Four Colour Thoughts – Justice League #1

The Creators – Scott Snyder – Writer, Jim Cheung – Artist, Mark Morales – Inker, Tomeu Morey – Colours, Tom Napolitano – Letters

The Players – Martian Manhunter, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow, Flash, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Cyborg, Plastic Man, Mr. Terrific, Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, John Stewart, The Joker, Sinestro, Gorilla Grodd, Black Manta, Cheetah

The Story – The League is back after the events of No Justice and after they put a stop to Vandal Savage’s machinations, they detect an even greater threat approaching Earth. They also destroy the moon.

The Take – It is a new era for the Justice League, one that finds them still fighting the good fight, but it is now a fight that seems much larger in scope due to the breach in the Source Wall and all of the dangers that it now brings with it. One of those dangers is headed towards Earth, though just what it is still remains to be seen. How will they fight it if fighting it is what’s called for? By the time the League finishes their conversation about said threat, it might already be too late. Scott Snyder begins this new chronicle in the best manner possible, starting it off with a bang and then introducing a threat that might be bigger than all of them combined. Throw in Lex Luthor who seems to have new found conviction and purpose and a new Legion of Doom on top of that and it looks like the man has big plans for the team which can only mean good things for readers everywhere. Luthor in particular makes this book better than it would have been, the man far more evil than many might remember him from the last number of years’ worth of stories and what he does to Vandal Savage has to be seen to be believed. Also a standout in the title is the Martian Manhunter, the newly elected leader who thinks he might not be worthy, but proves himself to be as such over the course of the story. The man was always the heart and soul of the team and Snyder brings him back to that, back to the core of what his character is and it is good to see. As for the artwork by Jim Cheung, it is among the best that he has ever produced and the best the Justice League has looked since the Darkseid War. One thing that happens which is utterly ridiculous and yet so utterly fitting is the destruction of Earth’s moon in essentially a throwaway moment. It seems like such a little thing as the team is used to facing threats bigger than any single hero could defeat and it proves that point, reducing the destruction of a celestial body to a mere triviality. Leaving the book on a cliff-hanger, one that leaves multiple plot points hanging to draw the reader back, Snyder and Cheung accomplish just that and it is not a question of wanting to read the next issue, but of having to read it.  All of that and a new Hall of Justice too.

Worth It? – Yes

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  1. I read this issue, it was perfectly fine. Great art by Jim Cheung, a decent story by Snyder….and it did absolutely NOTHING for me. I didn’t come away with any thoughts of “That was a great comic.” Nothing. It was just there, and I had read it.
    I really feel like this is something that would have excited me in years past, but something inside me has been broken by years of New52, rebooted characters, etc. and I no longer get a charge out of reading most of their mainstream super-hero books that I used to.
    Thankfully there are lots of other comics on the rack for me to enjoy, but I am happy that DC has been ramping up their game in bringing top-notch creators to the table. LOTS of people have been digging their stuff, so they’re doing something right.

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    • I know exactly what you are saying and for a lot of books, I think the same. New 52 burned me right out – most of that stuff was awful and after it was over and their next initiative started, I was a little sceptical. But Detective, Action, Superman, Hal Jordan & the GLC and a few others brought some of that magic back I thought and this book feels like a step in the right direction.


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