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Justice League #1 - Justice League, Part One Review

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The rebirth of the entire DC Universe begins here. Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make sure it starts off with a bang. An interesting re-telling that is setting the stage for a new, but familiar universe.

This is the beginning of a whole new comic world. The perfect jumping on point. Both new readers and those familiar with the characters will be able to dive in and witness the beginning of a new era.

The Good

This is the start of it all. Justice League will now be the flagship title for the DC Universe, kicking off the relaunch of #1 issues across the board. It's an interesting time filled with excitement. It's almost as if we're reading these characters for the first time despite knowing all about them.

From the information we can gather from the first three months of solicitations for the new issues, we know that some titles (like Action Comics and Superboy) appear to be taking place in the past and telling us about the characters' early days. Other titles featuring those same characters, like Superman and Teen Titans appear to be taking place in the new present. We don't know if this will always be the case or just a way to start out the series.

With Justice League, things begin "five years ago." This is the early days of the Justice League. We know things are the same yet completely different as a result of Flashpoint. We have an idea of how things will end but the excitement is seeing how the team will form. Seeds are being planted. There will, as in previous beginnings, be a large and deadly threat that will require the formation of the team.

Besides a cover featuring the biggest heroes of the DC Universe, we have two of the biggest names in terms of creators at DC Comics. Geoff Johns has been cooking up a storm lately at DC. He practically has the keys to run the entire Universe. He has proven himself time and time again and we know we're in for a thrilling ride. This is the story of the Justice League but there's no way it's going to be the same old story we've seen many times.

Then there's Jim Lee. Man-oh-man how I've missed his art. I cannot express how thrilled I am to see Lee's art on the biggest title of the relaunch. I would pretty much read anything that has Jim Lee's art. Luckily he's drawing a Geoff Johns book. The entire team is not in this issue but Lee's new versions of the characters don't feel as radical as some may have feared. Honestly, there's very little change. If anything has changed, it's the mood of the Universe rather than the characters' look.

The Bad

I completely dig both Geoff Johns and Jim Lee so I should totally love this book, right? Close, but not quite. Part of me is a little reluctant to see a new beginning. Because I have been reading these characters for so long, I feel I don't need to see how it all begin once again. There is enough of a difference without being too drastic but I can't help but look forward to when this beginning period is over. That being said, new readers should love seeing all this.

I also have to wonder why we have Cyborg instead of Martian Manhunter. I understand that J'onn is going to be in Stormwatch and we are to expect some changes. If this is the formation of the Justice League for the first time, I just expect Cyborg to be part of the formation of the Teen Titans and not the Justice League. I like the character but he just feels like a Titan, especially if we're talking about the beginning of his career.

The other downfall, for me, is the fact that this is a single issue. While I do buy collected arcs in hardcovers, I'm a big believer in the single/monthly format. Because this is the beginning, this will no doubt be great when collected. As a single issue, it feels like the action is abruptly cut off.

The Verdict

The "New 52" is off to a great start. As it's meant to be, this book kicks off the relaunch of everything in the DC Universe. Who are the characters? Where do they stand with each other and the world? What is the big threat that brings them together? These questions are answered or touched on in a subtle way that makes it easy for new and old readers to follow.

Everything about the new DCU is a mystery to readers. Now we're getting some answers and in the hands of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, we can be assured things are safe. Johns is known for updating the beginnings of characters. He pretty much has been given full creative control over the DCU lately (or that's how it seems). I have enjoyed his work in the past and I'm sure I will enjoy this. Jim Lee's art is phenomenal as always. As big of a fan of both, this wasn't a perfect issue. It's still early to determine what the new/old team will be like.

Cyborg is a questionable addition that will hopefully make perfect sense in upcoming issues. The main problem is because of the single issue format, the action and telling of the story has to be paused as we wait for the next issue. I do prefer single issues over collected trade paperbacks (even though I buy many of them) but this issues tells me it's going to read a lot better once it's collected. It's a good start and we can all relax a little as we look forward to all the rest of the issue #1s.

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Posted by obscurefan

I agree, this is a good solid issue, even if it does feel like the action is cut short. I really enjoyed seeing Green Lantern and Batman teaming up for the first time, but since this is the Justice League book, I'd have liked to have seen more members than just the two of them for the whole issue. As you said, this will probably be fantastic in trade format though.

Posted by KRYPTON
Well it is finally here, the issue we've been waiting for
Posted by Fluke-buddha

Actually I think Cyborg makes more sense than Martian Manhunter.  MM is pretty much another Superman with a few extra powers. Doesn't make much sense to have 2 people on a team with pretty much the same powerset.  Cyborg brings something new to the League since they've never really had a tech guy.  I think DC is trying to elevate Cyborg to be kind of  their counterpart of Iron Man.

Edited by CombatSpoon86

Good solid first start issue but a lot left desired. Overall good start. Hal/Bruce first time meeting and team up. This is definitely better in trade format than waiting monthly for the issues.

Posted by CBattles6

I agree with Fluke. With so many top-shelf heroes in this book, MM would just get lost. It's better to give him top billing in a different book and give Cyborg a more high-profile spot after his prominence in Flashpoint. It's the same argument for putting Booster Gold in charge of the JLI.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Just got it myself. And yes, it truly is a solid all around good issue, even if I did have to wait in line about 90 mins to get it ::shudders:: Ironically in that wait I just read it while I was waiting so, good stuff! Great review :)

Posted by Eyz

Oh man... °___°
 
...'guess I'll wait for the TPB in any case :P

Posted by eregecardoso
@Fluke-buddha: GR8 Perspective on the Iron Man/Cyborg thing, really smart :)
Posted by Comicfan47

Good bye old DC Universe

Posted by hitechlolife

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.

Posted by iLLituracy
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
LOL, but no I like Cyborg better, he's got a different power set and like was said before it would be good to have him as the Tony Starkish tech guy. 
Edited by hitechlolife
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
Posted by iLLituracy
@spiderbat87 said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
LOL, but no I like Cyborg better, he's got a different power set and like was said before it would be good to have him as the Tony Starkish tech guy. 
I respectfully disagree. Why would you need a Tony Starkish tech guy? Tony Stark isn't part of the Justice League and this isn't the Avengers. Batman does fine enough with tech.  
 
I'm all for adding diversity, but why not replace Hal with John? 
 
Cyborg doesn't fit to me. You have a bunch of known heroes and then you just shoehorn Cyborg in and he looks out of place.
Posted by Fluke-buddha
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.

There's nothing 21st century about a token black guy either.  Cyborg isn't essential, but he's a good addition.
 
@eregecardoso said:
@Fluke-buddha: GR8 Perspective on the Iron Man/Cyborg thing, really smart :)
Thanks man! :-)
Posted by iLLituracy
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
No...if Martian Manhunter were in it, it would be primarily white people and a Martian.  
 
And represented in what? This is a superhero team, it has little to do with race. I do agree that there should be racial and ethnic diversity but at the same time...what are you even saying?
Posted by hitechlolife
@Fluke-buddha said:
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.

There's nothing 21st century about a token black guy either.  Cyborg isn't essential, but he's a good addition.
I agree, they should have done more, which is why I went with essential. All white would be a total disgrace.
Posted by hitechlolife
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
No...if Martian Manhunter were in it, it would be primarily white people and a Martian.   And represented in what? This is a superhero team, it has little to do with race. I do agree that there should be racial and ethnic diversity but at the same time...what are you even saying?
DC have been selling this relaunch on it's updated diversity. You could see how an all -white team would be contrary to that I assume. Adding in a martian doesn't solve the problem.
Posted by Or35ti

I can't wait to pick this up!

Posted by iLLituracy
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
No...if Martian Manhunter were in it, it would be primarily white people and a Martian.   And represented in what? This is a superhero team, it has little to do with race. I do agree that there should be racial and ethnic diversity but at the same time...what are you even saying?
DC have been selling this relaunch on it's updated diversity. You could see how an all -white team would be contrary to that I assume. Adding in a martian doesn't solve the problem.
But adding one Black guy does? 
 
Why is an African-American > Martian? You have something against Martians...that are sometimes depicted by Black men, I mean?
Posted by hitechlolife
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
No...if Martian Manhunter were in it, it would be primarily white people and a Martian.   And represented in what? This is a superhero team, it has little to do with race. I do agree that there should be racial and ethnic diversity but at the same time...what are you even saying?
DC have been selling this relaunch on it's updated diversity. You could see how an all -white team would be contrary to that I assume. Adding in a martian doesn't solve the problem.
But adding one Black guy does?  Why is an African-American > Martian? You have something against Martians...that are sometimes depicted by Black men, I mean?
Well, for one thing there's no martian readers out there wondering why almost all their heroes have white skin. The opposite is true for non-fictional minorities. Adding in Cyborg to the JL doesn't solve this no, but it avoids the greater embarrassment of going with an all Caucasian(plus alien friends) squad.  It also gives DC an opportunity to bring him into prominence.
 
As for Martians, I actually like Jonn, he's one of my favorites. Stormwatch is one of the books I'm pumped for.
Posted by goldenkey

I liked it.  It was good.  Obviously it's going to be a six part intro to everyone, then another six to tell thier first team-up.  Somthing along those lines.  The art was GREAT as expected.  The suits on the characters worked fine once I started reading the story.  I had a feeling I was reading Ultimate Justice League.  It also finally set in that.................what is the DCU mainstream that just died off being called anyway, is there a name for it yet.  I know Marvel's 616 is named after an adress or something so wouldn't it seem right to do the same thing with DC? 
Posted by iLLituracy
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
@iLLituracy said:

@hitechlolife said:

Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
My point was that only white, caucasian people are represented by the Justice League without Cyborg. That wouldn't be great start to the new, 'more diverse' DCU. A green skinned alien would hardly substitute for every other culture out there.
No...if Martian Manhunter were in it, it would be primarily white people and a Martian.   And represented in what? This is a superhero team, it has little to do with race. I do agree that there should be racial and ethnic diversity but at the same time...what are you even saying?
DC have been selling this relaunch on it's updated diversity. You could see how an all -white team would be contrary to that I assume. Adding in a martian doesn't solve the problem.
But adding one Black guy does?  Why is an African-American > Martian? You have something against Martians...that are sometimes depicted by Black men, I mean?
Well, for one thing there's no martian readers out there wondering why almost all their heroes have white skin. The opposite is true for non-fictional minorities. Adding in Cyborg to the JL doesn't solve this no, but it avoids the greater embarrassment of going with an all Caucasian(plus alien friends) squad.  It also gives DC an opportunity to bring him into prominence.  As for Martians, I actually like Jonn, he's one of my favorites. Stormwatch is one of the books I'm pumped for.
I don't wonder this. Nor do I read a book because a character has the same skin color as me. I'm not disagreeing and saying that there shouldn't be diversity, but at the same time I don't see an absolute need for it. to the point where you throw in Cyborg who seems out of place. 
Posted by goldenkey

did anyone notice, and this isn't exactly a spoiler, but the story starts out saying 5 years ago?  I'm wondering about the Robin aspect of things again.  Batman is on his forth Robin already and Killing Joke is supposed to have happened. talk about a cluster.  I also don't agree with Cyborg being put on a team to be the TECH guy.  It's a comic.  Tech bullshit pops up out of no where all the time with any kind of .........what 's the word Im thinking of.  Reason?  That's not it.  I also don't think it's to make the book PC and put the black guy in there either.  I think it's just to change the book a little bit.  I like Martian Manhunter but having him in Storm Watch is an exciting idea.  I hope they change Apollo and Midnighter and don't make them gay tho.  I just never thought it worked and think it would hurt the sales for the book. 

Edited by Dernman

I don't care about Apollo and Midnighter being gay. I'm more bothered about there being another Superman Batman types in a world that already has them. 
 
Superman
Icon
Apollo
Captain Marvel
Mr Majestic
Martian Manhunter

Batman 
Midnighter
and so forth

Posted by Loki9876

i collect all my comics in tpb it's a bit fustrating to wait that long but i like that i have a finished story so i will buy this in tpb

Posted by ReVamp
@Fluke-buddha said:
Actually I think Cyborg makes more sense than Martian Manhunter.  MM is pretty much another Superman with a few extra powers. Doesn't make much sense to have 2 people on a team with pretty much the same powerset.  Cyborg brings something new to the League since they've never really had a tech guy.  I think DC is trying to elevate Cyborg to be kind of  their counterpart of Iron Man.
That'd be like putting Wiccan in the Avengers cause there isn't anyone like him there Yet. 
 
Then again, I'm just a fanboy, :P
Posted by Roldan
@Dernman said:
I don't care about Apollo and Midnighter being gay. I'm more bothered about there being another Superman Batman types in a world that already has them.   Superman Icon Apollo Captain Marvel Mr Majestic Martian Manhunter Batman  Midnighter and so forth
It's so we can finally get the Batman/Superman vs Apollo/Midnighter. Seriously though, they're suppose to do more interstellar stuff if you look at the previews.
Edited by Dernman

Superman should be a big thing. That's why he is stuck with the dumb name.
There is nothing special about him in the universe now. Now it's like eh so what. Over there are a 100 guys that can do the same thing.
 
Why is he Superman and not one of those other guys.

Posted by IamKryptonite
@hitechlolife:   I agree Cyborg serves a role in the league and he's BA . I would of rather had John Stewart as the lantern in JL too. Hal's great don't get me wrong and I love the banter between he and Batman but J.S. and Guy are the best. But I think the JL is in great hands.  I would rather stick to collecting the hardcovers anyway cause they look so distinguished  on my book shelve, but I will be getting most of the No. 1's and prob some subscript's aswell to do my part for comic community. Anyhow can't wait till my JL #1 arrives in the mail!
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

It was a terrible first issue. Really disappointing. 

Posted by KainScion

not a really good start. reminds me of all star batman & boy wonder. it's good but not great.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Blimey, seems quite a mixed set of reactions.

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Hey to all thinking it wasnt good. wat do you want?! A whole war being played out between all the members and some huge villain- come on its the FIRST issue....sure it was a little fast paced but it leaves u wanting more,the end gave me goose bumps,for ppl who dont want that cliffhanger at the end just wait for the trades,this is geoff johns n jim lee!! the art was amazing the personalities really stood out in the writing of both batman and green lantern and its got those little details that tell you its gonna build up to something Huge,i think people expected because its justice league that everyone should be there in the start n fighting monsters n stuff but wat u don get is This First story arc is the retelling of how they met,u cant cramp that up into thirty pages,every characters individual personalities have to be explord first n the way they agree n disagree that leads them to fight together,so srsly stop with ur oh im so dissapointed and it sucked for a first issue, For comic book readers,to an extent yeah it wasnt the best but u gotta realize this is the starting point,THE first issue of the new DCU (or DCnU) n for all the new readers its attracted.....n the negative comments are probably makin new readers turn away(hopefully not) but this is gonna be big u can feel it plus for ppl who want action next issue is Superman vs Batman so there u go :D

Posted by Dernman

Superman better Stomp Batman

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@iLLituracy said:
@spiderbat87 said:
@iLLituracy said:
@hitechlolife said:
Cyborg is essential. There's nothing 21st century about another all white superhero team.
Martian Manhunter isn't white. I would prefer him over Cyborg.
LOL, but no I like Cyborg better, he's got a different power set and like was said before it would be good to have him as the Tony Starkish tech guy. 
I respectfully disagree. Why would you need a Tony Starkish tech guy? Tony Stark isn't part of the Justice League and this isn't the Avengers. Batman does fine enough with tech.   I'm all for adding diversity, but why not replace Hal with John?  Cyborg doesn't fit to me. You have a bunch of known heroes and then you just shoehorn Cyborg in and he looks out of place.
Although I agree that John Stewart should be there instead of Hal I think Cyborg is a great addition to the team, yea Bats is a tech guy also but not quite the same way as Cyborg is. Also Martian Manhunter is to much like Supes (last of his race, power-set ect) but he is a great character and i think he will fit in well with Storm watch.
Posted by Dernman

I think they should have revamped Martian Manhunter. Give him his full body suit back with a pointier head. Go down in strength class and lose the eye beams.
Focus more on the TP, shapeshifting, and intangibility.

Posted by mikeclark1982

i am like you g-man. i am a huge fan of single issues, but 90 percent of the time, i leave the shop with a trade, but i bought flashpoint, minus number 1, so maybe this will keep me interested in the first arc and i will eschew the trade. issue one is a great jumping on point and a barometer for if i, or many other readers stick around and buy the single issues, or just wait until january or march for the first trade. 

Posted by Dernman

Although I like trades better I don't buy them there is no way I would be able to wait for trades.

Posted by jointron33

Cyborg replacing Martian Manhunter is retarded

Posted by entropy_aegis
Johns finally wrote a Hal Jordan with personality,he looks like he's getting Batman too. 
AWESOME issue.
Posted by TheGoldenOne
Meh.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@entropy_aegis said:
Johns finally wrote a Hal Jordan with personality,he looks like he's getting Batman too. 
AWESOME issue.
Noooo, you liked it? How? 
Posted by Jake Fury

I'm so confused.
Posted by entropy_aegis
@TheGoldenOne said:
Meh.
Your avi say's otherwise lol. 
@FadeToBlackBolt
said:
@entropy_aegis said:
Johns finally wrote a Hal Jordan with personality,he looks like he's getting Batman too. 
AWESOME issue.
Noooo, you liked it? How? 
It was enjoyable,and we might get some Great Darkness saga type story for Darkseid.
Posted by FadeToBlackBolt
@entropy_aegis: I tore it apart in my review. I hated the whole thing, save the art, which still wasn't as good as Jim Lee is capable of. 
Posted by TheGoldenOne
@entropy_aegis: The art was awesome, but the story wasn't :P
Posted by Dernman
Posted by UltimateSMfan
@entropy_aegis said:
@TheGoldenOne said:
Meh.
Your avi say's otherwise lol. 
@FadeToBlackBolt
said:
@entropy_aegis said:
Johns finally wrote a Hal Jordan with personality,he looks like he's getting Batman too. 
AWESOME issue.
Noooo, you liked it? How? 
It was enjoyable,and we might get some Great Darkness saga type story for Darkseid.
totally agree wit u man,for a 1st issue for new readers it was awsome!! n johns really is giving each character a distinct personality(in the flash rebirth barry describes Hal the same way) cant wait to see how he writes the others.
Posted by LordRequiem

I keep see Hal Jordan on this cover, does him being relieved from duty as a Green Lantern remain cannonical?

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