The wait is over ladies, gents, and extra-terrestrials, Justice League #1 marks the beginning of the new DC universe. In this case, the issue starts off five years ago with a story about how the Justice League came to be. Prior to this story the superheroes worked in secret and they stuck to their own cities. Heroes like Batman, Green Lantern, and Superman had never even met each other, but were all equally disliked by the general public.
Hal arrives in Gotham and with Batman’s help takes care of an alien threat, that threat being one of Darkseid’s minions. After quite a bit of time bonding and sharing stories, the two of them take a trip to Metropolis to to see if Superman has any connection to the alien threat. Not too pleased with the out of town visitors, Superman makes quick work of the Green Lantern and sets his sight on Batman.
I’ve been on the fence with regards to this new DC since it was announced, and that will probably be resolved on a series to series case. In this case, having read the first issue of this I’m of mixed feelings. For the most part, though, I thought that this issue was great. As a huge fan of Batman, and this issue having been very Batman heavy, how could I not? Geoff Johns writes a decent Batman and a great, jovial Hal Jordan, and the story itself is a pleasant one. Jim Lee’s art is outstanding work and is really enhanced by Alex Sinclair’s colors. Here’s hoping that even with Johns and Lee on the creative team this series is out on time every month, because it has the makings to be a great book.
It’s perfectly obvious that this first issue was meant to be very new reader friendly, maybe even a little too new reader friendly. Chronicling the beginning of the Justice League is great. It’s an easy way to introduce characters and it gives us a look at some of the new origins that have been created. But if I were a new reader to comics, or even to the Justice League, I’d feel a little gypped. The issue was almost completely a Batman/Green Lantern story, with a brief appearance by Superman and a non-powered Cyborg. Basically, there was a whole lot of hype surrounding this new team of heroes, but the pay off won’t be here for a couple more issues. Also, I think having Darkseid be the first villain is a questionable choice. I mean, if you start off that big, where do you go from there? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 4.5/5
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