Justice League #41

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 3, 2015 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 37 User Reviews: 49
9.0Critic Rating
9.3User Rating

The critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok present the much anticipated, extra-sized first chapter of DARKSEID WAR! When the Justice League investigate a series of unexplained murders on Earth, it leads them to the frontlines of a war unlike any the DC Universe has ever seen a battle between the two most powerful villains in existence: Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor! Meet Darkseids daughter a mysterious force of evil with a bizarre connection to the Justice League! Plus: The horrible secret of Superwomans baby! The ultimate temptation of Batman! Lex Luthor vs. Superman no holds barred! New villains! New allies! And so much more

  • 10
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jun 4, 2015

    This is an event you won't want to miss and if Justice League #41 is any indication, this will be one of their best. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jun 5, 2015

    After I finished every page, I went back to the top and reread it again. The action bouncing around between three different fights left me breathless and wondering if I still had my head on straight. Johns' seems to always know how to craft a deep and massive story. He goes to the roots of the comics and pulls out details I would never think of. While reading this, I did miss the Johns/Lee team of old, but Fabok's art was the right kind of grit and realism the battles needed. By the end of part one of "The Darkseid War", I have more questions than answers. I crave for more big battles with our heroes in real danger. Can it just be July already so part two is in my hands? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Daniel Kalban Jun 4, 2015

    Darkseid War is off to an amazing start and fans will be excited to see old faces return as well as some really great twists. War has come once again to Earth. Let's hope we survive it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jun 4, 2015

    Yes, this book is priced at $4.99, but it is a 40-page book from this stellar creative team…its worth every penny. This is shaping up to be a far better event than Convergence. Death to Darkseid!! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Jun 3, 2015

    Justice League #41 is an amazing read and an easy place to dive into this war. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys epic superhero tales, and if Justice League has fallen from your pull list in recent months, now is the time to re-add this book. Excellent writing, flawless artwork and massive events featuring the biggest characters in the DCU are found in this comic and I can't wait for the next chapter of The Darkseid War. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jun 3, 2015

    Often when we read the first part of a big story, there's a lot of set up and the action is often light. That isn't the case here. Geoff Johns has been moving this series towards Darkseid War since the first issue. While we are introduced to some new players, there is plenty of story, character building, and action to keep us glued. Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson's art and colors are phenomenal. There's some big developments and huge twists even though the story is just beginning. Who knows how intense things will get after this? This is like a summer blockbuster movie. Where's my popcorn at? I'll be counting down the days until issue #42. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jun 6, 2015

    The Darkseid War begins, and it's a doozy! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jun 5, 2015

    It's a story loaded with shocking turns, deadly forces moving into position, and a Crisis on Infinite Earths-level threat to the Earth. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jun 4, 2015

    A great start for The Darkseid War with excellent visuals. Oh, yeah. I'll be back for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Jun 4, 2015

    The issue is well written and wonderfully drawn. Geoff Johns crams a ton of material in here, but never does it feel overwhelming. A lot is going on here, and it seems like each member will travel down some very interesting journeys. Plenty of peril and doom is to be found in these pages, and the sheer scope of the story is exciting. It appears to be a very large story, but the great thing is that it is its own contained event. It doesn't have to necessarily carry over into other books, and here we have a Kryptonian suit wearing, slick-haired Superman, and a Chappie-less Batman (that's still Bruce). I'm all for the changes, but this title gave me a bit of what I wanted: some good ol' fashioned superhero drama. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Jun 8, 2015

    Despite all of the troubles concerning New 52 continuity, Johns has managed to craft a new wave of Justice League lore DC Comics fans can be proud of. Justice League #41 is the amalgamation of a few years worth of comics, and the kind of thing geeks dream of. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Jun 8, 2015

    This is the best issue of Geoff Johns' run so far. Jason Fabok's art will have jaws dropped in awe with how consistently amazing it is on every page. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    DC Collectors - Joel Bowers Jun 7, 2015

    This is how you start an event! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jun 3, 2015

    While I've made the comparison (for New Gods' sake) to "Super Powers," this new chapter of the Justice League's adventures truly feels parallel to George Prez's work, at least visually. Flash leaving a crime scene to check DNA and returning before Batman can finish a question is descendant from Barry leaving Red Tornado's apartment in New York to check a prison cell in Denver in "Justice League of America" #193. Clearly, Johns and Fabok find inspiration in the League's storied past, as well as the energy and enthusiasm in their collaboration to create new legends for future generations. We'll have to wait and see what Fabok can do with a team assembled around a meeting table on the satellite, but "Justice League" #41 feels like a cornerstone of a new era. This is a grand new start, with revelations and jawdroppers aplenty. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - JaDarrell Belser Jun 9, 2015

    Said story would be courtesy of DCs Scripter Supreme, Mister Geoff Johns. Everything this guy writes, from Aquaman to Green Lantern to The Flash, is GOLD in my book and this first chapter of The Darkseid War just ups his already impeccable resume. I also enjoyed the art of Jason Fabok(Detective Comics). While Im not familiar with his artwork, one sequence in this book features the strangest Boom Tube appearance Ive ever seen in a comic. I loved the details of the bowels of Apokolips as Mister Miracle makes his way through. Also, the almost shadowy appearance of Darkseid makes this well-established villain look even more sinister. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jun 4, 2015

    “Justice League” #41 is one of the most exciting single issues that DC has put out in quite some time and absolutely cannot be missed. This is the beginning of a huge storyline and is a great place to jump into the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jun 4, 2015

    Other creators take note: this is how JUSTICE LEAGUE is done. It might be a case of peaking early, but this opening salvo in "The Darkseid War" really has it all. Putting the Multiverse front and centre as a plot device, and pitting a classic Justice League line-up against one of the heaviest hitting villains, this has all the hallmarks of being a classic in the making. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Herotaku - Daniel Adkins Jun 4, 2015

    Justice League #41 begins the Darkseid War with a bang. Geoff Johns pens a great story for both longtime and new readers, with Jason Fabok's fantastic art bringing it to life. Anyone can pick up this comic and find an enjoyable read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Jun 5, 2015

    “The Darkseid War” begins in rather tame fashion, but by the issue's end Johns and Fabok have put the pieces in place for this to arc to be among the best – and most grand in scope – since the universe was relaunched in 2011. There is one minor follyinvolving Lex during one of the issue's big surprises which, in retrospect makes very little sense. However, that is the only chink in the armor of an otherwise fantastic issue. In the year that sees the 30th anniversary of the legendaryCrisis on Infinite Earths, this has the makings ofa true celebration. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 3, 2015

    Minor speed bumps aside, however, Justice League has been on an upswing since "The Amazo Virus" arc, and "The Darkseid War" looks to continue this series' dominance. With tons of extra pages to let Johns and Fabok work their magic, this absolutely raises the bar for much of the rest of the DC catalog. If you've been a lapsed reader, now is the time to get back on board. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Yet Another Media Site - Kevin Finnigan Jun 4, 2015

    Jason Fabok continues to be a godsend for JUSTICE LEAGUE. His artwork has a kinetic energy too it that makes every scene, talking or battle, feel like a blockbuster film. The Flash seems to be oddly slow, with Fabok going for the "Flash appearing multiple times on the page" without actually showing any motion for him. Even if it's a light outline of the Flash running across the page, anything than just three Flashes on the page would have been a better representation of his speed. It's funny that I describe Fabok's artwork as "kinetic," and his Flash feels stiff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Batman Universe - TBU Contributor Jun 5, 2015

    This story was nothing short of brilliant. I absolutely loved the scene where the league was together investigating the murder scene. The whole tone of the book is Johns at his best and reminds me of his best stories from Infinite Crisis to Green Lantern Rebirth. I can really feel that Johns is going to knock this one out of the park and I for one cannot wait until JL #43 when Batman sits upon that Mobius chair and sees EVERYTHING like the Divergence preview promised. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Jun 15, 2015

    Few spectacles outside Breaking Bad can say they accomplished what Justice League #41 accomplished. It succeeded in kick-starting the Darkseid War. Anyone who is a fan of big summer blockbusters or volatile stories with the flare of illegal fireworks is going to want to get some popcorn. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Jun 4, 2015

    Man, oh man. This issue packs quite a wallop and might be a contender for one of my favorite issues of the series. Johns is a master at story telling and even though he keeps most of the big reveals very close to the vest, you really get the sense that this is the story he has been leading to through his entire run. This is neither confirmed or even researched, but I wouldn't be surprised if Johns left the title after this arch. You can see the seeds being sewn from the past 40 issues coming together and with the introduction of new characters, this story has the making of being a pivotal point in the New 52, and in DC's overall history. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 3, 2015

    The Darkseid War is quickly shaping up to be one of Geoff Johns finest Justice league storylines. It feels more event-worthy than many actual event comics, between the dramatic plot twists, epic confrontations and truly cinematic art. And best of all, it doesn't come across as just another Darkseid conflict. This is something bigger and more unpredictable. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jun 4, 2015

    Great start, DC, can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jun 3, 2015

    There are definitely a lot of players associated here, and while the issue does well enough to follow up on the developments of the previous issue, there is a bit of a dropoff in tone. Part of this is the ease by which Darkseid's daughter manages to lay waste to the Justice League, a common enough ploy to establish a new villain as particularly threatening, even if her demise is assured by the end of this story arc. As it stands though this issue is saved by the role of Mister Miracle, as opposed to the relatively regular story of an alien invasion which the Justice League has to deal with, Mr. Miracle gives this story a heart that manages to keep it moving along through its disparate story elements. There are certainly bigger fireworks to follow, but for the time being this issue manages to put all the players in place while also giving the reader someone new to cheer for. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Crusaders - Cedbill Jun 4, 2015

    All in all, this book is a must-pickup. The League is awesome, the story epic on so many proportions, and the art"well, yeesh, there's a 2-pager in there that introduces the second major villain in the Darkseid War, the Anti-Monitor, and it's truly a sight to behold. It gets overwhelming at times, and will have you dying for the continuation immediately, but it's awesome on so many levels. My only wish is that we will get more Captain Cold in the issues to come, and that Clark & Lex will put their at-this-point-rather-petty feud behind them eventually. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jun 4, 2015

    The Darkseid War looks like it is going to be huge and bombastic, a little dark and ruthless but hopefully a bit of fun along the way. Johns continues to writeJustice League like a big action film, and Fabok does a great job of bringing that to life. If you haven't been following up until now, or dropped off the book before, consider checking this out. You won't be much more in the dark than long time readers are, and the writing is strong enough to not need prior knowledge either. The issue is a bit pricey, but as it is 40 pages you do get your money's worth. Pick this up at your LCS or digitally. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jun 7, 2015

    When I was much younger, my favorite bumper sticker read “Cthulhu for President! Why settle for the lesser of two evils?” InJustice League #41,Geoff Johns shows us a world riven between evils, and it is not an amusing sight. Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor have chosen Earth 0 as their battleground, and the Justice League is squarely between the two juggernauts. That, of course, was only to be expected given the lead up to this story, which is after all titledThe Darkseid War. What was not to be expected was the care and detail and complexity with which Johns has described his fictional world and its denizens. This is probably Johns' most promising work since the reboot of 2011. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jun 9, 2015

    Justice League #41 is a great example of how to keep the opening issue of an event moving forward while introducing all the major players along the way. This attention to detail allowed every big moment Geoff Johns gives each character have a greater impact to what was going on. The issue also does a great job making the story really feel like there is no hope for the Justice League to overcome the might of Darkseid and Anti-Monitor's forces as they are. Seeing how the Justice League can overcome these odds makes the anticipation for what comes next harder to endure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jun 5, 2015

    Stinging iodine Batman this is violent. I really would like something fresher than this "radical" extreme out of nowhere "daughter" to Darkseid pontificating everywhere which feels a bit"done. I've seen this before. It's a trope. I've liked what Johns can do, I feel this is a bit heavy handed. The dynamic coloring and effects give this a flashy look though so I cannot deny the hard work that went into this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jun 4, 2015

    It's clear that both Johns and Fabok brought their game faces for this story arc and I am looking forward to seeing just how this will continue. If you haven't been reading Justice League I recommend starting now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Jessie Robertson Jun 18, 2015

    Johns builds brilliantly on his Justice League run up till now, bringing back Darkseid for this epic tale where so many amazing, powerful and interesting characters from the old DC universe make their New 52 debuts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jun 3, 2015

    Justice League #41 was a very exciting start to this new story arc. It presented an interesting story and direction, tossed in some solid writing, and had some incredible artwork. It was flawed for sure, but really just minor letdowns rather than anything that's truly awful or infuriating. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out and hopefully, the heroes and villains get more time to shine or at least develop. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jun 3, 2015

    Geoff Johns comes out firing with Part One of the Darkseid War and while it's very exciting and action packed, it felt a little over stuffed.  So many things are coming at you in this story and just when you think they can't throw anything else at you.......BAM!  A whole other development is dropped on your lap and you're just left with your mouth agape.  Excellent art all the way through and my only hope for the future is that Johns' paces himself a bit with what he gives us because after this one, we've got a lot to digest.   Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Buccaneer Book Reviews - Cap'n Aldous B. Adder Jun 4, 2015

    An entertaining but ultimately ho-hum comic that carries on the action-heavy DC comic mainstream standard. They've produced some decent books the past few years but sadly their core books like this one remain mediocre at best " though it is better than I remember JL being when last I tried to read it. I long for the days when Johns wrote stories like Sinestro Corps War which was absolutely excellent in every sense and made me love his writing. Read Full Review

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