Justice League #74
Scheduled to arrive in stores: March 15, 2022
Cover date: May 2022
“Leagues of Chaos” – Part Three
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Szymon Kudranski, Emanuela Lupacchino and Wade Von Grawbadger
Cover: Yanick Paquet
Variant Cover: Ariel Olivetti
Reviewed by: James Lantz
Nabu, the spirit within Doctor Fate’s helmet, has brought Naomi to his realm while the combined forces of the main Justice League and Justice League Dark take on and distract Xanadoth, who may or may not have a connection to Madame Xanadu. John Constantine makes some valid points about chaos needing order to balance things out. Naomi learns her powers can amplify magic. She aids Black Adam in settling his score with the Lord of Chaos who possessed him. All that is left is the rubble of his castle in Kahndaq afterwards. The Justice League aids Adam in rebuilding his home, his country and his life with Xanadoth defeated. Yet, with one threat gone, a dark crisis looms…
Story – 4: There are some plot threads I had hoped would be resolved before this story arc ended. Xanadoth’s connection to Madame Xanadu and more on Naomi are perhaps the foremost on my mind. Without those, this final chapter feels a bit rushed in spite of my utter enjoyment of it. Perhaps Bendis or another creator has other plans to answer unanswered questions left by this issue. Let’s hope so. Teasing readers without a satisfying conclusion to character arcs is what soured me on some Marvel and DC books over the years.
Art – 3: This entire serial is a hodgepodge of styles that really don’t go well together. Individually each artist does incredibly and would have functioned better as someone working on the entire issue or, better yet, the entire story arc. Yet, three different visual takes on the same book clash in this case. I love the people who drew this, but they should not have worked together on such an eyesore.
Cover Art – 5: This main cover has the same qualities of that of the previous issue. It captures what the book has in store for the reader perfectly.
Variant Cover Art – 5: Ariel Olivetti really should be doing a special featuring Wonder Woman and Superman. He really captures the dynamics of every character perfectly.
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