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Justice League #45 - Darkseid War Act Two: After Death Chapter 1

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There may have been a major death in the Darkseid War but the story isn't over yet.

The war between Darkseid and Anti-Monitor really heated up last issue. With the death of Darkseid, it was hard to figure out what could happen next. Would this death mean the Darkseid War would be over? Apparently not. This is now the beginning of Act Two and that's pretty fantastic.

Let's just address the immediate change right away before we dive into the story elements. Jason Fabok isn't drawing this issue. He's been doing an utterly amazing job and he will be back in a couple issues. He definitely deserves a break after killing it on the first Act. Joining Geoff Johns on art, we have Francis Manapul. Manapul's art has a completely different style but it too is completely gorgeous. It's always hard to imagine another artist filling in during a great artist's run but Manapul's art is always welcomed and capable of blowing your mind. His art and colors (with some colors by Brian Buccellato as well), are incredible to look at. Once you get over the fact that we get to fully see Manapul's designs for the Justice League here, you'll soon realize all the crazy and intense things Johns is continuing in this part of the story.

The League is facing their biggest battle yet. Getting sucked into the huge fight between Darkseid and Anti-Monitor, we've seen some members go through transformations, such as Batman, Superman, and Flash. It turns out the transformations continue. I can't remember the last time being this deep into a comic book event/story and not looking forward to or thinking about the ending. I don't want to know when this story will end. I just want to enjoy what's going on with all the crazy consequences happening. I don't need to know when it will end or how it will affect other things. Geoff Johns is showing no signs of running out of steam with this arc.

There's a lot going on here. It's hard to resist hitting specific moments and changes that happen. With so many characters, DC's top tier characters, each change that happens is one that could and should be fully explored. It appears we'll get just that with the Darkseid War one-shot issues focusing on each separate characters. Yes, it means more books for us to buy but there's just too much going on and I'd hate to see these developments regulated to just a few pages or panels per issue.

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.

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I love the art I can't wait for the one shots

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This is how i prefer my comic events great story telling and art and no crossovers

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Long Live Lex Luthor

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I didn't know there would be weekly one-shots until it was advertised in the issue and at that point I was already pulled so deeply in. I am so excited

Manapul absolutely kills on art in this issue, BlackFlash/Darkseid-style

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Another great issue. man I can't wait for next issue.

when are the weekly(s) coming out

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This issue was great

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Francis on interiors is beautiful~

I have a very tenuous rasp of the story buy it seems like its accelerating out of control, in a good way!

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Just got back from the store, can't wait to read it

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Lex Luthor: I am the Elect, Call me DarkLex and this is Apokoluthor... Wait fans of DC, The next Month, God Darklex vs God Superman. And I will have my revenge.

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That Lex Luthor image in the end was perfect. Too bad it will not last.

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Hmm, probably the weakest issue of the story so far. It's not bad and I did enjoy it, it just feels like this was only going through the motions of establishing the one shots. Won't be a problem when treading this in trade or as a whole story, but in terms of an individual issue it wasn't very substantial.

(is anyone else getting error messages?)

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I was under the impression everyone but WW would get in effected by the gods. Now I am more curious as how things would have played out had Highfather won Godhead.

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It goes without saying ,that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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they just blew marvel away

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Love the story but hate the artwork. Jason Fabok's art is so much more suited for this story line.

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@dante721 said:

Love the story but hate the artwork. Jason Fabok's art is so much more suited for this story line.

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Loved Manapul art. An until now the story developts in interesting ways.

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I can't remember who it was on this site, but someone called it. That person said DC is gonna make current JL members into gods and he/she was absolutely right! Props to you!

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Seeing Francis and Brian doing Justice League art is amazing. Also really enjoying how this book is event scale in what is happening, but not interfering with every book.

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And now we have something better than Secret Wars. That was just perfect. Love the art also.

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@dondave said:
@dante721 said:

Love the story but hate the artwork. Jason Fabok's art is so much more suited for this story line.

I think we're the only ones who feel that way

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Great issue. I'm really enjoying this series right now. As many have stated - the art on this series has been excellent. whether it be Fabok or the Manipal/Buccellato team- I love the art. It's also cool to see the Johns/Manipal/Buccellato team reunite. Can't wait til next month.

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I can't be the only person who see's Galactus.

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When i picked it up, and saw no fabok... i freaked out for one second, untill i saw Manapul's name. He is one of a very few select names i wouldn't object to here.

Amazing issue, tied for my favorite on the series so far.

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The Issue in itself was a blast. Sadly I am still growing tired of the developments.

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I just never knew how good Jason Fabok was on this book as he made me forget about Ivan Reis AND make Francis Manapul look like a weak stand in.

Love the progressions and love where this book is going, but Supes dialogue was a but odd to me...Up Up and Away?

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Interesting issue, however it felt more of a prologue for the 6 tie-in crossover's then any real plot advancement being made.

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Interesting issue, however it felt more of a prologue for the 6 tie-in crossover's then any really plot advancement being made.

agree

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This was good. I loved the twist with Lex, should be interesting, but I doubt I'll pick up the one shots. If by chance the one shots become essential to understanding the story in this book, I'll be ticked off and drop it all together.

On the art, I usually love Manapuls art and certainly don't think this was bad, but I didn't think this was as good as what he's done on Detective and Flash.

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Dang, I want to see the Justice League gods vs God doom... Who would win.

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Wish all events followed this format!

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@teerack said:

I can't be the only person who see's Galactus.

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" I can't remember the last time being this deep into a comic book event/story and not looking forward to or thinking about the ending. I don't want to know when this story will end. I just want to enjoy what's going on with all the crazy consequences happening. I don't need to know when it will end or how it will affect other things. Geoff Johns is showing no signs of running out of steam with this arc."

I agree with Tony.

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Today New 52 Darkseid war is good.

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There are no men anymore... there are only gods

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This story just gets more badass by the issue.The art was fantastic,and the last page was just like....someones getting their ass kicked...

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Why did superman say up up and away. That was a bit odd

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Really epic issue.

Only downside for me was the art