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Justice League #1 "The new 52" Review

Justice League #1 Review

 

  One of the things that I have talked about in previous articles that I have written is how various forms of media seem to go through cycles (horror, action, sci-fi, comedy, ect.). Now we have a new edition to the cycle in the form of the reboot.

 

  Reboots are in my friends and oh my is DC Comics taking reboot to the next level. As you may or may not have heard, DC Comics announced a few months back that they would be rebooting the entire DC universe. Even old stand bys like Action Comics and Detective Comics would start over with a brand new #1 issue.

 

Sorry Mayan's Demotivational Poster

Close but no cigar.

 

  As part of this bold initiative DC Comics will also begin same day digital distribution of all of their titles starting with Justice League #1. This will be tough on Comic Book stores already hurting in a poor economy. Another big hit for fans will be the reduction to the amount of titles being released to 52. Some of your favorite characters may no longer have their own titles anymore.

 

  So how did it all happen? Well DC decided to go the J.J. Abrams route and use time travel to initiate the reboot. You can see how the universe ended and was reborn in the Flash miniseries Flashpoint #5.

 

Flashpoint Reboot

O.k. it might have happened slightly differently in Flashpoint #5

 

  The Justice League has been around for a very long time, making their first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #28 in March 1960. They would get their own book later that same year in October.

 

Justice League #1 Issues

Here we go again...

 

  The original team consisted of Aquaman, Batman, The Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Martian Manhunter, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

 

  With the reboot the new team seems to consist of Batman, Cyborg, The Flash (Barry Allen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Superman, and Wonder Woman. Only three of these heroes make an appearance in the first issue.

 

  The reboot is a completely different story then the previous ones told of the formation of the Justice League. This title is being used to give us a small glimpse into what DC has in store for us in the future.

 

  The issue begins set five years in the past. Batman is chasing someone while being chased by the Gotham City police department. We learn very quickly that the old world that had heroes running around for the past few decades is now gone, replaced by a world where superheroes have just started to become prominent. The chase is interrupted by Green Lantern who is searching for an unauthorized extraterrestrial presence in Gotham.

 

Not just some guy in a costume

Um yeah... pretty much.

 

  The two of them team up to deal with the problem in Gotham and then decide to investigate the rumored alien known as Superman in the city of Metropolis.

 

  Overall the first issue sets the tone for the new DC universe. Forget everything you used to know because things are very different now. The world is much more gritty than it used to be (reminded me of a slightly toned down version of the Marvel's Ultimates series).

 

  Batman is great as always, not only are people unsure if he even truly exists, but he is far from having the good relationship that he had previously with the police. His costume is not too bad but the spikes on his gauntlets looked rather silly.

 

  Green Lantern has had his overconfidence turned up to eleven. His costume and power ring looked pretty sharp. His personality kind of reminded me more of Booster Gold than Green Lantern.

 

  Superman makes a very brief appearance in the comic book (without his red briefs), but he certainly leaves an impression.

 

  This is not the Superman that we all grew up with. He seems shall we say menacing in this issue. The new uniform worn by Superman is a bit odd; I think it's the turtle neck that throws me.

 

  Uniform choices aside I did enjoy the art style presented in the comic for the most part, with only a few panels seeming a little bit odd. For example when we are first introduced to Batman, it looks like he is punching the ground with both fists for no apparent reason.

 

New Superman

After seventy years Superman finally realizes that you're supposed to wear underwear under your pants, not over them.

 

   My bet is that all of this rebooting gets well rebooted next year and everything will be back the way it was. This seems like a publicity stunt much like the one that DC ran before during the Death of Superman story arc.

 

 Overall an interesting issue, but will it bring in new readers? Of course it will, the real question is will they stay and continue to spend money month after month and if not, have they alienated the current fan base to the point that sales will eventually drop even more? Only time will tell.

 

Final verdict for Justice League #1  7/10

 

    -Professor

 

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