Justice League #46

Event\Storyline: Darkseid War Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Francis Manapul Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 31
7.1Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

Darkseid War rages on! The Justice League has become Gods! Grail discovers a truth about Wonder Woman that disturbs even her! And a shocking secret about the fate of the Anti-Monitor will force the League to seek out new and unlikely allies!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Max Eber Dec 23, 2015

    Not a ton happens this issue, but what does happen, like Big Barda herself, the moments are big and pack a punch. Definitely great . The art switch has definitely helped keep this storyline fresh and interesting. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Dec 16, 2015

    Justice League #46 continues the latest chapter in The Darkseid War rather well especially considering we don't make leaps this issue but, steps leading up to another fantastic Act opener in just two weeks! Justice League has been leading to this story and truly nothing will be the same after the Darkseid War concludes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Dec 21, 2015

    Next month drives the story into its final arc and sees regular artist Jason Fabok return. Manupal did a bang-up job with these last two issues, especially on colors. I love his pop art sensibility and minimalist style, which allows the color to build depth and texture rather than using inks to do so. His tonal shift refreshed the story after such huge, powerful action in the first act and will allow Fabok to swoop in and drop the hammer on this story in its conclusion. This is the most excited I've been about "Justice League" since Grant Morrison recruited every boy and girl on planet Earth into the League; I'm fascinated by the slow build Johns has created in this book from issue one and have loved the payoff. "Darkseid War" is like holding 22 pages of legal fireworks in your hands every month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Vanessa Gabriel Dec 17, 2015

    Justice League #46 is a tapestry of gods and chaos drawn gorgeously by artist Francis Manapul. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Dec 18, 2015

    Although this does deserve its share of praise, I can't help but say that it really felt like an interlude issue. After a short hiatus filled with one-shots,Justice Leaguefans have no doubt yearned for something a bit meatier. It's probably safe to assume the next issue will kick things into high gear as we race toward issue #50, which happens to be the conclusion of "The Darkseid War." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 16, 2015

    Justice League #46 kicks off the next chapter The Darkseid War nicely and I'm definitely intrigued to see the fallout when this newly minted powder keg of a situation explodes. This is an epic conflict worthy of the flagship title that is Justice League and in Johns I trust. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Dec 18, 2015

    While I am still feeling like there's a missing chunk of Darkseid War, Johns and Manapaul were able to keep the main story just as exciting as previous issues. Now we move onto the final act as issue fifty looms ever closer. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Dec 16, 2015

    Overall: Justice League #46 is another fantastic read. What Johns continues to deliver on this title is exactly what super hero comic books should be all about. Grand stories of action and adventure. Modern day mythology crammed full of the gods and heroes of our time. Darkseid War is fun. Pure and simple. Johns fully understands the original intent of mainstream super hero comics which seems to get lost on many writers these days. If you crave fun, excitement and pure escapism then you will want to pick up what Justice League #46 is putting down. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Erik Gonzalez Dec 18, 2015

    Readers already invested in this title and/or this story arc have no reason to stop. It still continues to be a flawlessly written and well illustrated comic. This may have been a quieter issue in comparison to recent previous ones, but it doesnt lose out because major plot points are laden throughout. Pick this up and stay in the war! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 18, 2015

    The art is by Francis Manapul, a fantastic artist with a unique, kinetic style - but the jumbled story mixed with his style makes it difficult to follow events from panel to panel or page to page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 16, 2015

    Geoff Johns' big story continues to deliver. Despite the big death a few issues ago, we're seeing there is still a lot left to the story. Francis Manapul has been doing a great job with the art. We see a lot of seeds planted in this issue. There's clearly set up being done for the rest of the story. The moments are cool but don't quite contain the bombastic caliber we've seen so far. Things go at a steady pace throughout and escalate quickly at the end, leaving us with a bit of a cliffhanger. This is has been an extremely satisfying event. It's not often we can say that. I'm already counting down the days until the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Dec 17, 2015

    This issue is exposition and a refresher executed as well as it possibly could be executed. Though there isn't much plot development, it's still well written, entertaining, and has some nice character moments, all of it getting topped off with Manapul's art. Johns' Darkseid War is clearly one for the books! If you're not reading Darkseid War, then I just have one question for you: "Why?" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Dec 16, 2015

    A satisfying action sequence and solid tender character moments propel this into good levels. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Bill Heuer Dec 18, 2015

    Overall, another good issue but not quite the big return I was expecting. Still, with the relationship and character development, this issue will hopefully be seen in hindsight as a good point in the arc to slow down a little and expand on those story points. I am excited for the return of the members of the Crime Syndicate. Forever Evil was a fun arc and getting some of those characters back will be a welcomed addition to this story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Dec 18, 2015

    Even though it it is not a true event comic, "The Darkseid War" certainly has the size and scope of one. And because it is not a true event, the creative team of Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul are able to focus on quality storytelling rather than universe-spanning continuity. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 16, 2015

    Justice League #46 goes a long way in displaying the aftermath of the death of Darkseid and is a solid second act to the Darkseid War series. Francis Manapuls art captures and adds a fair amount of succor in times where the story is faulty. The decision to not actively include the core Justice League members to a greater extent helped to establish the secondary characters that this act focuses on, but came as a surprise after the last month of one-shot issues that promised to be followed up in this very issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 16, 2015

    Justice League #46 marks the weakest overall chapter of The Darkseid war. It certainly looks great thanks to Manapul's dynamic and vibrant designs. But it's also a choppy read, coming across mainly like setup for what will hopefully be a more epic and thrilling third act. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Black Nerd Problems - William Evans Dec 20, 2015

    Justice League still has a great story to tell in front of it, but this issue was dedicated to set up and giving some lesser characters more spotlight that may or may not prove fruitful. Hopefully next issue we get some of these new Gods facing each other. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Dec 17, 2015

    In the end, this issue isn't bad, but it is without a doubt the weakest issue of the Darkseid War. If I had to compare it to something else topical, it's like issue #5 of "Secret Wars" over at Marvel. It was a lot of setting up pieces to kick off an explosive finale. Frustrating to the point of madness when read as a monthly, but a necessary evil in the long run. Read Full Review

  • 6.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Mark Henely Dec 18, 2015

    Francis Manapul, the artist of this issue, does a really great job with everything. There are some really great splash pages and the colors are beautiful. The moments in this comic that are really affecting are pulled off because Manapul renders them dynamically. However, his art doesn't change the fact that this story arc has lost it's momentum. This issue hints at good things to come and, if that is true, this issue is just a slightly dull step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Alec Ward Dec 20, 2015

    Every comic series requires intermission issues that set up the rest of the arc, and that's exactly what this issue was. There was nothing inherently bad about this outing, but nothing too far on the positive side either. I'm still in love with this series and where Johns is taking it, but this is a small misstep in what has been a fantastic ride thus far. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 16, 2015

    While I was really anticipating this issue after having all those one-shots and that bad ass cliffhanger from the previous issue, this just left me wanting more because........ Well, because not much went on at all.  Our God like heroes are off doing other things and the heroes that we're left with are just grasping at straws in trying to figure out what to do next.  It's just not that engaging and Manapul's art, while I normally enjoy it just doesn't do anything for me here except make me wish that Fabok was on this instead.   Read Full Review

  • 3.5
    Bounding Into Comics - John F. Trent Dec 18, 2015

    Justice League #46 was a very poor outing and something I was actually shocked to read, seeing as how I have actually been enjoying the story Johns has been putting out. However, this one was riddled with mistakes from poor transitions, to spreading himself way too thin on characters, and to just plain bad dialogue and storytelling. The art also had its faults with a more subdued approach, although there were some standout pages and panels from Manapul. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comic Crusaders - Dawn of Comics Dec 24, 2015

    Just like issue 45 this one feels like nothing more than filler and an advert for the tie ins. Hey look Flash is a god now, so is batman… And superman…. And lex Luther…. And Shazam…. And green lantern… Omg ok we get it, they're all gods and they all have tie in books and it's Christmas and you all want to spend time with your families so you churn out books like this. This is a $4 book in the middle of a great storyline and this is terrible. Easily skipped in the overall story arch. Read Full Review

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