[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: James Robinson
Artists: Jesus Merino & Romulo Fajardo Jr.
“The Dark Gods” part three! Every hero on Earth has tested their mettle against the Dark Gods—except for Wonder Woman, who’s not on Earth! With Diana lost in space fighting off the Gods’ assault on the Star Sapphires, it’s down to Jason to protect her planet and her friends…but, uh, he hasn’t won a fight yet…
The cover by Jesus Merino and Romulo Fajardo Jr. is great. It’s just cool. I love Wonder Woman holding this giant fist back; it’s really shows her power and it’s an eye catching image.
The interior art is by Merino with colors by Fajardo Jr. It looks great. The characters are expressive. There are some nice colors throughout the issue. It’s all visually engaging.
I’m still having a hard time with the Dark Gods. They feel so generic. Aquaman even jokes about how often this story happens in the DC Universe. At least the leader is giant but nothing really separates these guys from every other villain we’ve ever seen. But the story acts like this is the biggest thing ever which is especially weird when the entire last story was about her fighting the New Gods of Apokolips
Diana is barely in this issue; most of it is spent on Jason. I am not Jason’s biggest fan; he has been either dull as a rock or aggravating. His main trait in this issue is that he doesn’t want to do. It’s super fun to follow a character that is completely clueless and acts accordingly. The set up had potential; teaming him up with the Justice League so he watch and learn could have worked. But the League gets taken out of the story almost as soon as they show up.
I didn’t enjoy this issue. The art is great and there is some spectacle to be had in the action. But the Dark Gods are a generic threat. There’s nothing unique about them as villains at this point and they don’t seem to have much in the way of personalities. The issue ends up being a bit of a slog.