We jump into the first week of the big DC relaunch with Justice League #1 by superstar creators Geoff Johns & Jim Lee
Justice League #1
Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Jim Lee
First impressions are everything, and the Justice League is definitely the first impression when jumping into DCs new 52 initiative. DC starts the issue by putting their best foot forward, and in this case that’s Batman. Their second step is Green Lantern and these are the two characters that we join for the tour of the new DCU. Honestly speaking it’s an odd pairing but when you think about it these are two of the most currently popular characters in the DCU, and who better for these two to go meet than Superman, thus completing a new trinity.
Green Lantern and Batman team up to take down some robotic monster, and along the way Green Lantern asks the question that everybody would like to ask Batman: as evidinced by humorous online videos, we get spoon fed the fact that Batman is just a man in a suit while Green Lantern’s ring can do anything imaginable. We get nods to Darkseid, Cyborg & Lexcorp, before witnessing the first meeting between Superman and Batman, setting up the second issue. Even though that seems like a lot of info, any new readers will not recognize anything but what’s in the foreground. This is where most comic readers will have problem with this issue; it’s trying to cater to new readers and the promise of big things to come may not be enough to keep them invested.
This issue really is a pure marketing ploy and a good one at that, Superman, Batman & Green Lantern are the faces of the new DCU, and are presented as such; the issue caters to both the fan boy and the new reader as best it can, while still revealing pieces of a bigger picture. Jim Lee on art is something readers, both old and new, will associate with superhero comics and Geoff Johns has been the face of DC for several years now. Both have been very successful in not only the DCU, but the entire comics industry in general. This comic suffers from the same problem most first issues deal with; it’s not impressive on its own and we’ll only know it’s true value once the story arc finishes several months from now. The end of the issue sets up a confrontation that many readers will probably return to see play out, but let’s hope the coveted new reader is interested enough to wait almost two months for the second issue.