Justice League Dark crossover conclusion! Another full double-size issue crossover spectacular as Xanadoth, the original Lord of Chaos, has returned. With unlimited power and revenge against all on its mind, the Lord of chaos has taken the form of Black Adam and no. One. Is. Safe. The final chapter of the Eisner-winning Bendis Justice League run wraps up with brand-new status quo for all!
You Don't Read ComicsJustice League #74 ends this story and Bendiss run on the book. Its a beautiful issue with amazing art. Bendiss run on Justice League has been a lot better than it gets credit for, and this issue is a fantastic example of why.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: This was a fun and entertaining story from Bendis that does a great job of showcasing the characters, especially Naomi. There is a really good energy to the story. The characters are utilized well and the plot doesn’t get bogged down in unnecessary moments that take away from the energy of the story. I even liked the resolution of the story and what it means for two of the characters and their place in the League. The Art: All of the artists deliver fantastic visuals each with its own style, tone and charm.
Geek DadBrian Michael Bendis wraps up his Justice League run this issue, and it’s been an odd one. The threat of the villain Xanadoth has been brewing since his Superman run several years ago, but was largely dropped from the narrative. So the final arc focusing on her threw me a bit. There is also a very heavy Justice League Dark element here, with John Constantine and Madame Xanadu featuring heavily in the final issue alongside Naomi and Black Adam. The traditional Leaguers, actually, are only present in a major way in a cheerful wrap-up segment in the final few pages, but the bulk of the issue is done by Szymon Kudranski with a very creepy vibe. He’s a legendary DC artist on horror comics and his skill is top-notch. Overall, the story is strong and clears up some interesting stuff about Naomi’s backstory, but it feels like a bit of an anticlimax. It’ll be interesting to see how much of this plays into the conclusion of the ongoing Justice League vs. Legion of Super-Heroes miniseries.
But Why Tho?Justice League #74 is a satisfying end to the arc. Bendis pulls out a conclusion of great magnitude. The characters are fantastic and the team-up between the two teams really works well. It avoids standard tropes of conflict between the groups and they function largely like an extended roster of the team. Whilst the comic loses ground, the art saves it by being jaw-dropping. Lupacchino and Von Grawbadger are terrific artists who can carry a Justice League book on their own. But Kudranskis art style is one of the most awe-inspiring I have ever seen. It is certainly not for everyone, but it is definitely worth a try.
Comic WatchJustice League rebounds slightly from a rough previous issue as Leagues of Chaos reaches its end. The issue, supersized though it is, is still overstuffed, but is still far more coherent than #73. There is some potential here, but gaunt plot development prior to issue #74 ensured that this arc would be a miss. The Bendis Justice League dies as it lived, promising but unfulfilled.
ComicBook.comMuch of Justice League #74 is steeped in murky darkness to achieve an evident good vs. evil contrast, but unfortunately, those shadowy scenes do little to help readability. And while invoking the full power of the Justice League in a call to arms scenario makes for an impressive show, it does more to highlight in this case just how much of the heavy lifting some heroes do against more imposing threats while others are merely there for dramatic effect. Still, Naomi is a literal bright spot in the issue just as she has been before, and the arc ends on a high note in true superhero fashion.
DC Comics NewsJustice League #74 was emblematic of Brian Michael Bendis' entire run on the title. Bendis is great at producing ideas with a lot of potential, but he often has trouble realizing that potential. I think the main problem was that he had trouble remembering that this title was about the Justice League first and foremost. However, I do wish him well on his other projects. Hopefully, they will work out better for him.
Dark Knight NewsJustice League #74 is an underwhelming finish to an underwhelming run. Bendis’ story doesn’t end with a bang but a whimper, as there’s little payoff for any of his contributions to the franchise. We still don’t know what’s up with Naomi. Hippolyta does almost nothing, and, while Bendis spends some time exploring Black Adam, his work feels unfinished. What was the point? Why was he included? These unanswered questions are going to haunt this run forever. It’s a muddled mess – as was Bendis’ entire tenure on the series.
Weird Science DC ComicsWhile you may have found something in this Justice League arc interesting and thought that maybe a deeper dive into those concepts would make a cool story, what you get for an ending is Naomi saving the day while everything else is thrown away to say that Naomi is the greatest. The art in this issue is rough and the story is ridiculous, but hey, at least it's over.
Lyles Movie FilesBrian Michael Bendis’ final Justice League issue comes about 15 issues too late, but it’s actually here. Thankfully, Bendis doesn’t find some dramatic Hail Mary to cast some doubt on one of the all-time worst stretches of any writer on the title. And this is the final time we have to endure the dead horse beaten gag of Naomi saying she’s new in the most awkward manner possible. And as usual the characters don’t sound anything like themselves. Likely due to delays, there’s an editor’s note explaining that this issue predates Trial of the Amazons #1. The team and Justice League Dark have their final confrontation with Xanadoth. Syzmin Kudranski handles the bulk of the art but cast the pages in dark blues and reds. This makes for a murky backdrop that’s hard to decipher especially given the amount of characters that keep getting added in. It was a creative choice that didn’t pan out at all. Emanuela Lupacchino and Wade Von Grawbadger’s pages are much easier to comprehend though most of their work comes near the end. That’s the best note of this issue. Bendis’ run with the League has now finally reached its conclusion. Next issue is the Death of the Justice League, but that really occurred the moment Bendis stepped in as writer.