Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Justice League #1
Artist: Jim Lee
Company: DC Comics
Well, the wait is over...Here comes the Justice League. Much has been speculated over these past few months, these oh so long months, since DC announced a relaunch to their entire Universe. There have been skeptical comments, hushed whispers of problems behind the scenes, so many people making fun of popped collars, and of course, the great debate of whether or not Wonder Woman will have pants or sport her more classic attire. Now though, the wait is over and we finally get to see just how Geoff (Green Lantern) Johns and Jim (X-Men/Batman: Hush) Lee set sail in this new and magical DCU.
So, now the big question: How was it?
The short answer to that question is easy. It was pretty damn good. It certainly fit the criteria that I was looking for when it was first announced. That criteria, in no particular order being:
1. Is it fun?
2. Does it have action?
3. Does it feel new?
The having action was a big issue for me. Remember a few years ago when the announced a new Justice League of America being relaunched? A new number one promising so much, when in fact for the first few issues it was Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all sitting around a table trying to decide who was in and who was out? Yeah, I feared that we might see that again, but all that worry was for not, as there is action here. Action that screams fast, furious, and more importantly, fun.
Like any other writer, Geoff Johns has his ticks and crutches that he falls back on, but with Justice League, I didn't see many, or for that matter, any of those ticks. The humor that we see could be called a little schticky, but I thought it worked with the story being told, and that's really all that matters in the end.
From page one we are thrust into the action as we are quickly introduced to a new and more lethal Gotham City and a police force that isn't quite as happy with their bat eared defender as we are used to. Johns' Batman isn't a departure from what we have known him to be, but there seems to be more pep in his step, which leads to a few scenes that gave him a much more lively, if a little dangerous, side to him. In conjunction with that, we also get a Hal Jordan that we haven't seen before. It's something that I found to be one of the more interesting aspects of the entire issue, as we're so used to the character that Johns has written for so long. It's, for lack of a better word, neat that Johns is able to take a character that we think we know and then turn him on his head and come up with something else.
So yes, the Justice League has returned better than it's been in quite some time. Will it stay that way? That question can't be answered, but if Johns is able to create a story that is just as engaging and capturing as his Green Lantern stories, then I think we may be in for a great deal of entertainment.