Justice League: Last Ride #6 is finally here and what a series this has been so far. Just to warn you, this review is going be a short one however, because I literally can’t talk about any of the plot points without divulging major spoilers for this issue and the series as a whole! Needless to say, a lot of stuff happens!
This issue’s main cover by Darrick Robertson has a great composition, showing Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman under the shadow of a looming threat, preparing to face their enemy. However, there’s a lot of empty space, making things look a little sparse, and the characters like promotional clip-art. Still, it gets the point across, and the detail and colors are fantastic.
The variant cover by Mike Choi is an insane fever dream of a cover, depicting Superman at the mercy of Darkseid, who holds the Man Of Steel up by his own cape! The rendering is thick with painted texture, imbuing the cover with a slimy, gritty feel in combination with the brush strokes and color choices. The image is creepy, unnerving and visceral. In other words, it’s pretty great!
Now, for the story. I won’t lie, when I started reading this series, I was a bit underwhelmed. Chip Zdarsky is a talented writer, his recent Marvel series “Spider-Man: Life Story” was tremendous and left me with some seriously high expectations. Justice League: Last Ride was just not living up to those expectations for me personally, and then this issue happened.
Page one of this issue, flips the story on its head, elevating everything that came before it and catapulting the series to the next level. It is incredibly well done, I should never have doubted the writer. Meanwhile Miguel Mendonca’s interior art continues to shine, giving us picture perfect depictions of these characters. His artwork in this series is what has gotten me excited for his upcoming work on Action Comics.
If you’ve been reading this series, run to the stands and pick up this issue, and if you haven’t been reading, I think this issue has just made this mini-series worth your time. If you’re a fan of excellent, epic, and iconic Superman and Justice League storytelling, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. For me, this issue had it all and took this series to a completely different level.
Justice League: Last Ride #6 is where Zdarsky makes his move by revealing a story that elevates all the preceding issues, and establishes this miniseries as a contender among the most epic of Justice League tales.
Haven’t picked up Justice League: Last Ride #6 yet? You can get the standard cover by Darrick Robertson here (UK), or here (US). Or if you prefer the variant cover by Mike Choi, you can get that here.
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