COMIC REVIEW: Justice League #47 – When Two Become One | FanboysInc

COMIC REVIEW: Justice League #47 – When Two Become One

By Buddy Beaudoin

Writer: Geoff Johns

Artists: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh


DC Comics

There have been six parts, two acts, and six one-shots so far in the saga that is The Darkseid War. Justice League #47 marks act number three and part number seven, and there’s still no end in sight.

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For those of you just joining us, Darkseid has perished and the universe has split his power among several members of The Justice League in an attempt to fill the void that his passing left, turning them into gods. The New Gods are in a fight against the remnant’s of Darkseid’s forces, a group who is hell bent on finding the Antimonitor and reclaiming their seat of power. Conjunctively, The Crime Syndicate of Earth Two has crossed over into our realm with their own intentions of ending the war. Justice League #47 is where all of that madness that Geoff Johns has orchestrated finally begins to coalesce

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Without paraphrasing the events of this issue, I will say that Johns packs in just about every character story line from the entire Darkseid War series. While it’s great to see a return on so much of the action that was missing from issue #46, this issue is as dense as platinum and can be an over encumbering read.

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The art is what we’ve all come to expect from the series. It’s streamlined and polished, but doesn’t really stand out from any of the other Justice League issues. It’s a very DC looking art style and it’s one of the reasons that Justice League is a flagship series. The art is still absolutely great and adds to the minutiae of Johns’ scripting , but there’s nothing new to see.

The key points of the story to focus on are the return of Mobius, the fighting of the Justice League members against themselves, and the banding together of the Justice League and the Crime Syndicate. It’s unclear as of yet where the Mobius story will go. We’re only given one full-page panel of him that announces his return, and Batman still has his chair regardless of Green Lantern’s insistence that he leave it. Though all of the members seem to be struggling to coexist, the hardest hitting conflict appears to be between Superman and Wonder Woman. Superman is a mere shell of the man he used to be, both in terms of Clark and the cape. Diana catches him with the lasso and attempts to quell his New God form with her love. When we leave them, Superman stands strong in his conviction to rebel against her.

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The issue ends with the return of Owl Man. In grandiose fashion, he appeals to both supergroups in an effort to unite them. The last page drops a big bombshell for the series with the preview of the upcoming issue’s title: “The All-New Justice League.” It’s not hard to speculate that the banding of these two groups together with be the final fight boss battle this series uses as its end. Now that each character has had so much development in such a short amount of time, the following arc promises to be a blow out.

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The “Best There Is:” Despite the tightly packed character development and the often slow pacing, Johns’ story is still a great read when all is said and done. It gives consideration for much of what was missing in the last issue and ramps things up for the impending team-up battle against Darkseid’s fallout forces. The art remains as polished and detailed as the rest of the Justice League series, and makes those big impacting scenes scream off the page.

The “Not Very Nice:” There’s so much consideration for character development in this issue that it requires an extra level of focus on behalf of the reader. If you’re at all distracted, you may miss out on some scenes that could play a pretty important part in the conclusion of The Darkseid War. It may not be a bad idea to read this one a couple of times to fully grasp all of its moving parts.

FBI Score: 8.5 out of 10. Justice League #47 fills in all of those missing pieces left open from the preceding issue. Geoff Johns gives painstaking attention to his character development and makes this book a true member of the Justice League franchise. If you’re not following along, be sure to catch up as the promising conclusion of The Darkseid War may turn out to be a blockbuster event for DC in 2016.

Buddy Beaudoin

Buddy Beaudoin is a writer and independent comic creator from Upstate, NY. He's a fan of tea, spacey music, and a nice pair of slacks. He LOVES comics. Batman, Swamp Thing, and Jonah Hex are some favorites, but he's also a pretty big fan of the indies. Should you ever need him, walk outside and yell his name loudly...

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