Justice League #45

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 21, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 37
7.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

The critically acclaimed Darkseid War continues as the second wave of war begins with Darkseid War: Gods and Men! Writer Geoff Johns is joined by superstar artist Francis Manapul for this special issue featuring the all-new, all-powerful Justice League! In the aftermath of the cataclysmic events of JUSTICE LEAGUE #44, members of the League have gained great power the power of Gods! but at a great price. And that price may be their destruction, unless Wonder Woman and Mister Miracle can help the League escape the curse of the New Gods and hold on to their humanity.

  • 10
    Batman-News - Terry Miles, Jr. Oct 23, 2015

    I was on the edge of my seat while reading this issue. Mainly because I don't sit properly in my chair, but I was also highly entertained but what unfolded. Essentially the conclusion to something big, and the start of something bigger Justice League #45 is terrific, start to finish. Although the main fight is done Justice League have their hands full with the multiple changes within the team. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 21, 2015

    This has been and continues to be an epic story. Geoff Johns is not slowing down. The first act of Darkseid War may have ended but there's clearly so much more to come. Jason Fabok's art is missed but there is absolutely no complaining since we get the gorgeous art of Francis Manapul. I was a little concerned with the upcoming one-shots happening but after reading this, you'll be welcoming them in order to get more of this story. JUSTICE LEAGUE is not a title to be missed. There's so much going on. You'll love being able to dive in and get sucked into the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Oct 21, 2015

    Geoff Johns is cranking the dial to 11 with every issue of Justice League. DC is backing him up with fantastic artists and the results are huge. The set up for the one-shots is well executed and this continues to be one of the greatest arcs in comics this year. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Oct 22, 2015

    Lex goes through the biggest change of them all inJustice League#45 when he meets a camp of "Forever People" believing he himself is the prophesied Superman. Shazam becomes a conduit for what seems to be all of the New Gods, and it's here the League is thrown into complete disarray with Wonder Woman to pick up the pieces. With the sudden threat of the villains at their feet, the threat of the Anti-Monitor still looming, and several members dealing with new found Godhood"the next chapter in this event sized title can't come quickly enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 24, 2015

    Geoff Johns' story continues to surprise - this is the kind of epic scale this series should be trading in - it's a perfect fit. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Oct 25, 2015

    It was genuinely interesting to see what Johns has been building to in this arc with making Batman the God of Knowledge and then making The Flash the God of Death. I won't spoil it for you, but almost everyone in the JL have now been converted to some New God and it's really exciting to see the characters that haven't been changed rise up and overcome the odds. This arc has been equally about Wonder Woman as the Darkseid War and I can only assume something exciting is going to happen with her. The only downside to this issue was that it was a little bit of a reprieve from the action that last issue built on, but this happened for good reason. There was much more actual story-telling in this issue than in the past, so I'll give it a pass on my part. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Oct 26, 2015

    The art, while beautiful is indeed quite different so the change is a bit jarring but this is not dock much points (why would it?). Otherwise the Forgotten People thing seems quite sudden and they move fast. Pacing has been all over the place and while I appreciate movement this felt slightly squished. I'm sure it will level out. I'm feeling like Wonder Woman will get a huge role from now on to try to release her teammates from their New God possessions and I'm quite excited. This does, as I mentioned earlier have Final Crisis elements to it, and given Wonder Woman was purposefully more or less put out of commission for the event (becoming a Female Fury, freed from the Anti-Life equation off panel and shown bounding Darkseid with her lasso…that's about it…) this almost feels like a spiritual answer to that story (the Death of Darkseid) but with Diana now sort of given more to do. Hopefully. Let's see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 21, 2015

    Justice League slows down a bit as it enters the second act of The Darkseid War, but there's still plenty to like in this new issue. Francis Manapul's striking designs and vibrant colors alone are worth the price of entry. And with a deeper look at how the Justice League's respective transformations are affecting them, this conflict is only growing more interesting and unpredictable. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Oct 22, 2015

    Justice League #45 slows down a bit on the story, but it is a great set up for future tie-ins. Arts by Francis Manapul is great, and it's also great to see how everything affects the Justice League members. This is a issue that has me excited for what's going to happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Oct 28, 2015

    “I am become Death, the shatterer of world's.” That quote is more in keeping with the personality of Shiva, or failing him of J. Robert Oppenheimer, than of Barry Allen. But it is the literal truth asJustice League #45 opens. Barry has been merged with the Black Racer, the incarnation of Death, courtesy of the Anti-Monitor. In truth, one might fairly see that as all in a day's work for the Flash. This is the man who rebooted the entire universe not so long ago, after all. What's unusual even for Barry is that his first act was to kill Darkseid. Gods in this universe are not eternal. They can die, and, as we see in this issue, they can be born. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 21, 2015

    If there's one concern I might have, having followed Johns' work over the years, it's that sometimes he can get lost in his own sprawling mythologies, as evidenced towards the end of his run on Green Lantern. Yet the nature of a book like Justice League is its sheer impermanence - that these characters can't just be permanently changed - might provide the perfect stopgap towards Johns reaching for plot twists rather than solid characterization. As far as Justice League is concerned, however, Johns is currently hitting that perfect sweet spot, one that results in big moments stemming from an innate knowledge of the DCU and all of its characters. There's a new pantheon in town - and that's the kind of Justice League story we've all been praying for. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jesse Peterson Oct 27, 2015

    The biggest flaw in the whole book is the same flaw since the beginning of the arc. Where does this take place?!Does this story even matter or is it just a fun romp out of continuity/cannon. That one detail is the only big hindrance against the book. For being a fan of the DCU and the Justice League, this book is a must buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Oct 23, 2015

    Johns gives us some cool moments throughout this issue. Starting with the monologue of Wonder Woman, Johns has been utilizing her really well as a set up for these issues and helping to create suspense. Having her state that new gods are born out of a gods death builds excitement for the issue. Despite not being happy with Bat-Gods way of thinking, I like the new personalities of the new gods, especially Flash, so Im definitely looking forward to seeing Johns develop these new gods further in future issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Oct 26, 2015

    Before we pick back up with Justice League #45, there will be six one-shots highlighting different members of the Justice League and their new transformations into God-like beings. Will they be able to harness these new powers for good, or will our heroes become corrupted? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Oct 26, 2015

    Although it feels lighter weight than previous issues, "Justice League" #45 continues the unique story that is "Darkseid War" and has Francis Manapul firing on all Boom Tubes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Danny Rivera Oct 22, 2015

    I only hope JUSTICE LEAGUE can live up to what they're doing. As I said above, the main part is the least interesting part, with Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Power Ring (poor Jessica Cruz–she's been Power Ring for all of five minutes and now has to contend with allthis), and Steve Trevor left cleaning up the mess of the war and dealing with Darkseid's lieutenants, while all the other characters run off into their own books for their exciting parts. Because they're all one-shots, however, I hope they'll all be in a narrative place to come back for more JUSTICE LEAGUE and add to the stakes and circumstances. Otherwise, JUSTICE LEAGUE #45 just did a great job of saying, “READ THESE BOOKS… but stop reading this one.” Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Oct 22, 2015

    Theres definitely no reason why readers shouldn't pick this up! The arc is in its fifth issue, so everyone should be fully invested, especially after last months massive cliffhanger. Also, people should be on the lookout for the six tie-ins that will delve deeper into the changes/battles members of the team are going through. The Darkseid War continues to be an impressive milestone for this brilliant series. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Oct 21, 2015

    This is the start of the next chapter of the next event, and new readers should be able to hop in with very little issues. They might not be blown away, but as a sliver of the greater story, the issue gives us epic challenges ahead and a true feeling the Justice League may be out of their league dealing with it all. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Oct 24, 2015

    Justice League #45 is a departure from the beginning of this arc, which has both it's ups and downs. There's a lot of intrigue for what comes next now that some of the members have “ascended” to different roles, but overall movement of this issue brings it in lower than the preceding issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Nov 7, 2015

    Justice League #45 is a nice breather from the previous action heavy issues and a nice set-up for the next phase of 'The Darkseid War'. Its too bad though some of the story felt rushed or sacrificed for other parts and the art was such a drastic shift from the previous issues. Still, Geoff Johns continues to sell 'The Darkseid War' as a worthy and interesting conflict for the Justice League to face. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Oct 21, 2015

    Faboks hyper-detailed style would still be preferable, not just for consistency's sake but because it better captures the popcorn superhero blockbuster which Johns is writing. Nevertheless, this is still a good issue in a great series in the middle of its most outstanding arc. Its not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Oct 22, 2015

    While admittedly those are spreading out to some degree to the one-shots, it doesn't help in making the events of this issue more bearable. That said Francis Manapul as typical for the books he does, takes what could be boring material in lesser hands and makes it exciting just to read exposition. While the shift midway through from Jason Fabok is jarring, it does work in terms of the narratives own tonal shift away from a blockbuster summer movie, and in giving the story a distinctive look. Hopefully the following issues are more clear than this one was, but if you're a fan of Manapuls art you won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Oct 22, 2015

    "Justice League" #45 leads into multiple one-shots over the next few weeks, serving as much as a launching point as it does the next stage of this storyline. There are some good ideas in here, but -- as the changes and shifts to the characters continue to grow on an exponential level -- it's unfortunately also robbed the book of any real sense of drama. Hopefully, Johns will find a way to bring that back before long. In the end, it's above average, but no longer reaching heights of excellence. That reset button just off to the right is far too hard to ignore. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 21, 2015

    While we barely move in time from where we left off from the previous issue, this book turns the Justice League on it's head by introducing a new status quo for our heroes going into the Darkseid War one shots.  Besides for the setup to that series of books, nothing really goes down here except some cool visuals and how the aftermath of the Darkseid War will affect everything we know........ yeah, that sounds pretty big and I'm sure it will spark some serious debates, but as an individual issue, I just expected more.  Still a great book, but in the long run, it's little more than a bridge to you buying more comics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Oct 23, 2015

    While I was entertained by this issue of Darkseid War, the fact that this issue wasn't setup for the next chapter of Darkseid War, but instead six individual one shots that may or may not effect the overall story. Francis Manapaul's art was amazing of course but given the high quality art in the past I didn't expect anything less. Hopefully the next chapter picks up right where this one leaves off. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Infinite Comix - Ed Oct 22, 2015

    Geoff Johns throws in a few surprises along a path most readers expected this issue to go down " though this is the beginning of the second art of "The Darkseid War", the whole affair is starting to feel anticlimactic. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Oct 25, 2015

    I can't continue to purchase a book that has visuals like this. Unbelievably disappointing. I'll look at the interiors before blindly purchasing next month. Read Full Review

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