Thursday, February 21, 2013

Justice League #17

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists: Ivan Reis and Paul Pelletier

Another story that comes to a titanic conclusion is Throne of Atlantis, the crossover between the Justice League and Aquaman books. As if the previous chapter had not been explosive enough, this fifth installment takes the action to yet another level with a three-factioned war involving Atlantis, the League, and the Trench. Regardless of the outcome, the true winner is Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, because in just a few issues, Johns was able to develop his character to make him complex, multi-layered, and easy to sympathize with; not a trace of the stereotypical villain he used to be. Another one who takes the glory with Throne is Ivan Reis; there is no limit to his versatility. From the stormy first page focusing on the lighthouse in Amnesty Bay, to the breathtaking spread featuring the reserves against everyone else, to Arthur and Orm's moving expressions at the end, Reis shows why he is an invaluable asset to DC. The satisfying resolution to this story proves that crossovers and big arcs need to be the ones doing the talking, and not the hype around them.

The Justice League by Ivan Reis

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