Justice League #1
Words: Geoff Johns
Pictures: Jim Lee
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Just like Flashpoint was not a good end to the old DC Universe, the first issue of the new 52 started out with a crawl instead of a run. Justice League begins with the police hunting Batman and an alien, during a chase through Gotham City. Then he meets Green Lantern and then they go looking for the alien. This is all setup but, I have complained about this before, a new comic needs to kick off with something big. This one really doesn’t.
Plus, if DC wants to bring in new fans with the new lineup of 52, they should try to give them something more than Johns gave us in this debut issue. It sound like I am ripping on Johns a lot in these two reviews but I really like him as a writer. He has brought a great outlook to the DC Universe, I just feel that at his important time in the comic industry, he might have delivered more. On the other hand, Jim Lee delivers some great artwork in this issue. I am really impressed with his art in this first 52 book.
There are only four members of the Justice League seen in this issue. Most of it is Batman and Green Lantern playing the exposition game. Green Lantern explains, in almost insultingly simple terms, that there is a Green Lantern corps. I almost think they are not only rebooting this for new fans, but new really young fans. Then the big bad guy is revealed for the first Justice League run, and that is the biggest positive of this issue. If you are going to put the mightiest heroes on Earth together as a team, have them fight the baddest man in the DC Universe and we are getting Darkseid.
That is cool.
It’s also cool that Batman doesn’t trust other heroes, has a file on Superman and considers him dangerous and too powerful. That is a great starting point. What is not great is Green Lantern’s arrogance. He talks down to Batman because Bruce has no powers and then informs him that he is the Green Lantern and he can handle anything. It is not what I want from Hal Jordan. We also get Cyborg as a high school football player, pre-powers, and learn his dad investigates the superheroes. Finally, at the end, Green Lantern and Batman search out Superman only for Lantern to get blasted by Supes before the Man of Steel faces off with Batman and asks “so, what can you do?” I like the edgy Superman here and hope he doesn’t get boring very quickly in the new 52.
So, I am torn. Not much happens here and there is a lot of bad exposition throughout. I like the Superman appearance at the end, like Batman’s trust issues and dislike Lantern’s arrogance. I also hope they get the rest of the heroes in the comic soon. Plus, Darkseid as the first 52 villain rules all. At the end, I can give it a mild recommendation but it’s nothing to knock yourself out over.
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