Thursday, December 29, 2016

"The End" Week: JLA Classified #54!

Sometimes, we find a last issue more by chance than design. Like this book! From 2008, JLA Classified #54, "Final Justice" Written by Roger Stern, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Mark Farmer. 

This was the conclusion of a five-parter, split between the classic, pre-satellite roster and the Watchtower team; both facing evangelical alien supergod Titus. Railing against earth's current religions, Titus offers himself as an alternative and in his initial visit, offers the JLA spots in the pantheon under him. On his return visit, he's mostly just out for revenge, and Wonder Woman worries his victory may be prophesied.  

Titus's "thou shalt have no gods before me" schtick could be tiresome, if these issues weren't straight punch-'em-up.  Design-wise, he resembles Kalibak a bit; and even has a big honking mace; but there's no New Gods tie-in here. Still, a perfectly fun wrap-up to this title.

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