An unexpected arrival from the stars brings a dire warning to the Justice League: A new breed of conquerors is on the march. Led by Superman’s nemesis Eradicator, a genetically engineered, super-powered strike team has come to subjugate Earth. To aid the Justice League, Batman makes the unprecedented decision of enlisting an ancient, unrivaled power, which calls into question who, exactly, is in charge. With the League on unsure footing, will they be ready to save the world?
What I’m Excited For…
I do love a good Eradicator story, and while the somewhat awkward non-announcement of DC’s storytelling jump past the events of the forth coming ‘Death Metal’ was a little jarring , Venditti’s writing more than makes up for any of the publisher’s fumbles. The cover brings flashbacks of Brian Hitch’s JLA run…here’s hoping this tale plays better than that particular one.
What I Thought…
Like many i was a bit thrown by the narrative jump over the events of the Justice/Doom war and the recently announced “Death Metal”. I get the need to give “Hell Arisen” the room necessary to close out its story and set up the next and final chapter of the War but I can’t help but feel a little jipped.
These are a couple of continuity flubs throughout the book, nothing I would describe as ‘major’ but enough to make eagle-eyed fans raise an eyebrow. The use of Eradicator as a league worthy villain is interesting, largely because he’s been a mid level Superman rogue at best. His single minded obsession with safeguarding the Kryptonian race has not reached its zenith and only the Justice League and some unlikely allies stand in the way of total eradication.
Above Average Joe’s Rating
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