Justice League #42

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 15, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 36
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

The epic Darkseid War event storyline continues with the critically acclaimed team of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok! As Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor maneuver toward inevitable war, Wonder Woman leads the Justice League against a force that holds the answers on how to stop it but the price might be Batmans soul! Meanwhile, Mister Miracle faces off against a mysterious hero who has been fighting in the shadows for decades!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Jul 16, 2015

    This title continues to be a must-read and in the more than capable hands of this team, the book shines brighter than ever. Even if this isnt a major crossover or crisis event, Darkseid War easily ranks up there and its only two issues in. The end of this issue will leave fans begging for issue 43…Theres a new god in town! Pick up this book as soon as possible in any format available! Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 17, 2015

    This was fantastic. PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING You want this. Highest possible recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Jul 16, 2015

    I almost wish I had something actuallybad to say about this run. Everything about its execution is top notch, allowing you to sit back, strap in, and let Johns' story take you on a whirlwind of a ride. Especially after that last page (THAT LAST PAGE!), I cannot wait until next month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Jul 19, 2015

    If you're looking for answers in this issue, pass it up, but if you want to experience the best Justice League movie we could ask for, pick this bad boy up. It'sepic. It's building to something big and something game changing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 16, 2015

    With a cosmic-level story and terrific art by Jason Fabok, this is definitely the one to keep an eye on. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Jul 16, 2015

    In conclusion, Justice League #42 shifts to a more grand scale of storytelling and artistic prowess that further shows no stopping right now. Johns remains consistent and he should be. And Fabok's art is already beautiful and even metamorphosing into something majestic, similar to Jim Lee's artistic heydays. And, my superhero transforms into what I always insist in the first place. The Darkseid War is FANTASTIC! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jul 16, 2015

    Although the whole is sure to be greater than any one piece, Justice League #42 is the kind of thing that summer events should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jul 15, 2015

    It is unsurprising, given his heavy involvement in so many of the titles to date, but Johns' encyclopedic knowledge of the entire DC universe has never been more evident than in this issue. Threads from previous New 52 events, Earth 2 and beyond are all present in this outing, with reverberations of Convergence still being felt behind the panels. The absolute bombshell of a twist in the final pages not only flips the script on the concerned character, but leaves us hungrily wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Jul 15, 2015

    There will likely be those who think that this issue is weaker compared to those that led into it. In a sense it is, because this story arc is based on big epic moves, and this issue doesn't really contain any. What it does provide though are the plot elements required for this story arc to become something pretty amazing. In other words, there are no “wow” moments here, but it is setting them up, and in a pretty impressive way. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    SnapPow.com - Harrison Rawdin Jul 16, 2015

    Justice League #42 represents a quality entry in a literary run that's second to none. The creative team continues to pile on their successes while building the stakes for what's about to happen, so by all means head to your local shop and pick this up! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Jul 16, 2015

    A quick read, the issue is similar to watching an after school cartoon, and “To be continued…” flashes across the screen. And it's Friday and the show doesn't come on during the weekend. The Justice League definitely have their work cut out for them with their backs against the wall, but they may have been provided some assistance after this issue's cliffhanger. Jason Fabok and Geoff Johns are an awesome tag team combo right now. They're like the Sting and Ultimate Warrior of comic books [or insert a more relevant duo here]! Most of the game pieces are all on the board, just waiting to see how the dominoes will fall. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Jul 17, 2015

    But it pales in comparison to how Fabok and Anderson have depicted almighty Darkseid. To put it bluntly, I was not a fan of Jim Lee's redesign of the dark god at the beginning of the New 52 and there weren't really any artists that had sweetened me on the redesign. However, this art team has made the design resonate greatly with me and I think it has a great deal to do with their use of not only lighting but of silhouette. Darkseid needs to cast an imposing shadow and the use of sinister coloring to depict the hellish landscape that lets us see Darkseid creates the shadow of a creature of evil that makes one go "Darkseid Is". Perhaps Johns is feeding off this artwork because he has been crafting some of the best Darkseid dialogue since " Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Jul 20, 2015

    In Justice League #42, Geoff Johns develops the Darkseid War into a complex storyline with multiple interlocking plotlines and numerous interrelated characters. This goes well beyond the standards of a typical comic-book arc, even beyond what one would expect of one of Johns' own famed epic narratives. In its dazzling spectacle and daring, even arrogant reach this story resembles a Jacobean masque, a sparkling, phantasmagoric entertainment encompassing the deeds of gods and designed for the amusement of kings. Johns' audience aren't kings (well, not many of us, anyway) but his tale certainly is about gods, specifically about the Old Gods and the New Gods. Or maybe even more accurately the Old Gods, the New Gods, and the Newer Gods to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 16, 2015

    The Darkseid War continues strong, and the art is still stronger than ever. I just hope we can have more focuses on the sidelined character. But with the recent announcement of Justice League: Gods & Men, I guess that problem can be solved soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 15, 2015

    The second chapter of The Darkseid War proves a bit frustrating, as there's clearly more material to explore than the limited page space allows. Still, Johns delivers another thrilling script as he builds towards the big Darkseid/Anti-Monitor conflict and begins shaking up his familiar cast in profound ways. Through it all, Fabok proves to be a perfect collaborator when it comes to conveying the spectacle, darkness and raw emotion of this tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Jul 18, 2015

    The pacing was good and Johns balances the action with character development and plot movement. This story might be best to wait for a collected edition due to the number of different storylines and characters. It can be a little hectic remembering what happened in the previous issue. Justice League #42 definitely gives off the vibe it is building to an epic climax and it provides a fun journey along the way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Jul 19, 2015

    Justice League 42 while a heavy exposition issue was still enjoyable thanks to the team of Johns and Fabok. Plus it was a nice nod from Johns to acknowledge the Lights Out crossover thanks to Hal Jordan's dialog. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Jul 18, 2015

    If you like your superheroes big and flashy and cinematic this is the comic for you. It's got all of it. Fabok is a good artist, some questionable posing but his ladies are not completely back broken. Wonder Woman was used very well, its a shame we weren't allowed a few more pages of her and Grail fighting. You can't argue this isn't a well made comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Elvis Dutan Jul 15, 2015

    Overall, while the story might not be proceeding at quickened rate, theres still enough being set down to just be satisfied with. Also, it seems like this arc will continue into a second one, so theres enough time to really bring everything home. Johns has really come a long way with regards to his Justice League in the past two years. Hopefully The Darkseid War will keep the momentum rolling when it comes to this. Comments and thoughts would be appreciated below. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 15, 2015

    Justice League #42 is a good issue, but one that comes across as lacking in some respects. The plot, while still very enjoyable, is stretched a bit too thin with how much it is trying to accomplish, and the comic feels rather light in the character department. It's disappointing to a certain degree, but I would be lying if I didn't say I had a good time. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 15, 2015

    The Darkseid War is heating up as our heroes are facing off against their worst nightmare while others are getting an upgrade.  Justice League continues it's trend of delivering awesome art while dealing out epic storytelling, but with stories this size you're always facing the exposition monster and it takes a big chomp out of the middle of this book.  Even with that though, this second part to the Darkseid War continues to impress and I can't wait to read more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 20, 2015

    All told Justice League #42 is a good, but not great issue from a creative team that has touched greatness before. Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson are a solid creative team and have the potential to make "The Darkseid War" a proper blockbuster once they blast away the exposition and playing for time. Thankfully though, we are just two issues into this arc. They have plenty of time to right the ship, and get to the good stuff hiding just underneath Johns' verbosity. What remains to be seen is if the Justice League is left standing after the smoke clears. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jul 17, 2015

    "Justice League" #42 doesn't have a huge amount of plot but it always feels busy and exciting. Johns and Fabok dish up some exposition along with a bit of forward traction, and the end result is a second chapter that keeps readers interested enough to want to come back for part three. "Justice League" is definitely determined to be the centerpiece of the DC Comics line and, right now, it definitely feels like it's providing a story that will eventually shape the future of a lot of characters. That's a good thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Herotaku - Daniel Adkins Jul 15, 2015

    Because of how many different characters and subplots there are, this issue definitely suffers from "Written-For-The-Trade" Syndrome. We barely get any real interactions with any of the characters. This issue really feels like a filler issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Ryan Blair Jul 17, 2015

    Ultimately it will be quite interesting to see how Darkseid War plays out and how our various characters will come together to not only battle against the God of Evil, but the Destroyer of Worlds. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Jul 15, 2015

    Jason Fabok was doing great things over at Detective Comics during his tenure, and to see him handle the cosmic with the same grace, attention to detail, and chutzpah as his more street-level work puts the artist in the upper-rungs of the industry. His interpretation of Johns' Apokolips is appropriately harrowing, hateful, and frightening, and how he handles the Anti-Monitor's first steps on Earth are equally daunting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - ozlongworthjr Jul 16, 2015

    The various plot points are a bit frantic, but all the action and quality art balances it out well enough to keep you on board until next month. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Jul 18, 2015

    It was a nice continuation for the story, even though it seemed that there was a bit of an information dump at the end. Read Full Review

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