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Justice League, Volume 8: Darkseid War, Part 2

(Justice League (2011) #8)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,078 ratings  ·  130 reviews
The concluding volume of Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok's best-selling epic is here!
Darkseid is dead! In the midst of the Lord of Apokolips being slain at the hands of the Anti-Monitor, the Justice League has inherited the power of the Gods! Batman, Superman, The Flash, Shazam and Green Lantern have been transformed into omnipotent deities, but even when equipped with such po
Hardcover, First, 200 pages
Published July 12th 2016 by DC Comics
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And the title's run comes to an end.

I got this in its single comic book issues, but I chosen this TPB edition to be able of writing a better overall review. I’ll do “bonus” reviews of “Justice League” #51 & #52 since the run ends with those two issues not included in this TPB edition.

This TPB collects “Justice League” #45-50.

Creative Team:

Writer: Geoff Johns

Illustrator: Jason Fabok & Francis Manapul


I just don’t know what it will cost us… …but war always costs something.

Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
It had been a while since I managed to read the first half of Darksied War. So long, in fact, that I'd forgotten the plot and had to do a re-read before I could start this one. And I really enjoyed it! Lots of craziness, big explosions, and Gotcha moments galore!


Well, while I wasn't quite as impressed with this volume, it had enough BIG moments to make it fun. I'm not terribly overjoyed by the way everything wrapped up, but maybe that's because I thought some of the way it ended seemed sk
Sam Quixote
Jan 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Darkseid’s dead, the Anti-Monitor has bestowed New Gods powers on the Justice League for no reason, and chaos follows - it’s the final part of The Darkseid War aka Zzz… FART… Huh?!…Zzz...

The Darkseid War Part 2 is such a garbled mess. What was the point? What were anybody’s motivations for anything? Was there a story? I didn’t see one. This whole book was basically the modern day superhero event template where you just keep throwing in characters Royal Rumble-style and hope that something intere
Darkseid is dead!

But it's DC so take that with a grain of salt and then some. ;)

The JLA deals with its godlike powers and the Crime Syndicate as well as a bigger problem.

Very good to great artwork; bold and brilliant.

Tom Ewing
Jul 31, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dc-comics
There is a scene near the end of Darkseid War where multiple characters use a newborn super-powered baby as a death ray, waving it around so it blasts people to ash with its laser eyes. Perhaps there are other writers than Geoff Johns who would think of this. I'm not sure any would ask us to take it seriously. Darkseid War, the payoff to fifty issues of scheming and pouting from Johns' Justice League cast, is a muddle of clenched jaws, splash pages, meaningless conflict and rotating super-powers ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
[Read as single issues]

Geoff Johns really knows how to tell an event story. I don't think I've read a bad comic by the guy in all the years he's been writing DC comics, and the Darkseid War is a perfect end to his Justice League run.

This second half of the story begins with two issues beautifully illustrated by Francis Manapul which act as a bridge between the two major acts of the story; the Power of the Gods collection (which includes all the one-shots about the Justice League and their new g
James DeSantis
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well shit...this is the first really crappy volume of this series for me. I thought part 1 was bad but 2 is just a jumbled mess.

So got everyone being a god now. Cool huh? Nah, just boring as shit. Darkseid is dead! WHOA! Nah...not really that amazing. Oh still got this overpowered Darkseid child but fuck, that's boring as shit. The fights are rushed, lacked impact, everything gets fixed up in 10 minutes and you're left with a "That's it? What the fuck?"

So overall a really sour taste for this l
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dc-comics
The New 52 Justice League series ends as it began, with a huge (and I mean huge) dose of action and "This looks so good I want it on my wall right now!" artwork. It almost goes without saying that if you didn't enjoy the first part of the Darkseid War then this will be about as enjoyable as a kick in the shins, but otherwise this is an absolute riot. One that culminates in an oversized finale with huge revelations and stunning splashes pages that made me want to stand up and cheer while pumping ...more
Jesse A
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
A slow volume saved by a top notch ending.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is by far the darkest Justice League book I've read at this point. Darkseid is bad enough, but if he had offspring with a disgraced Amazon, you can imagine how bad that would turn out. Everyone of the JL has serious issues, and there are some fatalities. So much happens, and it's been a while since I read this, so I'm going by my memory. It was very good, lots of action, very dark as I said earlier. I really like how the Crime Syndicate from Earth One shows up. They are so deliciously twist ...more
Dr Rashmit Mishra
What an absolute pile of shit

guess it's an apt end to the horrendous new 52 run of Justice league .

I mean what the hell happened in this ? Batman spend the whole saga literally sitting on his ass. Superman spent his time fighting his fellow JL member , Wonder woman kept on narrating , Flash was just STANDING* , Green Lantern and others were just There I guess the 3 stars are simply for the superb art and the few stunning revelation , but make no mistake this was a piece of garbage

* Yep the fast
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Epic and Excellent, conclusion to the Darkseid War. Great art work, and epic story worthy of all the characters used in the comics. DC's big guns are all here. Everyone is used brilliantly, not only was I more than satisfied with the awesome story but it also left just the right amount of loose threads for the to build on their own books.

It all started in Forever evil with the name of the Anti-Monitor not the most fear provoking name in comics, but actions speak louder than words. This is th
Quentin Wallace
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The big wrap up of the Darkseid War was a good read with great art, but got a little complicated and also left us with some questions. (view spoiler)

The story put some things back in the status quo but also shook things up at the same time. (view spoiler)

I'm not sure how
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed Part 1 and even the start of this was good. But the ending was extremely ridiculous.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ah.. it's over!

Don't read if you haven't read it. This is NOT a review. This is me ranting about this bullshit.

Lots of shit happening.

JLA / Crime Syndicate / Darkseid / Anti-Monitor / Darkseid's daughter / Darkseid's daughter mother.

As I said... Lots. of. shit.

Here's the thing... I'm trying to remember a DC event I've read in my whole life that made complete sense & it wasn't like everything and everyone was crammed up inside a storyline. And I can't.

Anyway, I was willing to play the Forg
Fraser Sherman
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Geoff Johns does not get Jack Kirby's New Gods at all (though I don't think anyone else working on the New 52 does either). And he doesn't get the Anti-Monitor either.
In Kirby's original "Fourth World" stories, the struggle was between life (freedom and choice) and anti-life (slavery and blind obedience). Here the anti-life equation is primarily some kind of death force that wants to literally eradicate life, making it much less interesting. In fact just about everything in this book is uninter
Brian Poole
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Justice League: The Darkseid War Part 2 wraps one of DC’s more successful New 52 runs, while setting several characters up for the “Rebirth” era.

The action picks up from the events of Part 1, where, manipulated by Grail (daughter of Darkseid and a renegade Amazon), the Anti-Monitor killed Darkseid. In the upheaval that follows, several League members are imbued with godlike powers. The Anti-Monitor remains an extinction-level threat and the devious Grail comes into possession of the devastating
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
If anything too many writers have tried to take on Jack Kirby's Fourth World creations, and frankly I think most of them have failed (please note I have yet to read Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman work with Orion etc. where from what I have read he did a good job). Geoff Johns' strength though is working with pre-existing properties, whereas he seems to struggle with creating original characters. Johns did excellent work on The Flash where he made minor characters interesting.

Johns does add some
Vinay Badri
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This was very uneven but as much big action cinematic fun as one can get. Johns signs off in style as the DC Universe preps itself for something big, Rebirth. The action is non-stop and the developments are earth shaking even as the DC Universe is set to be rebooted.

Johns has never been shy of putting the DC trinity through some paradigm shifting events and he does more than justify why. Each of the 3 has moments that causes them to question whats happening and it helps that for once, we have a
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-comics
Well that's that I suppose. Ridiculous nonsense monologues, anticlimactic deaths, strange transitions between pages and even panels, overpowered everybody, teasers for future storylines.... I suppose it's a fun read if you're into action that goes nowhere. Giving it three stars for Batman's Joker bit at the end and Wonder Woman's reveal at the end. Everything else seemed underdeveloped like a million storylines had to be squashed in for some stupid reason. I don't even understand Lex Luthor's wh ...more
Eric Mikols
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: justice-league
Like most superhero events lately, this feels bloated. I don't think Geoff Johns handles Darkseid well, the character never feels threatening or authoritative. Calling this a war is a mistake as well, since it's just one battle that happens for a few issues. So, the combination of part 1 and 2 equal three stars but DC has done better.
In fact, I kept thinking of how much better Darkseid was represented in the old Superman and Justice League cartoons.
Robert Wright
It was OK. Can't remeber much about it. Batman was a god, then he wasn't? Darkseid is dead? Something something Amazons?

DC needs to: 1) get out of constant, sequential event mode; 2) make these easier to follow in collections.

It was an improvement over volume 1.

Thank god DC seems to be back on track with Rebirth.
John Yelverton
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Oh, this book series started off so well, and then it nose dived into a heart breaking, death dealing, universe changing and moderately blasphemous quagmire that pretty much does nothing but shackle the "Rebirth" with baggage worthy of an albatross. Oh, I am so glad the "New 52" is dead.
Tony Laplume
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you read something and it makes clear, suddenly, the true strengths and weaknesses of the author. Such was the case for me with Darkseid War, Part 2, the eighth and concluding volume of Geoff Johns' New 52 Justice League.

I was a cheerleader for the run from the very start. I called it a monthly event book. By 2011, I was an ardent and unabashed fan of Johns. I wasn't always a big fan. When I was in college he went through a rebellious phase, which happened to coincide with perhaps the
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
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Terry Mcginnis
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another solid (and final) volume of New 52 JL. With a great finale and some excitingly lingering questions to be answered in Rebirth titles, JL went out on a high note in the pre-Rebirth universe. Not only am I interested in discovering answers, but also to read the volumes that came before Darkseid War. All in all, a great story, a great finale, and a promise of exciting things to come. Recommended for JL fans, New 52 fans, and required reading for Rebirth fans. 4 stars.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, new-52
This was very underwhelming. It was super weird and I didn’t like the direction it went. I didn’t go with a lower rating because I really enjoyed the artwork (not the one from the first two issues), I enjoyed Jessica Cruz’s part of the story and I kind of like the ending, or it was at least interesting enough? Maybe apart from Wonder Woman’s part. Anyway, this was pretty average and disappointing considering how interesting the first part was.
5 stars

Liked the conclusion to the Darkseid War. Glad that the Justice League were able to revert back to their normal selves. Cool that they spent a little bit of time as gods though. Wonder what Grail will do now with baby Darkseid. Hope he won't be evil. Also hope Wonder Woman will be able to find her brother.

Can't wait to read more Justice League books!!!!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it
It was quite the strange trip, to see all these developments with nearly all the characters come to pass. But in the end it was definitely enjoyable..
Oh, and the very last couple of frames were also quite interesting to say the least :p
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty much everything you could want from a mainstream superhero book.
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Geoff Johns originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he earned a degree in Media Arts and Film. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1990s in search of work within the film industry. Through perseverance, Geoff ended up as the assistant to Richard Donner, working on Conspiracy Theory and Lethal Weapon 4. During that time, he also began his comics career ...more

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