Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Justice League #1 (DCnU) - Review

The story starts five years ago in Gotham City as Batman encounters a strange creature on the rooftops. It's not long before the police label them both a threat, because in this new DC Universe super-heroes are just showing up, and they're not welcomed. After a tangle with the robotic creature, Batman is saved by Green Lantern Hal Jordan, who encounters Batman for the first time. The two of them investigate the incident further by traveling to Metropolis to question Superman, but find themselves outgunned. Written by Geoff Johns and drawn by artist Jim Lee, this new and bold take on Justice League showed us what it might be like if these heroes met for the first time in this new modern era of comics. Hal and Bruce are very cocky toward one another, and it seems as if it is the first time either of them have encountered another hero. They already know collectively that the general government and public doesn't trust them, but know that they're both on the same side. The strange thing is that they both have a basic fear of Superman -- which I honestly understand completely. If someone entered the fray of heroism and was basically indestructible it would probably put other heroes off a bit. The writing by Johns is what I've come to expect from him at this point -- brilliant. I was apprehensive about the DCnU and this book has made me realize that everything is going to be okay. It didn't hurt that Lee's awesome artwork was paired with John's story telling. I'm not sure how I feel about everyone being armored, but hopefully these costumes won't last forever. Why does Superman need armor? Green Lantern I can understand because it's a ring construct, and Batman needs protection, but Superman? Not really needed. Overall it was a great issue, and I'd recommend anyone interested in comics to pick it up. It's marking a brand new fictional universe in the comics medium, and it's most likely going to set the tone for the rest of them. This isn't the DC Universe where heroes are plainly accepted. From the looks of things these versions of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and the others are going to have to earn their respect and titles as if they had never existed before. Good luck Justice League, and God's speed. Well, I guess the Flash doesn't need it, but he hasn't shown up yet.

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