The Best Comics in June Part 2: Lucifer and Southern Justice

Each month the staff at 8th Dimension Comics picks out the best book to review. Check out Part 1.

Justice League #31: I skipped the whole Forever Evil crossover event because when I bothered to read a few of the villain one-shots like Killer Croc I just couldn't be any less impress. Both Marvel and DC have been freebasing universal conflicts lately and it's gotten too unbelievable even for superhero books.

The latest Justice League, though is mostly talk between lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne. The former has figured out the masked identity of the latter, and the quiet battle of will between the two geniuses is better than any punch fest. It also shows just how amazing Luthor has become as a character. Still devious, still scheming, but still under all of that a strange core of wanting to do the right thing for everyone.

He just also wants to be in charge as well.

In other news, Captain Cold is now a hero for his role in helping stop the invasion from another universe, which is a strange thing for the second-rate Flash villain. Cold has been one of my favorite returns in the New 52, delving deep into the nuance of the criminal mind in a sympathetic way. He and Luthor were made to be a team.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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