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Justice League #1
Geoffrey Borgonia (10/03/2011)
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Justice League New 52 #1SPOILER WARNING: If you haven’t read Justice League #1, be warned that an in-depth summary is included in this review.

The scene opens with men armed to the teeth with high-powered firearms, the G.C.P.D. logo featured prominently on their personal body armor. A tell-tale sign for those in-the-know which city this particular S.W.A.T. team hails from. Further down the page, a small caption signals to the reader that this occurs 5 years in the past, as we get a glimpse of the cityscape and see the advanced helicopter units these bad boys in black use to follow their quarry. We then see the individuals being given chase. The one at the lead remains unidentified; but the one after him is one the police have a history with. As the spotlight shines upon the creature of the night called “The Batman”, revealing his grim visage, the words “…BRING THEM BOTH DOWN” sends the message clear to the police… and to the reader…

This isn’t your dad’s “JUSTICE LEAGUE”.

The relaunch of the entire line of DC Comics titles has been the hottest topic across the face of the comic book industry since it was announced in May. And it would not be a simple re-numbering, as first thought; the entire continuity of the DC Universe since “Crisis on Infinite Earths” would grind to a halt and a new timeline would be established where things are both familiar but different at the same time. In this brave new world, the idea of the “super-hero” is in its relative infancy. And while the individual origins would be fleshed out in other books, the first story that would herald this new DC Universe would be its flagship title, JUSTICE LEAGUE.

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Your Comments:
Great art but needed more content. Superficial views of the heroes-should have been a double issue. I'm not saying bring back the thought bubbles but more thought panels would have given it more gravitas imo.

Posted by: Sam Meyers on 10/18/2011 1:17:36 PM
This issue didnt work that well outside of the art. But its a set up so lets see what the next few issues bring.

Posted by: Slade Wilson on 10/12/2011 5:26:05 AM
I agree with much of what you've said. I'm eager to check out the second issue and see how the other team members will be introduced.

Posted by: Markus on 10/3/2011 10:48:23 PM
It's my understanding that the "armor" is more ceremonial than for protection. In any case, I leave the explanation to Grant Morrison as he stated he will be presenting the evolution of the suit in Action Comics.

Posted by: Borgy on 10/3/2011 9:41:15 PM
I didn't like this issue. The ending felt cliched and I really didn't know enough about this new Superman to care whether or not Batman fights him. Putting the events five years before "the present" just gave me a sense of disassociation from the rest of the DCU. MEsch has a point when he suggests they should have all started at the same point in time. At least it would have felt relevant. Prequels that try to explain how all the main characters met seem to come off as contrived and boring to me.

And Superman's armor is ridiculous. If he's invulnerable why would he need it? And if he did need it why would he leave his face unprotected? Hey bad guys, AIM FOR THE FACE!

Posted by: Wombatboy on 10/3/2011 9:26:45 PM
My gripe, and I base this on the review, not actually reading JL#1, since my B&M can't keep it on the shelf, is that as a GL & GLC fan, we're GETTING continuity, but not really... here's my point. Granted this review answers my question reading the other titles associated with this reboot (Red Lanterns, GL, GLC, GL: New Guardians) that sotryline for that set of characters continued on through War of the GL's, post-Brightest Day/ Blackest Night. Hal Jordan is expelled & disgraced; Sinestro's back as a GL.

Thankfully the review resolved my dissonance: this takes place 5 years ago. Heaven forbid a relaugnch & reboot all start at the same starting point: Day 1, Year 0.

Posted by: MEsch on 10/3/2011 9:34:01 AM