JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 Review; "The Best Looking Comic On Stands This Week"

The last issue of Justice League put the spotlight on Ultraman's disturbing origin story and journey through the DC Universe, and writer Geoff Johns is now joined by his Green Lantern artist Doug Mahnke for a tale focusing on Owlman. Hit the jump for my verdict on this incredible chapter!

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By Josh Wilding - 12/11/2013

If you thought that Ultraman's origin story was messed up, then you'll soon realise that his early years have nothing on those of Owlman's! If you saw the preview for the issue - and have been paying attention to the Forever Evil series and its various tie-ins - you'll know that Earth-3's Thomas Wayne Jr. is the architect of his parents' death, arranging them with his faithful butler Alfred. This includes the disturbing scene of his younger brother Bruce being gunned down in cold blood, and we then jump forward to seeing how he deals with the criminals of Batman's Gotham City.

Needless to say, he dispatches them in a far more brutal way than the Caped Crusader, although his actions do seemingly lead to "The New 52" debut of a fan favourite superhero (you'll have to pick up a copy of Justice League #25 to find out exactly who that is). The issue does a great job of highlighting the differences between Owlman and Batman, all the while providing further insight into his motivations and means of ruling his very different version of Gotham. Geoff Johns has an incredible handle on each member of the Justice League, but he makes the evil and twisted versions of them so fascinating that it's hard not to hope we get to see them in some sort of prequel series when Forever Evil reaches its end.

Things get really interesting when we catch up with Nightwing (whose secret identity was revealed by the villains in the first issue of the event series) and Owlman's disturbing desire to replace his Richard Grayson with the one we know and love. However, it's what this confrontation ultimately leads to which proves to be the best part of what is overall simply an incredible comic book. Of course, it's made even better by Doug Mahnke's stunning artwork, and it's fantastic to see him reunited with Johns after their perfect partnership over in Green Lantern. He once again delivers the good shere, making Justice League #25 easily the best looking comic on stands this week.


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Nomis - 12/11/2013, 4:42 PM
Never was much a Doug Mahnke fan but the previews looked too good to pass up.
comicfan100 - 12/11/2013, 4:43 PM
I was a little confused myself because if I recall he was on a monitor with other Justice League International candidates in the first issue, guess it got retconned.
beane2099 - 12/11/2013, 5:32 PM
These last two issues of justice League have been amazing. Just as Ivan Reis was the right artist for Ultraman's origin, Doug Mahnke was the right artist for this. You got so much story in this issue too: The origin of Owl Man, the origin of [unnamed character], and a furthering of the Forever Evil Story (which frankly feels like a slow crawl- damn you Marvel double shipping). All around good stuff. Superman/Wonder Woman #3 was also really good this week as well; since I'm on a DC kick.
comicbookjerk - 12/11/2013, 5:39 PM
Yeah just got done reading this and I must say WOW it was pretty epic I would totally love to see more of Dick Grayson as Owlmans Side kick Talon that would totally rule, my only problem with this issue was that it was to short.
DarthDan - 12/11/2013, 6:11 PM
Manifest Destiny # 2 was great.. Image/Skybound
vonstallin - 12/11/2013, 6:17 PM
dammit....this makes me want to start collecting again....10,000 comics...majority Bat Man, Xmen from 82 to 2004....put a dent in my pockets...

But Owlman has been one of my favorite characters in the batman franchise.

He is what I think our batman would be like with the moral code removed.
jphoenix666 - 12/11/2013, 6:59 PM
WHAT the haters saying now about Arrow, JL & DC?!?!? NOTHING. DC killing it in comics & TV. Next is the big screenBatman Vs. Superman, Flash & JL will DOMINATE in 2015, 2016 & 2017!!!!!!
MJPETTY7 - 12/11/2013, 7:05 PM
LOVED IT!

Batman #26 was better...
Darktower - 12/11/2013, 7:33 PM
Aos sucks to the core n Arrow is far better ! Plus dc animations has always been better than any Marvel Disney crapy animations ..and also wid Mos sequel ... Surly it il dominate Hollywood ! Marvel suck it wid their comedy movies, they might aswell bring Adam Sandler in their movies! Marvel comics ... Which is no longer how it was 7 yrs ago... Too busy sucking Mickey mouse's dick !
Volthoom - 12/11/2013, 7:47 PM
Man during trinity war Mahnke's art looked terrible, now it looks awesome. What an amazing cast of inkers.
Havensent - 12/11/2013, 8:08 PM
10? Perfect? No.
staypuffed - 12/11/2013, 8:40 PM
I'm with @Volthoom. I hated Mahnke's work on TW, and his Green Lantern stuff wasn't too flash either. But this issue looks great. It'll be interesting to see a dark and twisted new take on the origins.
MarkV - 12/11/2013, 10:27 PM
art looks tight
MightyZeus - 12/12/2013, 2:55 AM
This is awesome.

I love the artwork.
GreenGambit - 12/12/2013, 8:24 AM
This issue was a great read. Not a fan of Doug Mahnke, but the inkers and color are top notch.

I missed the aforementioned "new 52" debut of a new hero. Had to google it. Did not recognize the name...

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