“The Villain’s Journey” comes to a close, but does it deliver a strong finish? Read on to find out.
The official description from DC:
• ”THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY” part four!
• The team struggles to stay together as they try to combat their newest foe.
• A shocking last page that will have the world talking about this issue!
What we have here is a comic book that attempts to deliver some very light depth, while establishing a new relationship and some interesting story paths. It’s been an epic year for the Justice League with a mixed bag of adventurous results, but rest easy fans the latest story arc ends well.
Geoff Johns delivers a first-rate script that easily capitalizes on the various components of the story. What this tale represents is a poignant crossroads for a team that has been largely segmented from the rest of the DCU. The simple genius of the romp is that Johns takes what he’s been building and attempts to evolve these characters by forcing them to face some hard truths in the cold light of day. However, there were some moments where dialogue needed to be a bit stronger to deliver the necessary narrative crescendos to make key moments stick. But ultimately though, this was one of the series’ better outings.
Jim Lee, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and David Finch come together to deliver a fantastic visual treat. Each lending their style to promote and create dynamic panels, solid line-work and expert details that bring about an issue that is nothing short of a blockbuster. My only gripe is that some of the transitions between artists caused some friction, as their individual styles differed enough to create a jarring shift.
Justice League #12 ends in a frantic yet somber fashion as it offers several teasers about what’s to come for the DC Universe while lighting the fire of an interesting union. With stellar art and a good narrative, this latest team effort comes recommended.