A Marvelite reviews DC’s Justice League #1

31 Aug

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Big words DC, big words.
The most awaited comic book in the history of, well, comic books is officially out. Estimates suggest that around 93% of the people who read comic books are buying this book. The other 7% are downloading it off the internet even as we speak. Eager for its little gamble to succeed, DC has assigned the flagship title, which is supposed to introduce us to the new DCU, to its A-team : Geoff Johns on words and Jim Lee on art. Unfortunately, it appears DC has only half of that equation working for it.
Set 5 years before the present day DCU, Justice League #1 takes us to the time of the first Introduction of Super-Heroes to a world that fears them. The book opens in Gotham City with Batman chasing some kind of Alien getting chased himself by the police. Green Lantern swoops in and does his thing while mocking Batman for not having any powers. They then decide the ‘unauthorized extraterrestrial presence’ and this weird alien who’s been showing up in Metropolis have to be somehow connected. They track Superman in a demolition zone in Metropolis and Green Lantern gets knocked out before they can say ‘Howdy’.
I know what you’re thinking – “So that’s how the book starts.”
No it’s not, that’s all we get. I kid you not, all we get in the first issue of the Full reboot is Batman and Green Lantern playing Buddy Cop. What DC really needed to do was give us all the main characters and bring them into conflict with big explosions all over the place. That would be starting with a bang.
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See, I’m all for Character interactions and, as a casual DC reader, actually liked the I-hate-you-but-I-love-you bromance Batman and Green Lantern always had, but this is just not the place for it. The intentions are obvious in pairing up their most popular character with the character who recently got an albeit bad summer flick to give the new readers something familiar. However, the issue completely pales if you compare it with the other Big Superteam origin story in the modern era, New Avengers #1. Also, one more thing not in the book’s favour is the fact that instead of getting the Hal Jordan we’ve known and loved for decades, we get the Douche bag Van Wilder version that already got his ass kicked in the Box Office. On the other hand, Johns writes one heck of a Batman, so much so that I’d now rather he’d write Batman or Detective comics instead of JL.
There were (and are) a lot of apprehensions about whether Jim Lee would be able to keep up with a monthly schedule considering his history of delays, but tell you what, I won’t mind reasonable delays if he continues to hit it out of the park like he’s done here. Excellent Visual storytelling and some good Batman action and GL constructs go a long way in salvaging the issue.
All in all, badly plotted, with awesome art, Justice League #1 kicks off the DC reboot to a lukewarm start. The next month will tell if this goes on to be accepted and embraced by the fanboy community, or goes the way of ‘Heroes Reborn’. 
Score : 2.6/5
Review by Anubhav Sharma

9 Responses to “A Marvelite reviews DC’s Justice League #1”

  1. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    i agree with you.. the book was underwhelming.. if Goeff is writing for the trade.. he needs to understand the new readers are not gonna stick around and wait for the collection if you dont capture then now

  2. V August 31, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    That was such a biased review, Yuck!!!

  3. Anonymous August 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Definitely seems to be a biased review.

  4. raj August 31, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    well written…green lantern could have definitely had some work done on him

  5. Anubhav Sharma August 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    okay lemme just say here that i was looking forward to this issue as much as anyone else. I don't hate DC just because I prefer Marvel. Its called an opinion. At the end of the day, its just about good and bad comics.

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  7. Mr. Universe September 1, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Here's the thing folks – the reason for this relaunch is to cater to new fans and readers apart from regular and old fans like myself and some of you. This article is by and from the point of view of someone who has no connection as a serious fan to DCs universe and the whole point of his reviewing the titles is to show how the reboot comes across to the intended target readers. So lets be fair to Anubhav and not get too emotional – for the hardcore DC fans, we will have reviews by long-time readers more familiar with the material as well over the coming weeks. Something for everyone no? Thats what Comic Addicts is all about – that and letting everyone have their fair say. 😉 Cheers all!

  8. Mike September 1, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    I agree with the reviewer on the story, it was sadly underwhelming….and I AM a DC fan of 30+ years, and a Johns fan. The story was a big yawn and a huge letdown for what's considered to be a major relaunch.My disagreement is the art. I have loved Jim Lee's art since he first put pencil to Rogue. His Batman:Hush storyline is probably some of his most beautiful and outstanding wirk to date. This JLA art was…bad. It looked way too rushed, which I'm sure it was. The cover alone was extremely boring, unexciting. Hello? FLAGSHIP title and total universe rehaul?? Give us something exciting on the outside cover! Even the JLA LOGO was bland!!So. I have to wonder already if I even care enough to pick up the next issue. This one does not have me wondering or caring where it's going at all. I know the first story arc is set 5 years in the new DCU past and the next arc jumps them to present day…I don't know that I'll be along for the ride, though.

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