Well that was pretty meh. After hating #5 this was a bit of an improvement, but still, not very good. This story pretty much neutered Darkseid and rather than big him up as a credible threat, just turned him into a generic strong person. We didn’t see any of the innovative ideas that the New Gods are known for, any spark of Kirby’s madcap genius was gone and replaced with grim 90s rubbish. And then he was defeated because Cyborg thought really hard about what it means to be a man! And then Superman punched him! And then there was a Super-Friends joke! Lame. This really is the most mediocre side of Geoff Johns’ writing, and I say this as someone who’s really enjoyed his work on Green Lantern and Aquaman post-reboot. This whole story was just average and unnecessary, like a child’s idea of The Ultimates. When you compare this to other JLA origin stories like JLA: Year One or even New Frontier, it doesn’t even compare. Hopefully now that this is out of the way, Johns and Lee can get on with telling big, wide-screen Morrison-era style JLA stories, but that’s a big if. The back-up was lame, I really don’t care about this ‘Pandora’ and I think it’s fuggin’ stupid that they had to have an in-universe reason/get-out clause for the reboot in the first place, DC should have had the courage of their convictions and just done it, not used it to plant seeds for some event or some way back.