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Subj: Good, But Not Excellent.
Posted: Fri Sep 02, 2011 at 02:44:09 pm EDT (Viewed 538 times)
Reply Subj: Justice League #1
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 04:34:03 am EDT (Viewed 1018 times)

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Very bland imo

What do others think

[I just wrote a lengthy review of Flashpoint #5 only for the site to go down yet again unfortunatly and lose it..... not happy. Not one bit happy....] mrpo

Anyway, I've just read Justice League #1 and really enjoyed it.  O\:\-\)
I'd forgotten just how good the Lee/Williams team are and here they are given some superb coloring from Alex Sinclair - it's simply a stunning book to look at.
In terms of writing it's decent, it reads well enough but I can definitly see where the critics are coming from. This is a book and story that is written for the Trade collection, the formula and presentation is unmistakable.

There is not much of a defence here as DC have repeatedly stated they were not structuring for the Trades anymore and that there had been enourmous attention put into making the book as appealing to new readers as possible - making your first issue be the first chapter to a six(?) part saga is not what I'd call appealing to a new reader. Not at 3.99 a pop. Same goes for Action Comics, which I know is a six part opening arc.
Featuring only Green Lantern & Batman Justice League is a book that relies on the characterisation to pull the reader along as the actual story content is very thin indeed. Fortunatly Geoff Johns is on form and the treatment of GL in particular crackles from the page, the way Jim Lee draws GL is one of the great highlights of the book. His power and personality are rendered in perfect synergy with the script and for his last act we see the first glimpse of Lee's new Superman design which actually looks very striking. This is going to be one of those costume designs that only its creator can actually pull off I think. It's entirely 'Jim Lee'.
Overall there are two ways to judge the book: "Did *I* like it?" and "Does it fulfill the hype and mission DC meant it to?"
On the first a resounding yes from me, on the second - No.
If you want to do a first issue of a team book like this that is aimed at both introducing the concept and getting the attention of new readers I think you should be looking at a much faster pace, no slowboating like this, You should getdropped into the story straight away with the core of the team introduced in the first act, The Giffen/DeMatteiss duo did this in the 80s, Grant Morrison did this in the 90s, and more personally Johns himself should know this given he had a hand in the 1999 JSA relaunch that also had the team in action and pretty much assembled in the first issue and like Morrisons JLA the first arc was done by issue Four!
So in short I liked it very much, it is what it is, I think these days all you can do is judge each book on its own merits. I would't have launched Justice League International just yet as it really does add unnecessary confusion so early in this relaunch.....

P.S. I wonder if I'm alone in feeling there are parallels in this book to the Ostrander/Wein Legends Mini? \(fear\)

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