Review: Special Edition Justice League 52

 

Review By G. Clark Kent

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #52

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Tom Grummett
Inkers: Danny Miki, Mark Morales and Scott Hanna
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos and Adriano Lucas

*This story takes place before the events depicted in Action #957

As a Superman fan, I can’t let this book slip by without doing a proper review on it. In fact although it says Justice League on the title it reads more like an Action Rebirth #1. But with Action returning back to its original numbering system, I guess a Rebirth title would not make sense, and they needed to close out Justice League at 52.

The new 52’s Superman’s cape is on display at the Daily Planet, or it soon will be. A metal suited Lex Luthor with armor made from Apokolips technology with a glowing silver S shield on his chest wants to “see” the cape. It is here the Justice League make their one and only appearance in the book and Luthor drills them on how did Superman die, because last he saw him he was very much alive. After Wonder Woman and Batman give him the Cliff note version on the final days of Superman, Luthor walks out saying “Which leaves Metropolis without its champion, How Tragic. “Wonder Woman asks Batman if they should tell Luthor about the other Superman and Batman replies no. It is here they we get a glimpse of Luthor still being Luthor. Looking disgusted as the Flag is being flown at half mass “Honoring a being not of this world” he says . We also get a glimpse that the technology powering his suit is a mother box. Luthor stops a robbery in progress and in the process appears to kill the perpetrator. The next scene shows business suit Luthor in the hospital standing over his sister in a coma and attempts to use the Mother box to wake hr up and is unsuccessful. “Failure. Nothing frustrates me More.” Luthor wont fail in two areas and buys the Daily Planet (again) and since he owns it and all of its properties, takes the New 52 Supermans cape and places it around his neck. He vows to be a better man when his sister wakes up and says he will be known far and wide as Superman.

This was a fantastic issue, if you are a Superman fan and you missed this issue, go find yourself a copy. It is a perfect set up for Action 957, and shows that even though Luthor might be wearing the cape and an S shield, at the core he is still Luthor. I am excited to see where this story goes in the pages of Action Comics. For the story this book gets the rare perfect score 10 out of 10, I would not change a single thing in this book. The art a 10 out of 10 as well. I am really not sure where Tom Grummett has been, but I wish he had a permanent job drawing any Superman title.

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