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Guest Review: Justice League #15

Justice League #15 Cover

Throne of Atlantis, Chapter One & Shazam, Chapter 8


Part 1 of “THRONE OF ATLANTIS,” crossing over with AQUAMAN!

Don’t miss the debut of IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO (AQUAMAN) as the new JUSTICE LEAGUE art team!

Can the Justice League band together to battle the forces of Atlantis?

And in the backup feature, Shazam comes face to face with Black Adam, and Billy makes a decision that will shock his friends!



Original Review by Tomlikesfries at Comic Vine

People's opinions on the Justice League title are a mixed bag. Some have been fairly disappointed with Johns work here thus far, but others have been clearly satisfied. Thankfully, I can include myself in the "others" bit. Aside from the second arc, JL has been quite a fun read, especially now with the Shazam! backup story.

First off, I want to say that I am almost glad that Ivan Reis has left Aquaman, only because he has joined Geoff here. I cannot praise his artwork enough. This is probably the most beautiful issue of the whole New 52 reboot so far. The penciling is fully detailed, and I'd look each page for around five minutes sometimes. The coloring must not be left out, as Rod Reis displays the light's reflection perfectly. The art is absolutely fantastic, and does contribute a lot in making this issue a superb read, with its detailed panels.

Throughout the issue Geoff Johns presents decent piece of dialogue. He is developing an all-new relationship between Wonder Woman and Superman. I admit I thought that it was a bad idea at first, but it turns out it really isn't. Diana and Clark go out for dinner, and it's nice to see a writer exploring a bit more of a hero's human side.

Without a doubt, my favorite thing about this comic is that is has an apocalyptic feel to it. We see "tsunamis" and lights going out. It really sets an intriguing tone to the book. It should be great to see how the events will unfold for the World's Greatest Heroes.

Now, I can't write a review for this comic without the Shazam! backup being mentioned. Geoff continues to deliver awesomeness in the New 52's greatest side-story. I love the fact that Billy and Freddy are truly irresponsible, and that sets a greatly fun tone to the story. All of its eight parts so far have been extremely enjoyable, and I still cannot believe that Batson has not yet gotten his own title. The cliffhanger in the end promises intriguing future issues filled with action.

The Verdict:

If you did not jump in to the series at issue #13, now's your chance! Geoff Johns delivers a brilliant and intriguing apocalyptic comic that is new reader friendly at the same time! And I won't even comment about Ivan Reis' exceptional penciling again.

Justice League #15 gets a 9/10.

What I Thought

See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Cover & Solicit - 5/5
Art, Colors, & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 5/5
Story - 5/5
Verdict - 4.7

I really like the variant cover that is an Homage to "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" by Hokusai. Unlike Tom the I really didn't like the art style in this issue, while not horrible I did have issues with it. FYI, read this before Aquaman #15, my Nook puts them in alphabetical order so I read them in the wrong order. While not a killer it was causing me some confusion with Aquaman when I read it. This seems like a nice start to the arc and I'm glad to see a Justice League story arc that involves characters other than Batman and Superman books. 

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Thomas is a comic book reviewer at Comic Vine. The use of this review has been authorized by the original author.


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