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Justice League #1

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Justice League #1

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Jim Lee
  • Inks: Scott Williams
  • Colors: Alex Sinclair
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99 ($4.99 print/digital combo)
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2011

The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee give Justice League a blockbuster start that is sure to please old and new fans alike.

The superstar team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee provide one hell of a blockbuster start to not only Justice League, but to the new DC Universe as well. This inaugural issue is a landmark in the comic industry for being the first comic released under DC Comics’s day-and-date digital initiative, as well as the first look at the DC Universe post-Flashpoint. Thankfully, more than either of those, it is a prime example of top-notch super hero storytelling.

Johns introduces a world where super heroes are unheard of. Batman is first shown being assaulted by the police as he chases down a bad guy, only to have a run-in with the young and cocky Green Lantern. Batman and GL have never met, are not buddies, and are at odds more often than not. Their stark difference in crime fighting makes for a volatile partnership; one wields light and the other operates in darkness, and Johns mines that dynamic for some great laughs. Batman’s first words to GL are “You’re too damn bright,” and that sets a far more realistic tone: this ain’t no Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends.

Lee turns in a whole issue’s worth of stunningly detailed art. The characters are noticeably younger and leaner with slight adjustments to their costumes, but nothing so extreme that anyone would wonder who they are looking at. Sinclair’s colors elevate Lee’s pencils to even more impressive levels: the organic/robotic bad guy emits fiery red energy; Batman’s wields his cape like a tangible shadow; and GL’s brilliant green energy is enough to make you squint. The art quality here is so high that it will be interesting to see if the art team will be able to churn out comparable work on a consistent basis.

The story’s adrenaline-fueled pacing slows down just enough to offer an introduction to a young Vic Stone, who more than anyone else in the new Justice League lineup will benefit from a fresh introduction. Johns seems primed to give him just that, but also knows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He ends the issue on a note that will leave old fans and new readers alike with a big smile on their face – and that is exactly the point.

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