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Justice League #3

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Justice League #3

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Ji
  • Inks: Scott Williams
  • Colors: Alex Sinclair with Hi-Fi & Gabe Eltaeb
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2011

The first gathering of the Justice League continues as Darkseid’s forces attack major cities and start carrying people off into the sky not unlike the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz. If you have been reading this book since the first issue, then you might have realized that this plot development is hardly any different than last issue’s, but that is not entirely a bad thing. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are giving readers an action-packed introduction to the world’s greatest heroes, and they are not afraid to have some fun along the way.

Wonder Woman makes her first appearance in the title, but she is a far cry from Brian Azzarello’s darker take on the character in his current Wonder Woman series. This Wonder Woman is new to the ways of polite conversation, proper etiquette, and ice cream. Attempting to keep her in check is Colonel Trevor, who does little but chase her down as she spoils for a fight. Her personality is humorously aloof, and combined with her tough edge, her introduction is handled nicely. Johns writes her as a mix between Xena and Clueless, which is surprisingly entertaining.

Meanwhile, Supes, GL, Flash, and Batman are busy beating up ugly winged creatures while they antagonize each other. Green Lantern seems jealous of Superman, while Flash belittles Batman for not having powers (“I thought you were a vampire or something,” he says). They feel like a disorganized group of college kids with big egos all trying to prove they can drink the most beer. The dynamic feels fresh and is a welcome change that comes off natural because they do not all get along right away, but instead seem to be learning about each other.

Unfortunately, the plot has hardly moved forward at all. All of the attention is given to fleshing out the characters, and it has been great, but most readers can only take so many splash pages of these heroes knocking out countless monsters, which has been all that has been delivered for the past two issues. In fact, so far it appears that all of these monsters could be defeated by Superman single-handedly, bringing up the question of why there needs to be a Justice League at all. Now that everyone has had their debut, hopefully the story offers some context for the boom tubes opening up around the world and finds a more substantial threat that challenges the heroes.

Seemingly disconnected from these events is Vic Stone, whose father’s lab has come under a similar attack. His introduction has been purely based on drama, whereas the other heroes have been drenched in humorous quips. However, now that he has begun his transformation into Cyborg, it will be interesting to see how this Teen Titan manages to earn his spot on the team.

Lee’s art style has influenced the style of many popular artists since his debut, so it is hard to find many faults with what has become the blueprint for comic art. He certainly handles the big action sequences well and knows how to make his splash pages pop, but there could be more detail on each character’s face to make it sync better with the dialogue. No matter if Flash is speaking respectfully to a civilian he just saved or Batman is chastising GL, each person seems to be wearing the same strained grimace. Overall, his efforts sync up nicely with Johns’s blockbuster-movie-style script and deliver another satisfying chapter to DC’s flagship title.

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