Comic Book Reviews - JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 Review
Category: Comic Book Reviews
Writer: Geoff Johns
The best description I read for Justice League #1 was that it reads like a giveaway comic that came with an action figure (a sentiment coming from Curt Franklin of Comics Alliance.) Continuing that train of thought, it started to remind me of that Subway ad comic that DC was including in all their books recently. Of course, Jim Lee can draw circles around the Subway comic guy but I bet the writer of that gem could give Geoff Johns a run for his money. Now, I’ll admit to not being terribly familiar with Mr. Johns’ work (because I don’t care about Hal Jordan and thought that bringing back Barry Allen was an awful idea) so maybe he’s always this bad; that being said, Justice League #1 and all five issues of Flashpoint had about 2 or 3 pages of actual story between them. The rest was filler interspersed with “funny” and “clever” “dialogue”.
That’s especially disheartening when you consider this comic was supposed to be DC’s big, ballsy lead in to their reboot. Instead, it’s a completely forgettable story that takes about 3 minutes to read. In it, Batman is running from the cops while fighting what turned out to be a Parademon (at first I thought it was supposed to be Killer Croc) and then Green Lantern shows up. They banter back and forth a bit and then Superman punches one of them (don’t want to spoil that bit of plot revelation; you’ll have to read it for yourself to find out who!) Oh yeah, and Vic Stone is sad because his dad won’t come to his football games. Much has been made of the fact that half the characters on the cover don’t show up at all, but I’d be okay with that if we got, you know, a story.
As far as the art, Jim Lee is in fine form, as usual. The action set pieces are all clear and dynamic and the chase scene between Batman, Green Lantern and the Parademon is certainly well rendered and easy to follow (sadly this chase scene takes up most of the plot.) Beyond his well documented ability to draw people hitting each other, Lee is also adept at penciling in the perfect expressions to fill out the conversations. Batman scowls, smirks and broods perfectly and at the perfect moment and the framing of the ring stealing scene is also quite well done. Alex Sinclair’s colors stand out as well, with the striking green contrasting with Batman’s blacks and greys and all the pretty orange explosions.
Overall, this thing is a waste of 3 dollars and 99 cents. It makes me sad to think that there might be people coming to comic stores and grabbing this book to see what the big reboot fuss is about. Those people are going to read it once, throw it on their coffee table and never have the desire to read a comic book again. And that’s a shame. Some of the other reboot titles actually look and sound really interesting, so it puzzles me that DC decided to lead with this one. Oh well. I’ll still pick up Action Comics #1 which, by all accounts, is actually worth reading.
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