Mild Mannered Reviews – Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #6

Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #6

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Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong #6 [of 7]

Scheduled to arrive in stores: March 19, 2024
Cover date: May 2024

“Justice League vs. Godzilla vs. Kong”

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Christian Duce and Tom Derenick
Cover: Drew Johnson and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Variant Cover: Inhyuk Lee
Variant Cover: Francis Manapul
1:25 Variant Cover: Daniel Warren Johnson
1:50 Variant Cover: Nikolas Draper-Ivey

Reviewed by: JP Rocha

It has been ten days since the arrival of the monsters from the Monsterverse. The story starts with a recap as the Justice League and members of the Bat Family assess the situation and develop a game plan. As the heroes are mobilizing, Lois awakes to find Superman missing! The Legion of Doom’s numbers have grown, as countless villains are devouring the opportune chance to conquer the Justice League. Three of the monsters are converging on Metropolis. As a result, Lex has called the Legion of Doom to Metropolis to support him in a battle against the Justice League. Lex is certain that he can control the monsters with the MechaGodzilla.

The monsters and MechaGodzilla are assembling at Centennial Park. They are met by Batman who has a mech suit of his own and the rest of the Justice League. As MechaBatman engages with MechaGodzilla, Aquaman and Hawkgirl take on Tiamat (the dragon-esque monster). Meanwhile, Wonder Woman, and Wonder Girl (Donna) take on Behemoth (the wooly mammoth-esque monster), leaving the spider-crab-esque monster to the Green Lanterns who build their own mech suits. Air support also comes in from two Bat Family planes that of course also transforms into robots. The battle gets even crazier as Grodd arrives with a mind controlled Supergirl and Kong.

The Green Lantern coordinated mech attacks Kong who defeats them forcing them to break their mech construct. Jumping out of nowhere, Grood kills a distracted Guy Gardner, breaking his back. Before Grodd and the rest of Legion can finish off the Green Lanterns, Aquaman jumps in, backed up by the rest of heroes, including the Bat family and the Titans.

While many of the heroes are engaged with the Legion, still mind controlled, Supergirl and Kong are fighting their allies. Kong attacks MechaBatman, who is saved by a transformed Beast Boy. Caught gloating, Beast Boy is knocked unconscious by Supergirl. With Grodd distracted, Green Arrow tries to knock off his headgear that is helping him control Supergirl. While Green Arrow misses, his attack is followed up by one of the Bat Planes, successfully knocking off Grodds headgear which wakes up Supergirl and Kong. This happens not a moment too soon because the League of Assassins along with the lizard-esque creatures from Skull Island, are with them.

The story ends with Superman back in action, confronting Godzilla who is still trapped on the Ocean’s floor.

4Story – 4: An action packed issue, the final battle has started and all the players are in position as the story enters the third and final act.

3Art – 3: The art team duo of Christian Duce and Tom Dernick are really crushing this book! Consistently, some of the best art in a current DC book. In the last issue, we only got to see the design for MechaGodzilla and it looks great in action. The design for MechaBatman and MechaLantern also looks impressive. A major highlight is the final splash page which features a powering up Godzilla still chained to the bottom of the ocean floor and Superman.

4Cover Art – 4: The best thing about the main cover is a leaping Kong as he is fighting off the Justice League. There are three separate background sections, with Kong breaking up each section. The cover is very busy and the background seems to be unfinished. The cover features John Steward with Wonder Woman, Batman, Hawkgirl, Jessica Cruz, and Superman. John Steward is the focal point, but his poise is stiff and boring.

One of the best series of variants, this issue has covers by Fancis Manapul and Daniel Warren Johnson. Manapul’s variant is colorful and fun. The trinity are ready for battle facing Godzilla and Kong who are reflected in Wonder Woman’s shield. Daniel Warren Johnson’s variant showcases an extreme close up shot. So extreme that not even Godzilla’s full head is not in frame. The cover also has a Batman with his back facing us flying in. The Draper-Ivey variant is watercolored with a duotone heat and cold design which creates a eerie feeling of destruction. The Inhyuk Lee variant has clean art and a very natural looking color style that brings a sense of realism.

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