Review – Justice League: Last Ride #1
Story: Chip Zdarsky
Art: Miguel Mendonca
Colours: Enrica Angiolini
Lettering: AndWorld Design
Covers: Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez, Miguel Mendonca, Enrica Angiolini
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 2021-05-11
Once, the Justice League was the most powerful collection of superheroes in the universe. But an unthinkable tragedy within its ranks has caused Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to go their separate ways, leaving the League broken and disbanded under a veil of anger and mistrust. Now, against the backdrop of the universe’s greatest murder trial, can the League reconcile the past before they’re eradicated by the greatest villains in the cosmos?
Surprise, surprise there’s been another crisis in the DC Multiverse! Who could see it coming, just in time for the some Crossover season we get Justice League: Last Ride.. so let’s put on our big boy red pants, sigh at the screen and hope that DC has learned the lessons of the past 42 Crisis events!
Zdarsky starts the book with a tired Superman returning to his Fortress of Solitude where Lois is waiting for him.. If this is not freshadowing something happening later to Superman or Lois then I’m mad! After waking from a nightmare he answers a dusty JL alarm in a chest. We’re then transported to the Watchtower where we learn that the Green Lantern Coprs have fallen (again) and that Lobo has somehow wiped out The New Gods. Jon Stewart wants to hide Lobo while he awaits trial but grumpy ole Batman takes his ball and won’t play with the other kids anymore.
It’s a by the numbers book and here are my predictions… One of the trinity dies (hint-hint Superman,) Lobo is actually a good guy, a minor character that nobody cares about will be introduced and die later, blah blah Darkseid, blah blah battle with all heroes and villains splashed over 2 issues and in the end, the dust will settle.
Miguel Mendonca and Enrica Angiolini paint a pretty grim palette with tones straight out of the Zack Snyder colouring book. The pages are laid out with 2-3 pages of dialogue with a big splash panel to draw your attention every few pages. There is a great three-page spread where Batman is taking down Mr Freezze who perpetrating a Schwarzenegger style kidnapping. While batman scurries around Superman tidies it up in a second showing the futility of the unpowered hero!
This is nothing new from DC, another year another Crisis..and I do not expect any surprises. It’s a playbook from the Big Book of DC Plotlines! and I’m bored, bored and very bored of all of it now. I give the writing a measly 2 stars and the artwork a middling 3.5 stars with an overall 2.5 stars
I really hope you get something out of this review of Justice League: Last War #1 and thanks to DC Comics who provided BGCP with a preview copy!
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