By Grant Morrison (writer), JG Jones and Carlos Pacheco (pencils), Marco Rudy and Jesus Merino (inks), Alex Sinclair (colors)
The Story: Darkseid is back and ready to create The Fifth World! Meanwhile, the remaining superheroes duke it out with the villains in an all out attack at Bludhaven. From afar the Green Lanterns amass for a final counterattack on Earth. But are they too late? With the Darkseid’s transformation of the planet nearly complete hope comes from the most unlikeliest of places.
What’s Good? The art. Carlos Pacheco and JG Jones team up to deliver some densely populated scenes that don’t look or feel cluttered. One of the worries I had was the clashing of the two art styles might cause a big distraction. However, that doesn’t happen. Pages and scenes blend together almost seamlessly and a lot of credit has to go to the colors for keeping everything consistent.
The Green Lantern scenes are lots of fun, too.
What’s Not So Good? Too much going on at once and too many characters clogging up the story. It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed with so much going on. Grant Morrison’s compressed storyline doesn’t help either. This book is marking big changes for the DC Universe yet only die hard readers are the only ones who will ultimately reap the rewards.
Conclusion: If you have the stomach to follow, go right ahead. It’s not easy, but if you dig in, you might be able to hang with the story.
– J. Montes