Title: Justice League (2016-) #33
Arc: “Bats Out of Hell” Finale
Words: Joshua Williamson
Art: Tyler Kirkham and Mikel Janin
Colors: Arif Prianto & Jeromy Cox
Letters: Richard Starkings & Jimmy Betancourt
Publication Date: November 15th, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “BATS OUT OF HELL” finale! it’s the Justice League versus the Dark Knights! FIGHT! The Dark Knights have taken a fallen Justice League to the frightening castle of [REDACTED] inside the possessed Gotham City, where they will be prepared as a sacrifice! The Justice League’s only hope is Cyborg, whose return from the Dark Multiverse has changed him forever!”
Up until this point, we’ve seen the members of our beloved Justice League separated and broken; one by one, the Dark Multiverse renditions of Batman have defeated our heroes with ease. And now, in Justice League #33, the members of the JL are reunited. Sure, they’ve gotten the snot beaten out of them, but when the crew gets together they’re capable of making miracles happen…thus, what happens in this issue comes as no surprise. There is a good deal of emphasis placed on Cyborg, and although I’m not a huge fan, it works here as the added importance placed on him makes for a solid story.
From page to page, writer Joshua Williamson does an excellent job crafting an entertaining story, and more importantly, a decent ending to an exciting arc. I’m not sure that I am entirely satisfied with the way that this one ends, but I understand the decision nonetheless. Williamson has a knack for getting readers intimately acquainted with his stories, and the characters within them, and thus, his scripts hit hard; Justice League #33 is no different.
Look, I read a lot of comic books, and this book is, by far, one of the best looking that I have seen in some time. Stare at the pages in this book long enough and you’ll find yourself in the panels, immersed in the action. Each and every panel explodes from the page with intensity. There are beautiful full and two-page spreads, and ultimately this book’s illustrations make it a home run. Be sure to spend some extra time eyeing up the copious amount of detail included in each panel.
The Bottom Line:
Justice League #33 is a visually stunning comic that brings an epic arc to a close. Whether you’re up to date with the current state of things at DC, or not, this book is worth picking up; the artwork is that damn good.