The Creators – Steve Orlando – Writer, Ivan Reis – Artist, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira – Inker, Marcelo Maiolo – Colours, Clayton Cowles – Letters
The Players – Batman, Frost (Formerly Killer), The Ray, Vixen, Lobo, Black Canary, The Atom, Lord Havok, The Extremists
The Story – Batman has decided to put his own version of the Justice League together and does so with some questionable choices that may or may not turn out to be a good thing for whatever battle it is that Batman thinks is coming their way.
The Take – Steve Orlando creates an air of mystery about Batman’s motivations in this book and yet even though he may not be the most forthcoming of people, the rest of the team who are not quite a team as of yet, seem to trust him if only for the fact that he is indeed, Batman. Caitlin Snow is quite interesting, a now former villain who is looking to turn her life around and who knows that it is going to be easier said than done. In fact, most of those on the team realize that working together, much less being accepted by the public, is going to be quite the task. The one member who is perhaps the strangest pick to include is Lobo who fills the Wolverine quota on the roster and continues to refer to himself as the ‘Main Man’ on numerous occasions. Another very intriguing choice Orlando makes is bringing in Lord Havok as the first villain for the title. While Havok always seemed more of a B-type bad guy, he looks to pose quite the threat in this book and Orlando creates some palpable suspense amid all the action that takes place during the latter half of the story. While it is nice to have a proper Justice League of America book on the stands, it has more of a Batman and the Outsiders vibe than anything else, which is not a bad thing per se, but proves just who it is that is in charge. Providing the artwork is Ivan Reis and a variety of inkers and the book is a thing of beauty, now one of the best drawn books in the DC stable. With a great cliff-hanger that leaves readers wanting more, it remains to be seen if the book has legs, but there is no doubt that it will.
Worth It? – Yes.