The epic conclusion to the Darkseid War that we had all been waiting for, but that I feel got over shadowed by the DC Comics Rebirth Special. All anyone wanted to talk about was the big reveal in Rebirth as well as the shocking reveal in Captain America. This could have been avoided if they were able to finish the book in time but unfortunately there was a delay. Regardless of it being late Geoff Johns delivers quite the finale. Throughout this massive issue most of our questions get answered, but a few were left unresolved setting up future stories.
One of the most important reveals is the father of Superwoman’s baby. It turns out to be Alexander Luthor’s, who had the ability to absorb others energy including Gods. Sadly for Superwoman she is killed shortly after giving birth to the baby by Grail. Who then uses the child to absorb the “God” powers from the Justice League members as well as to take back the anti-life equation from Steve Trevor. Now using the child as a vessel she summons back none other than Darkseid who is now under her control. It takes the sacrifice of Grail’s mother Myrina and an Omega beam from Grail to separate the anti-life equation from Darkseid, finally putting an end to the Darkseid War which in fact ended up being Grail’s War.
A few other things noteworthy that happened include Jessica Cruz attempting to sacrifice herself for the Flash when the Black Racer came after him. Although it had seemed like it had taken her, the truth was that it had taken Volthoom instead. With her show of will power to overcome great fear, she is chosen to be a Green Lantern. Meanwhile Lex Luthor becomes Superman on Apokolips to lead a revolution, even going as far as using Superman’s “S” symbol on his armor. Barda makes a pact with the Furies to rejoin them if they help her fight Grail, leaving Mister Miracle alone on earth in the end. Most important of all we were revealed who was the first male to step on the Amazonian island, Wonder Woman’s twin brother named Jason. To me the most disappointing revelation was that of Joker’s identity which had been hyped up for quite some time now. The chair told Batman that there were three Jokers… and that’s it nothing else (kind of a bummer if you ask me). The other sad part of this issue to me was the death of the rest of the Crime Syndicate. We saw Grail take out Superwoman, the mysterious character blast Owlman and Volthoom taken by the Black Racer. I would have really enjoyed to see at least Owlman in future arcs of the Justice League or even just Batman.
Overall this was a very solid and satisfying ending to the Darkseid War. The delay in this book that I had mentioned in the beginning had been caused by Jason Fabok the artist who worked his ass off to get this book done as soon as he could. After enjoying each and every one of his amazing panels I could really understand why it took so long. I definitely recommend just taking some time to just enjoy Fabok’s amazing work as we aren’t going to see it for a while in any upcoming titles. This will probably be my favorite story arc of 2016 because of the magnitude of the story, the amount of characters it involved and what it leads into. Besides the Rebirth special we also need to keep in mind that this will be the last story that Geoff Johns will be writing for a while because of all his other duties, including attempting to save the DCU. So take some time and make sure to enjoy the writing as well as the fabulous artwork. How will the new Rebirth Justice League title follow this? We’ll find out soon.