Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Bullet Review A Week Too Late? The New Justice League
With the DCnU coming out tomorrow, I thought I would take a quick look back at Justice League #1. Tomorrow I'll review my new pull list.
I realize that Justice League #1 is the 'how they became the JLA' story in the DCnU, set 5 yrs ago when superheroes were urban myths. But it's biggest weakness, as a result, is that we don't get the whole team in this first issue. It is almost entirely Batman and GL. I almost wish there was an opening 'one and done' story showing the team together and then the retelling of the origin. Or a framework story which leads into the origin. As it is, I feel this issue was almost too slow of a burn. When will Wonder Woman join in? Issue 4? For something as 'huge for comics' as this release, it should have shown the whole team together. I mean, if this is a jumping on point for new readers, for people where this is their first comic ever, this might seem weird. Where is everyone?
The story is semi-interesting in that it is the first time everyone in the book meets each other. Hal's overconfidence in the ring and Batman's overly cautious nature shows these are 'young' heroes. Their interaction was good, showing quickly the basis of each individual's personality.
And Jim Lee does his usual great art.
But this could have easily been solicited last year as JLA Year One #1. This read like JLA: Secret Origin, just another retelling of the team's beginnings albeit with new costumes. There just wasn't enough juice in the issue for what I thought it would be. This was supposed to be an event.
Overall grade: B