The long wait is over, Justice League #1 from the DC New 52 is finally here and I picked up a copy from Chucks Comics. Now it has been a very, very long time since I’ve read a DC comic and the last time I read Justice League in comic book form was the very last of the Giffen, DeMatteis and Maguire era. Frankly with DC flushing its universe and having a Final Infinite Crisis every year I really didn’t have the urge to look at any of their books. So will the new DCnU52 change my mind?
I’ve read this book from cover to cover, put it down and then re-read it. This book is the launching point of the new DC universe a deliberate choice to what has been a much hyped relaunch. I’m not sure what I expected, maybe a little more than I got, more of the League forming in this issue, or perhaps a glimpse into the status of the other heroes that will make up the team? Although we do get to see Vic pre-Cyborg. I needed something that would of left me more pumped and excited than the end of this book left me feeling.
Lets start from the top, the art in this book is beautiful Jim Lee’s work looks amazing with great inking and coloring that really pop the pages. I did feel the helicopters you see at the start of this story were a homage to The Dark Knight Returns, and we open up with Batman being shot at by the Police as he runs down an extraterrestrial threat. During the roof top chase he runs into Green Lantern who seems to be channeling more early John Stewart than Hal Jordon; with an over reliance on his ring. Of course Batman just to show how badass he is steals it with relative ease. The story develops from there and the pair head to Metropolis to confront? Recruit? Superman – actually I don’t really know why they go to Metropolis unless Hal has serious impulse controls issues. The book ends not with the Batman has a plan and here is the team I’ve already recruited to deal with this threat; but with us facing DC’s most famous SUPERhero who has a very different attitude than what you are used too… And that was that…
In all a good Superhero book with a nice bit of action, beautiful art and a brisk read. Its not grandstanding, it didn’t leave me breathless, but it did leave me wondering what is going to happen next. I do feel this has all been done before, with all the edgier attitudes shown its like reading an Ultimate title that just happens to have DC characters in it. The hype left me expecting more than what we got; what this book is if you break it down is a solid superhero book that works as a nice gateway for new readers into the DCnU52.
3.5 Thumbs up out of 5