Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jason Fabok
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story Arc Title: The Darkseid War Part 9
Publisher: DC COMICS (April 2016)
Ok. The Insanity is cranked up again to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Cyborg and Jessica are possessed by Crime Syndicate members. The Anti-Monitor was cured of the Anti-Life Equation and becomes Mobius … and works on killing the League and the Syndicate. Lex Luthor, with powers of Darkseid, is fighting him. Flash is the Black Racer, the new God of Death. Superman has been saturated with solar energy from Apokalips. Batman has become the God of Knowledge by sitting on the Mobius Chair. Grail makes her big power play while Wonder Woman, Mister Miracle, Big Barda and Shazam are holding the line. Yet, Syndicate makes her own power play as Superwoman gives birth.
The absolute, pure insanity of this book can only be a product of the well crafted mind of Geoff Johns. There are a lot of moving parts in the Darkseid War, but Johns is starting to tie everything together for a huge finale. All the things that were developed during the storyline and the one shots were bearing a lot of of interesting fruit. Mobius proves himself among one of the strongest villains to ever grace a comic book and Johns makes him interesting and compelling enough to keep up with. Grail has been an absolute joy, becoming a wonderful new villainess to the pantheon of evil that DC Comics have. The use of the Anti-Life equation is sheer brilliant. With all the characters within the book, John continues his master and really lets each character to have a good moment. Even Mr. Miracle and Big Barda have very significant moments this issue with not just the battle, but their relationship itself. Johns hands it all seamlessly. Jessica, Cyborg, Superwoman, Owlman, Lex Luthor, Superman, Wonder Woman, Mobius, Grail and more had great moments that were well done. While there is a LOT of moving parts, Johns proves he is still of one of the greatest writers of our generation.
Fabok and Anderson are a stunning team. Fabok’s work is so very crisp, detailed and very unique in look Fabok’s art is very distinct, allowing a life likeness with his character designs. Anderson’s colors match the solid inking and line work of Fabok perfectly. Every panel is a work of art and really grips on to you. Fabok does miss a single nuance or outfit of a character, making them very distinct to show not only their personality, but their emotions as well. Fabok makes any character look better. He’s just that kind of artist that can draw anything … and everything well. And this issue is a perfect example of that. Anderson is the perfect colorist for Fabok … making a marriage of art that is just too exquisite to ignore.
There was a lot that goes on. Johns does make it work, but some people might still feel a little overwhelmed.
The penultimate chapter of The Darkseid War was adding some great new elements while tying up loose ends throughout the storyline. Johns makes it compelling, action packed, character evolving and epic with every single word and panel. Fabok and Anderson ascend the story into an instant classic with a pulse pounding, near cinematic issue with huge perspectives and beautiful art that just makes the story look and feel that much more impactful. We have all the set up for a grand and absolutely spectacular finale and this issue was just great set up.