Justice League #43

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 19, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 43
8.6Critic Rating
9.1User Rating

The Darkseid War event rages on as Batman takes a dark journey into the depths of Godhood and unlocks the forbidden knowledge of the DC universe! Meanwhile, arch-enemies Superman and Lex Luthor must stand together in order to survive, and Wonder Woman leads the Justice League in an offensive against the Anti-Monitor and Darkseid! But what is Grails true mission during this war-and what is the secret she holds over Wonder Woman?

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 26, 2015

    It really is surprising that this book isn't cracking the Top 10 in sales, but I expect that to change the longer Fabok stays on this book. This continues to be one of my favorite monthly titles due to the strong balance of great storytelling and beautiful art. This story continues to get better with each issue, and the conclusion of this one points to even bigger things ahead! If you've stepped away from Justice League, now is the time to come on back. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Aug 21, 2015

    Darkseid War is shaping up to be one of the best Geoff John centered stories in quite some time. It helps that he has soon to be mega star Jason Fabok as his artist. If you haven't started reading this epic, go back and start immediately. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Aug 21, 2015

    This is another stellar chapter in "The Darkseid War"! It's hard to imagine anyone not reading this phenomenal issue, especially if they've been following the story. This series continues to be a must-buy! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Aug 23, 2015

    JUSTICE LEAGUE #43 is another strong entry in a strong series and, being the third part of this series, I'm willing and excited to call that a trend. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Aug 20, 2015

    If you're suffering event fatigue, this is definitely the series for you - it packs a lot of story between the pages or a regular comic. It's so retro, it's almost revolutionary! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 19, 2015

    Justice League #43 was an excellent read from start to finish. Johns treats the reader to an issue that has something for everyone. Great character work, engaging dialogue, entertaining action and adventure all wrapped up in some gorgeous artwork by Fabok. If you like super hero comic books then run out and buy Justice League #43. Johns is delivering a classic super hero epic that will appeal to readers both young and old. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 19, 2015

    Another awesome chapter in the evolving event, Justice League #43 feels very much like the end of Act 1, which means things are about to get DARK. And I am so ready for the ride. Johns and Fabok are giving us a ton of excitement and a world of mythology and legend to piece together. Characterization, action, gorgeous art. Darkseid. This one has it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Terry Verticchio Aug 20, 2015

    Justice League hit one out of the park on the first pitch. I have to say that hasn't happened to me in a long time. This title has everything: story, dialogue, pacing and art. As for the last item, there's a panel right after the money shot; its of the heroes, they don't say a word, they just rush head long into the fray to do what they do. Stop evil. Bam. Fricken comics. Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Aug 20, 2015

    I truly loved the stand-off of Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor and how it mirrors the story of Charybdis, Scylla, and Odysseus. The splash page of these two Gods squaring off with the Earth hanging in between them is, personally, my favorite piece of Faboks art that I've ever seen. If this issue is any indication as to what we can expect for the finale of this 'Darkseid War' then count me in! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Aug 20, 2015

    Fabok, already very capable before taking over this book, has grown as a storyteller by leaps and bounds in his work with Johns. The writer, meanwhile, continues to find ways to present far-reaching ideas in a relatable and human way that draws in the reader until they are gripping the pages tighter and tighter. If this storyline sticks the landing -- and Johns is known for great follow through on his more ambitious stories -- this creative run on "Justice League" could be one for the ages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 25, 2015

    Admittedly, some readers might cry foul at the continued set-up, particularly since characters like the Flash, Cyborg and Power Ring get so little face time, and others might still find the pages following Darkseid's forces to be a bit impenetrable - and they're not wrong. But ultimately, that's not what the pull of a book like Justice League is about. This is a book that's supposed to showcase DC's best and brightest, teaming up with over-the-top adventures too big for any one of them to face alone. Justice League is a book about the heroes, first and foremost, and it's such a welcome sight to see Johns and company really digging into these powerful, potent archetypes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Aug 21, 2015

    Overall, this is my favorite issue thus far due to its ability to build excitement and deliver cinematic panels. The art is fantastic and Fabok gives us great character designs like Bat-God and Kalibak. Finishing with a head on charge between the Justice League, Darkseid, and the Anti-Monitor creates the perfect cliffhanger and leaves me counting the days until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Aug 21, 2015

    The comic is pretty well done as an entity. It's over the top, but you can't put it down as not dynamic work. And while the coloring follows DC's current house palette of choice and could use a slight more touch of stylized coloring, it is nonetheless rich with cinematic flair that matches Fabok's weighty work and paneling. I don't know what is going to happen next; that is a good sign. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Aug 19, 2015

    If you haven't already jumped on the Darkseid War trolley, then this issue should really persuade you to get on board.  Besides for some bits about Superman that I don't agree with, this issue was beyond fantastic.  Between the epic story taking place and the excellent art all the way through, Justice League is an issue that you won't want to miss.   Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 19, 2015

    The Darkseid War is further proof that Geoff Johns does event-worthy storytelling better than just about anyone. This issue further ramps up the excitement and attention while showcasing Jason Fabok's phenomenal storytelling skills. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 21, 2015

    The Darkseid War doesn't set out to be high art; it sets out to be a triple A tent-pole movie. It hits exactly the mark its aiming for, and even in many ways surpasses the films its trying to emulate. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Aug 20, 2015

    A great issue that takes the whole conflicts to the next level. Who would the heroes side with is everyone's guess, but so far, Anti-Monitor seems like the lesser of two evils, just a personal experience. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 22, 2015

    “The Darkseid War” could have easily been DC's big yearly event but keeping it contained here allows readers and easier way to stay engaged with the story and be excited about what's coming next without feeling the burden of buying 15 tie-ins. “Justice League” #43 is a total winner and if you love classic superhero action, this is a story you can't miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Aug 20, 2015

    Justice League #43 turned out to be an accessible and engaging entry that's bound to make more than a few fanboys and fangirls happy. With the right amount of build-up and preparation from the creative team this War is really starting to heat up in the right ways. The time has come so by all means go out to your local shop and grab yourself a copy. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Aug 21, 2015

    Geoff Johns is carefully placing his dominos in a large pattern that is sure to be spectacular when all the pieces fall. The question is, what will remain? Darkseid Waris its own event, so any ramifications that result in this story, for the most part will be self contained. Nonetheless, the ramifications appear to be drastic with a few casualties most likely on the way. The physical action between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor has begun, but the rest of the war is just getting started. There's a lot going on that is sure to turn the tides of battle. Only thing is, how can there be a true clean victory in a fight such as this? Things are sure to be shaken up, but it's not a company wide event. The results of this war will most likely affect the characters on a personal level. Lives taken, relationships shaken, and the earth a quaking (sorry, I was reading Dr. Seuss earlier). This story will definitely be a great trade because I want all of the issues NOW! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 22, 2015

    A good read, though the main plot isn't as interesting as the character development and the art makes some odd choices. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Aug 24, 2015

    It would seem that the three Justice League titles, Geoff Johns'Justice League, Bryan Hitch'sJustice League of America, and Jeff Parker'sJustice League United, are speaking with one voice and one opinion – gods and prophets are at best treacherous and at worst poisonous. Based on the evidence presented in these books since DC finished itsConvergence publishing break, the appearance of a divinity, or the messenger of such, should be enough to send any intelligent superhero, never mind any ordinary mortal, screaming in the opposite direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Aug 20, 2015

    Pretty good issue, light on action, but bigger on answers as the war finally kicks off in earnest. This series will be large and sprawling, so it's really hard to tell where exactly all this is going, but that's part of the fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Aug 22, 2015

    This is an issue that makes it clear that the creative team knows exactly what they are doing. This is going to be an extended storyline so, honestly, this is the issue that makes certain everything is moving along as it should be. Theres a lot of plot movement and it is handled very well. One hopes that this is a trend that continues in the next issue, but thats something we can never quite be sure of. Im anxiously awaiting it though. Comments and thoughts would be appreciated below. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Aug 23, 2015

    When I finished the last few pages and read the crazy new cliffhanger, I didn't feel full. I wanted more. I can't wait for the next issue, because this appetizer did what it needed to do, make me crave the main course. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Aug 20, 2015

    'The Darkseid War' is shaping up to be quite the Justice League tale that fans have been waiting for. With this creative team on board, this is a book you simply don't want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Aug 19, 2015

    The 3rd installment of "Darkseid War" moves the chess pieces across the board and sets up one Justice Leaguer with God-like status while removing it from another. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Aug 20, 2015

    Although the focus could be tightened a bit, Justice League #43 still has some of the best scenes of "Darkseid War." Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 24, 2015

    A strong entry into the most appealing "Justice League" event in years. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Aug 19, 2015

    Justice League #43 is a good comic book, but it could be a great one. Surely at some point the hunt for Mister Miracle will yield something great in the home stretch of the "Darkseid War," but as of now, its just distracting from the real meat of the plot. Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson have great issues in them and have delivered them before, but they can't all be rock solid. Justice League #43 is solid enough but it could be more if it was just a bit more focused on the plots that are continually interesting. At least now we have a explosive start to the "Darkseid War" and the only thing left to do now is see who makes it out the other side once the dust settles. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Aug 20, 2015

    Justice League #43 falls victim to the audience knowing more about what is happening than the characters. Johns has to spend a number of pages describing who certain characters are and what their play is. This leads to an almost skippable first two-thirds of the book. Despite these shortcomings, there are some bright spots, mainly Superman and Lex. In addition, the final third of the book really builds the tension and sets the war in motion. Fabok's artwork is absolutely fabulous from body language, to sequential panel layouts, to the action scenes. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...