From the Big Bang to the Big Freeze, there was Batman and there was Barbatos, the ultimate enemy and the greatest evidence as to just how expansive the Batman mythos extends.
An intriguing possibility is that the man behind the cowl is not Bruce Wayne, but rather an impersonator… This theory is the only possible salvation for an otherwise plodding and pointless plot.
Hitch’s ambition in addressing significant aspects of the mythology exceeds his skill as a storyteller… “The Extinction Machine” may well prove immensely consequential, but if few readers remain due to its dearth of quality, the ideas it establishes will not matter much in the minds of fans nor future writers alike.
Seemingly opposite notions – the insignificance of man in the universe and the centrality of Earth’s premier paragons across spacetime – are both being displayed in Hitch’s Justice League.
Justice League #2 is a marked improvement over the first, both for Bryan Hitch’s plotting and Tony Daniels’ pencils.
Rebirth was supposed to be about course correcting after the mistakes of the New 52, but as a successor to one of that era’s successes, Justice League breaks one of the few books not broken.
The Darkseid War is the anti-Final Crisis, playing with the same plot points and characters but with a decidedly different statement.
The Darkseid War has proven itself one of the great theomachies in Geek Mythology.
Hitch’s JLA #8 is a troubling portent of for the quality of DC’s marquee title come July’s Rebirth
Perhaps Johns’ modus operandi of revamping now includes populist treatments and translations of previously high concept comics.