Justice League #23.1



Comic series


Release date

September 4, 2013
I hope someone eventually gets Darkseid right. He scared the beejezus out pf me as a kid with his reckless regard for all life. Thus far in the DC Universe, he jumped up and went BOOM once. Oh, and he farmed mud.
The writing for me in this issue really stresses the age of the story, and reads almost like folklore or mythology. Greg Pak does a great job utilizing simple lines such as “Once Upon a Time…in the dirt fields of the world before our worlds…” Very poetic, and immediately delves you into that frame of mind.
I went into this thinking it would be worth perusing on the shelf at the LCS, but as it ends up I have to go with Buy It.
9.5 out of 10
Darkseid #1 is critical reading. And as a villain’s origin that doesn’t destroy what makes our bad guys just so bad, it also can’t be beat. Pour over this one awhile and give Darkseid his due. He demands no less of humanity.
Darkseid is one of the best villains in comics, so I for one was glad to see his origins, now to read the original stories and see how furious I can become at DC changing them.
When I wrote about Wonder Woman while she was on New Genesis, I mentioned that the Kirby New Gods stuff was a little before my time, so I'm generally open to new interpretations. So, here we get Darkseid's origin… and it sort of reminded me of the previous arc of Thor, with Gorr the god butcher. But what was more interesting was that the issue was told from Trickster's point of view, and apparently Darkseid has been chasing after her? And that's what guided him to the regular earth of the DCU? But when he invaded, he said he was looking for his daughter, so does that mean Trickster IS his daughter? …but she was captured on earth, and Trickster wasn't. Yeah, it's a little confusing, but we find out what happened to Earth 2 Superman, and it's somewhat familiar to what happened with Batman in Final Crisis, so that could be bad. Overall, it was an okay issue, I was just a bit confused at some bits.
3.5 out of 5 stars
"Justice League" #23.1 is the sort of comic that we don't seem to need, but in the end I'm glad we got it. Pak, Siqueira, and Diaz have taken a thankless task and turned out a comic that's actually pretty good. Quite frankly, it gives me hope. Nice job.
5 out of 5 stars
This is without question a must read if you consider yourself a fan of Darkseid, and if not, it absolutely has the potential to turn you into one.
Grade: C+
A very simple, unambitious rendering of the Fourth World and its most famous villain, with similarly simple, unambitious art. Honestly, you sort of preferred it when you knew less about the New Gods.