Why I picked this comic:
I am not, in anyway shape or form a fan of the Nu52. If there was any silver linings it came in the form of the Justice League series, written by fan turned pro Geoff Johns and originally pencilled by 90’s wunderkind Jim Lee it was DC’s new flashy opening comic and acting as a jumping on point, we well as for many a jumping off point. It was an issue 1 in the truest sense of the word and after a number of Marvel options, I felt that a DC issue was a good idea.
Was it a good idea though?
The Comic Itself:
Justice League 1: August 2011
Justice League Part 1 was written by Geoff Johns and had pencils by Jim Lee who was inked by Scott Williams.
5 Years ago and the world is only now learning of the existence of superhumans. In Gotham City an alien being is being chased by the Batman who is joined by Green Lantern. The pair corner the creature who destroys itself in the name of Darkseid. All the survives is a glowing box. Realising the creature and the box’s alien nature the pair then head to Metropolis to find the only other alien that the have heard of, the one referred to as Superman.
The fly in a glowing energy construct, passing over a high school football game, where the star is Victor Stone. As the game ends, he realises that his dad missed this game as well, preventing him from sorting out a college scolarship. As the other players see this amazing sight, Victor muses that his father will be a lot more interested in what Victor is seeing than he appears to be in Victor.
At a Metropolis demolitions site, Green Lantern lands with Batman and goes on ahead, confident this with his power ring, he can handle this guy. The next scene is of Green Lantern being punched through several walls as his quarry does ‘handle so easily’. In a flash of red and blue light Batman is now face to face with an irate Man of Steel.
The Thoughts of The MIGHTY Rosie
Question 1: Have you heard of this property before? Yes, I had.
Question 2: What were you expecting? An introduction to the Justice League?
Question 3: What did you think of the cover? Curious, because half the cast is looking up and the other half are looking ahead, for some reason.
Question 4: What did you think of the story? Very quick, very fast paced.
Question 5: What did you think of the art? It was okay, very dark though.
Question 6: What did you think of the dialogue? Witty and arrogant, which I expected from Batman, not so much from Green Lantern though.
Question 7: Does it make sense? Yeah it did.
Question 8: Was it accessible as a new reader? YNo, because it starts straight with an action scene, none of the characters are introduced or explained, you are just expected to know who everyone is.
Question 9: Did you enjoy it? I did.
Question 10: Would you read the next issue? I would.
Question 11: What would you do differently? They were trying to do a number one, but still had a history in there, this could be done better.
Next time: X Marks the spot.