cannot wait to see what comes next making Squadron Supreme a definite must-read.

4 out of 5

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