Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Justice League #1

   As the Justice League starts a new chapter with a new #1 issue and a (sorta kinda) new creative team, it's good to see that the team is (mostly) the classic configuration.

    (Well, it's the "classic" New 52 version, anyway.)

   So we get (the "new") Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg - the only one missing is Hal Jordan, whose spot is covered by the two newest Green Lanterns, Simon and Jessica.

   As you'd expect from writer Bryan Hitch, the menace they face is larger than life. It's also mysterious.

   We start with Wonder Woman fighting to stop a war - but things quickly escalate beyond that conflict, as the world is racked by a mysterious cataclysm.

   And that's when things get ever stranger.

   The art is by veteran Tony S. Daniel with inks by Sandu Florea and it's powerful stuff, with strong layouts and terrific character designs.

   The series is off to an excellent start, and as long as they stick to the current lineup (guest stars are encouraged, of course) and the current creative team, I think it'll continue to be one to watch.

Grade: A-




Anonymous said...


We usually agree on your grades, but I'm having trouble being this optimistic with A- here. The story drags, not much (besides some cool action) happens, and, when you get to the final page, there's a collective "meh" at that point. My two cents. Maybe the future will bring us more to root for, but I kinda doubt it....


Chuck said...

Anon, that's the challenge of grading an issue that's just part of a bigger story. Perhaps the upcoming "chapters" will shed more light, or drag it further into the mud. Hard to say, so I just go with my gut reaction sometimes (with perhaps a dash of optimism in this case). We'll see!

Anonymous said...

Good point, Chuck!